The Ravens lost to the Raiders in relatively embarrassing fashion on Monday Night Football to open the year. And then game two, was also under the lights against the Chiefs. They made sure that they would let the league know what they were all about by the time it ended.
And in a game that was probably the best in the league on the young year, they wound up with an incredible victory. They needed the win for their morale, and boy did they ever get it.
Lamar is Electric
Lamar Jackson is not a perfect QB, as nobody in the league is. But when the team needs a play, he always seems to make it. He is able to get out of the pocket and run as well as any RB in the league when he finds the seam. He takes the ball and just makes sure he can rack them up.
He went for over 100 yards against KC last night, and looked unstoppable at times. Sure, he threw a pair of interceptions to Tyrann Mathieu in the opening frame. But he more than made up for it, helping his team to 36 points against the 2X defending AFC Champions.
Most importantly though about the win, is it marked a little history for the QB. Jackson had never defeated Mahomes, entering with an 0-3 mark. But now he’s got a win, and though it will not be admitted publicly, the monkey is off his back now.
Next Man Up at the RB Spot
Despite losing the top three RB’s on the depth chart in the span of 10 days, Baltimore is still running the ball as well as ever. Rookie Ty’Son Williams is able to start them off nicely. And then Latavius Murray comes in and powers through defenders consistently. He has looked as well as he did serving as Alvin Kamara’s backup a season ago.
And when those two aren’t out there, Devonta Freeman is doing a tremendous job, mostly taking handoff fakes a Jackson takes it himself. He reeled off a 30-yard run in the opening quarter, reminding other teams of what they may be missing by allowing him to sign elsewhere.
And the ultimate runner is Lamar, but he can’t do it without the others. It’s truly incredible just how quickly they were all able to learn the scheme.
Defense Making Big Plays
The Ravens always find tremendous players in the draft. And this year was no different. WR Rashod Bateman hasn’t yet seen the field, but he is on pace to come back in a few weeks and provide a spark at the position. The team’s other first-round pick has looked amazing so far, though.
Odafe Oweh, who played his college ball at Penn State, was a huge reason for the win against KC. He not only came up with a number of big tackles, but forced a fumble inside of 90 seconds left in the game on Clyde Edwards-Helaire. And not only that, he cam up with the loose ball himself.
And they also had a huge third-down INT of Patrick Mahomes, a ball that was caught on a dive by Anthony Averett. Even down several starting CB’s, the next-man-up mentality helped propel them.
This is a scary team.
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