There was plenty of scouting done on Finley before the draft and a host of pundits praised the Bengals for the selection.
Equally glaring was how the Ravens were able to control time of possession. The stretch includes a 23-17 home victory October 13 against the Bengals. If the Ravens hit that average against Cincinnati, their rushing yardage will rank sixth in the NFL's Super Bowl era through nine games of a season. "We were really doing a good job early in the year and it's not as good right now".
Polian said he was eager to watch the showdown on Sunday night because Jackson is so fun to watch - as a quarterback. Coach Zac Taylor said the ankle was bothering Green after a morning walkthrough, so he got treatment instead of practicing with the team in the afternoon.
"I think he's been making great progress", Taylor said.
Entering his sophomore campaign leading a Baltimore Ravens team on the heels of a first-round playoff loss, Jackson still had detractors following a promising second half of 2018 that ended in a tough way.
"We're going to take the latter of that and reload and attack it like we did the last four weeks", Wormley said. "I'm excited for him and it will be a big week for him".
For the Ravens, who are 3-1 on the road, this might look like a feast in facing an inexperienced quarterback.
Former Ravens star running back and Super Bowl XXXV champion Jamal Lewis was in town for the Ravens-Patriots matchup November 3, and he got to witness an impressive victory for Baltimore, which took down the previously undefeated New England, 37-20. And, when considering only teams in the National Football Conference, there are not many that have been better. When a team has success on you, you're going to see some of those plays again.
Still, Harbaugh has identified some potential trouble spots. At the start of the fourth quarter, Rodgers had a measly 61 yards to his name, a career-low through three quarters for the QB.
The Ravens' approach is to take nothing for granted. It seems quarterback Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram are poised to make history. "At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what the record is". The Bengals had several players responsible for tracking him on plays, but he got away anyway.
Jackson picked apart New England's previously impressive defense and Baltimore chased Brady all over the field.