Jackson completed 13 of his 19 passes and carried the ball 17 times, while also throwing an interception in the win. Flacco was unable to practice all week due to a right hip injury, which will not require surgery. The Ravens have known about this injury since before their bye week a week ago, but did not name Jackson as their starter until late Saturday night.
It took a comeback on this day, as they trailed, 21-13, in the second half, but were still able to send the Bengals to their fourth loss in five games. The 32nd overall pick in the NFL Draft took over and did just enough to help the Ravens bring their home record back over .500 at 3-2. Both of these teams remain in second place, looking up to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the division. The Steelers rallied for a road win in Jacksonville on Sunday.
The Bengals had a chance to tie the game late, but Randy Bullock missed a 54-yard field goal with 3:59 to play, and the Ravens would run out the clock from there. Cincinnati has struggled since starting off 4-1 through October and in first place in the division, as they are now at .500 for the first time this season. Andy Dalton threw for 211 yards and touchdown passes to Matt Lengel and John Ross on the day. Joe Mixon also found the end zone on the ground, but could not get much more production other than that.
The Ravens will hope to have Flacco back next week when they play host to the struggling Oakland Raiders, while the Bengals will return home to battle the lowly Cleveland Browns.