The good and bad from the Ravens week 1 win

The good and bad from the Ravens week 1 win

  • 2020 NFL Rookies
  • Browns
  • Greg Roman
  • J.K. Dobbins
  • John Harbaugh
  • lamar jackson
  • Malik Harrison
  • NFL
  • Patrick Queen
  • Patrick Ricard
  • Ravens
  • Ronnie Stanley
  • Tyree Phillips
By Migue Duran September 14, 2020 0 Comment

After a CBA negotiation, a pandemic, a CBA renegotiation, protest and more, we finally have football to talk about. And some things never change. Including the Baltimore Ravens beating the Browns. This time in convincing fashion, 38-6. Here’s the good and the bad from the Ravens week 1 win.

The Good

Rookie contributions

Patrick Queen got his first sack and led the team in tackles. Malik Harrison deflected a pass covering Odell Beckham Jr and had four tackles.

JK Dobbins scored a couple of touchdowns.

Devin Duvernay and James Proche contributed on special teams. And rookie Tyree Phillips held his own as at right guard replacing Marshall Yanda.

MVP does MVP things

Lamar Jackson had a great passing day with 80% completions, 275 yards and 3 touchdowns. The variety of throws included: screens, slants, deep passes and even some sidearm throws.

Lamar showed his improvement as a passer early on. The ground game wasn’t good, as the Browns contained it all game. But who needs to run when the air game is working great.

The MVP of The Game

Greg Roman has weapons and wants to use all of them. The 99-yard series included a combination of plays with Ingram, Ricard, Edwards, Dobbins, Boykin and Hollywood Brown. One of the reasons for playoff losses the past two years was the lack of variance in the offense. This year the playbook looks deeper and better than ever

The Bad

The injury luck didn’t smile in Baltimore

Ronnie Stanley left the game after having his ankle rolled over. The All-Pro left tackle is key for the Ravens running and passing game. Missing time would impact heavily Baltimore’s ability to have an elite offense.

Harbaugh discarded a long term injury but DJ Fluker does not look like a decent NFL tackle and that could be a problem.

Run Defense has work to do

The front office revamped the front seven with four new starters looking to improve the run defense. That didn’t matter this week as Cleveland still ran for 100+ yards. Their zone blocking scheme was a problem for the Ravens front and it was the same problem that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.

Project Pat putting the rock on the ground

The coaching staff wants to involve Patrick Ricard more. However, losing the ball in a short-yardage situation won’t help his case at all.

A promise that doesn’t tell

Chris Board has had a couple of nice training camps but has failed to translate it into games. He bit badly on a fake that led to the Browns’ only touchdown. If he wants to be more than a special teams guy, he needs to show more on defense than he did in week 1.

Final thoughts on the Ravens week 1 win

On the TV, the game didn’t look much different than any other regular NFL game. Obviously teams felt different, but the average fan can’t complain about the product on the field.

You really can’t ask for a better start to a season than with a statement win over a divisional rival. The offense looked sharp and the defense showed aggression for takeaways. Surely the Ravens were out for a little revenge in this game too. The Browns handed the Ravens their last regular season loss, in week 4 of 2019.

By the way, the Ravens have outscored their opponents 144-19 over the past three season openers. This is the NFL. Not college football where powerhouse teams often play Directional State University week 1

The Ravens will be heavy favorites next week vs Houston. Though coming from a physical divisional match up to take on Deshaun Watson and the Texans after a mini bye week could complicate things a little bit.

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