• Ravens players Mark Andrews and Patrick Queen said they will continue to fight after losing to the Bengals
  • Josh Johnson showed a stellar performance after stepping in for sidelined backup Tyler Huntley
  • Ravens now face must-win matches against the Rams and Steelers in their final two games of the season

The Baltimore Ravens extended their losing streak to four games after their Week 16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, but the team reiterated their belief in each other following the game.

During the post-game press conference, tight end Mark Andrews was asked about the Ravens playing with a severely depleted roster a few weeks before the playoffs are set to begin.

“This whole year has been just one thing after another. But there's one thing that remains true – is that we continue to fight,” Andrews remarked.

He credited Ravens head coach John Harbaugh with pushing them amid their difficulties.

“We continue to have resiliency, and I think that starts from Coach Harbaugh. Coach Harbaugh is someone that preaches that each and every day. No matter what happens to us, no matter what's thrown at us, we've just got to keep on fighting,” he added.

The Ravens had been resilient enough in their past three losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers, and they were tested once more versus the Bengals.

Baltimore was again bitten by the injury bug after backup quarterback Tyler Huntley found himself on the COVID-19 reserve list a day before the game as no. 1 play-caller Lamar Jackson deals with a bone bruise.

Journeyman Josh Johnson had signed a 10-day contract with the Ravens prior to the sudden turn of events and put up an admirable effort against the Bengals' defense.

The 35-year-old had a day with 304 yards on 70% completion, which was good for two touchdowns, while only allowing one interception for a quarterback rating of 98.3.

However, the Bengals and quarterback Joe Burrow’s four touchdowns were simply too much to overcome as the Ravens fell 41-21 when it was all said and done.

Inside linebacker Patrick Queen reiterated Andrews’ comments when he spoke with the media Sunday.

“It's been nothing new this whole season. It's just been one thing after another. We've just been preparing. We've been working, we've been preparing, we've got faith in the guys that we got – because everybody that we've got right now is all we need. We've got faith in each other. We've just got to go out there and perform,” said the sophomore linebacker.

The loss to the Bengals pushed the Ravens down to second in the AFC North division with a record of 8-7, placing them squarely in the Wild Card round if the season were to end today.

The Ravens are one of the NFL’s most hampered teams this season with 16 players sidelined, but coach Harbaugh is optimistic that they will have most of their key players back for Week 17 against the Los Angeles Rams.

Time is of the essence for the Ravens’ season as the team is in a must-win situation against the Rams and then the Steelers in Week 18, with both games being played in their home field of M&T Bank Stadium.

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Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 26, 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images