The first game of the season is here Baltimore Ravens fans! Here are some quick bullet points which will help you be the fans in the know:
This will be the Ravens second season opener against the Bills in three years. The 2016 opener was a 13-7 game win for Baltimore.
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The Ravens offense was the main focus of the offseason. This is the first regular season game for Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead as Ravens.
The offensive line is a bit of a question mark going into the season. With Marshall Yanda missing the preseason and Ronnie Stanley missing most of it, the starting offensive line hasn’t played in a game all together in 2018.
James Hurst is getting the start at right tackle over Orlando Brown Jr. who looked great in the preseason. Hurst has had success at guard, but has had problems as an offensive tackle. Last season Hurst showed great growth, but it is something to watch out for.
Alex Collins jumped onto the scene last season. Now he is the Ravens number one running back. and he is the best play-maker the Ravens have.
The Bills drafted Josh Allen to be their franchise quarterback. Nathan Peterman is getting the week 1 start for the Bills.
Peterman has career numbers of a 49 percent completion percentage, two touchdowns and five interceptions.
The Ravens defense is highly touted coming into the season despite collapsing against the Bengals in week 17 of last season. The Ravens had three shutouts last season and the talent is obviously there. It will be interesting where new defensive coordinator Don Martindale takes the Ravens.
The Bills best offensive players are Kelvin Benjamin, Charles Clay and LeSean McCoy. The one that should worry the Ravens the most is Charles Clay. The Ravens have had a history of struggling to cover tight ends.
- Janarion Grant showed great potential in the preseason and won the punt return position battle. Grant has to prove that he’s a reliable returner from the word go. That’s a big responsibility for an undrafted free agent.
- Weather could be a factor. Rain is in the forecast.