Joe Burrow, Tee Higgins continue to torch Ravens in spectacular fashion

Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens in the week 7 win 41-17.

In week 16, with AFC North supremacy and a potential playoff spot at stake, they picked up where they left off. The Bengals burned the Ravens by 31 points in the first half on Sunday as Burrow played in one of the NFL’s best football times this season – or whatever.

He received a great assist from Tee Higgins, whose mid-season breakout continued spectacularly into the second quarter. With the Bengals in front of third and 16 near midfield, Higgins started down the left sideline with two Ravens defenders in tow. It does not matter.

Burrow launched an armed missile with confidence in his sophomore catcher’s ability to catch the ball. Higgins repaid that trust. Draped by cornerback Kevon Seymour and safety Brandon Stephens, Higgins both jumped to collect the perfectly placed ball at the 3-yard line for a 52-yard gain.

Four plays later, Higgins received a one-yard touchdown pass from Burrow to pay off the big game. The touchdown gave the Bengals a 31-14 lead early in the first half and capped off a stunning first half of Burrow and the Bengals attack.

Burrow finished the time by completing 18 of 21 passes for 299 yards with three touchdowns. His total in yards was highest half-time of any NFL quarterback in 2021. The advanced metrics were equally astonishing with his 26 halftime plays yielding 21.9 added predicted points.

Higgins had scored 129 passes from Burrow and one of the touchdowns. The total marked Higgins’ fourth 100-yard effort in five games after producing zero in the first 11 weeks of the season. And again: he did it before the break.

All of this came in a match between a pair of AFC North 8-6 rivals with the winner taking control of the division with two weeks remaining in the regular season.

Don’t sleep in Cincinnati.

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