The game of the 17th week between Cincinnati and Baltimore was a matter between two teams with two different directions. Cincinnati, who entered last week after already being eliminated from the competition, may even be looking for another loss to improve their draft position next season, and Baltimore wanted a place in the with a win Secure playoffs.
The game started with a Ravens hit on two of their first drives that took 12 minutes of possession when last season’s most valuable player, Lamar Jackson, tied a long pass for a touchdown and kicker Justin Tucker added another field goal that Baltimore earned a 10-0 lead in the second period.
Born in Karksi-Nuia, Margus Hunt gave the Bengals some light at the start of the second round but got his hands on two consecutive Jackson passes and slammed the second, with Akeem Davis-Gaither coming in to intercept him. However, the Bengals were unable to use the Estonian long arms and afterwards thrust the ball back towards the ravens. Baltimore added another touchdown, to which the Bengals responded with a field goal and led the teams for Baltimore 17-3 in half.
A historically efficient attack by the Ravens didn’t hold back in the third quarter, scoring three touchdowns, the third on a 72-yard run by J.K. Dobbins. The Bengals finally got a grip on Baltimore in the closing stages after the Ravens lost most of their starting line-up in preparation for the play-offs.
The Bengals ended the season with a record of four wins, eleven losses and one draw, missing the play-offs for the fifth straight season. While Sunday’s result was a cap for a pretty miserable season, there is hope in Cincinnati as young quarterback Joe Burrow showed potential before injuring his knee. The Bengals are hoping for a quick recovery and will try to talent the team in the off-season.
Hunt ended the season with four pass deviations, a sack, a blocked field goal and a fiddly recovery. He played well in his humble role to start the season with the New Orleans Saints, and after being cut in week 5, he moved to the Bengals where he shone on a weak line of defense. The final section of the season should give the teams enough tape to rate Hunt and the Estonian will be looking for a new contract this summer.
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