Marlon Humphrey, Ravens ‘standing on business,’ whatever it means

In response to a fan-submitted question, Baltimore cornerback Marlon Humphrey tried to provide some insight into the Ravens’ mindset by entering their NFL playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night.

“I want to give a quote (cornerback) Marcus Peters said, but that would not be family friendly,” Humphrey said during an appearance on “1-on-1 at the Castle,” a video series on the NFL team’s official website. “But I’ll give a quote that (linebacker) Roquan (Smith) said: We’re standing on business. I believe I know what that means. But what that means, I would say – I don’t even know really what that means. But it sounded cool when he said it, and I felt it.

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“And we’re riding behind him, and I guess the mindset is you got to go attack these guys. They obviously got crazy talent over there, so it’s kind of like you got to – you’re going to win some, you’re going to lose some. You’re just trying to win more than you lose.

“It should be good. Sunday night football, it’s kind of like dreams right here. First round of the playoffs, so I look forward to it.”

Baltimore has won one and lost one with the Bengals this season. The Ravens defeated Cincinnati 19-17 on Oct. 9, and the Bengals beat Baltimore 27-16 one week ago in the regular-season finale.

The Ravens will be playing a three-game set against an AFC North rival for the first time since they downed the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 in the first round of the 2014 AFC playoffs. Baltimore also split with Pittsburgh during the regular season.

“They just know you and you know them,” Humphrey said. “They’re going to do something a little different; we’re going to do something a little different. But the core values ​​remain the same. It gets fun. There’s a little beef there, there’s a little beef there, a little pushing and shoving, so it just kind of makes your love for the game really show, and I think that’s what makes it so exciting.”

After finishing last in the AFC North for three straight seasons, Cincinnati won the division for the second straight year in 2022. The Bengals won the conference championship last season and posted a 12-4 regular-season record this season.

“My first five years, it’d kind of been Pittsburgh the team to beat,” Humphrey said. “In the past, like, kind of year, it’s been the Bengals the team to beat. It’s a renewed rivalry, and to play them three times, I think, is pretty fun for both sides.”

The Ravens and Bengals square off at 7:15 pm CST Sunday at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. NBC will televise the game.

When Baltimore beat the Bengals in October, Lamar Jackson played quarterback for the Ravens. But the former NFL MVP missed the final five games of the regular season because of a knee injury as Baltimore went 2-3 down the stretch.

A shoulder injury kept Jackson’s backup, Tyler Huntley, from playing in the regular-season finale against Cincinnati. The Ravens’ injury report lists his playing status for Sunday night’s game as questionable, although he participated fully in practice on Friday.

Anthony Brown is next in line again if Huntley can’t play. Brown completed 19-of-44 passes for 286 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions against the Bengals last week in his second NFL game and first start.

“You either win or you lose,” Humphrey said. “I personally just don’t like to lose. It’s like what drives me is not losing. It’s like winning’s cool: Yeah, we won. But not losing’s like: Hrvmmp. You live to see another day. Because I associate losing with failure, so I think the biggest thing for me is not failing. That’s kind of what drives me every day to be a good player and, ultimately, to win a Super Bowl.”

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Humphrey was a three-time All-State football player at Hoover High School, and the Buccaneers captured the AHSAA Class 6A football titles in 2012 and 2013. Humphrey also won six individual state track championships with the Buccaneers.

Humphrey played on Alabama’s CFP national championship team for the 2015 season and was a first-team All-American selection by the Football Writers Association of America for the 2016 season before he entered the NFL as the 16th player picked in the 2017 draft.

With the Ravens, Humphrey has received Pro Bowl recognition three times, including this season, and was an All-Pro first-team selection in 2019.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.

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