DT Shelvin makes his season debut

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BALTIMORE _ In an effort to stop the Ravens’ dangerous running game, the Bengals activated sophomore defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin for the first time this season and the fourth time in his career Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

When the Bengals contained Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson last season here in a 41-17 victory, they allowed just 115 rushing yards, 88 of them to Jackson and, just as importantly, only 19 yards to running backs.

The Ravens have a new roster, but the best, Justice Hill (hamstring), is missing. JK Dobbins, who is coming off a knee injury that took him out all last season, is averaging 3.2 yards on his first 20 carries. But last week against the Bills he had a touchdown both receiving and rushing and the last time he played against the Bengals he had a career-high 160 yards in the 2020 Finals. .

Shelvin, a fourth-rounder in 2021, had a slow start to his pro career, in part because of a procedure he needed just before training camp. He didn’t make the final cut, hanging on to the practice squad and it looks like they wanted more size against the Ravens because they disabled tackle Jay Tufele to promote the 350-pound Shelvin.

The Bengals’ inactive five were all safe, although rookie cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt returned to practice this week after a two-month stint on injured reserve. Also missing were Tufele, running back Trayveon Williams, tackle D’Ante Smith and guard Jackson Carman.

INCLINATIONS AND SCREENS: It appeared left tackle Ronnie Stanley was set to play his first game since Game 1 last year and only his eighth since 2019…

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow could become the first quarterback to throw for at least 400 yards in three straight games against the same team…

Another big number of games: Burrow hasn’t thrown a pick in seven of his last eight regular season games, a huge factor in a series where the team that wins the turnover battle is 35-6 …. The Bengals lead, 7-4, when turnovers are tied…

Even bigger numbers. The Ravens are 18-2 in prime-time home games in head coach John Harbaugh’s 15 seasons and 7-1 on Sunday night.

Special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons has no doubt spent the week preaching about the speed of Ravens returner Devin Duvernay. He has the only kick return touchdown of the season, a 103-yarder against Miami on which he was clocked at 21.6 miles per hour for the fastest speed by a running back this season…

If the 25-year-old Jackson rushes for 11 yards on Sunday, he will be the youngest quarterback in history to rush for 4,000 yards in his 63rd game, eclipsing what Mike Vick has done in 87 games…

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