"BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 09: Linebacker Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)"
The Baltimore Ravens beat the Buffalo Bills 47-3 in the rainiest season opener in memory. What can we take away from the game? I’m here to tell you just that:
1. Don Martindale got off to a great start as Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator
The Ravens defensive coordinator, Don Martindale, absolutely brought it in this game. The Ravens got six sacks and two interceptions in this game. The defense wasn’t just more aggressive, it was more suffocating. If Dean Pees was the defensive coordinator, the Ravens still would have won easily, but Buffalo would have gotten a little bit more going. Here’s a serious question: When was the last time the Ravens covered a tight end well?
The Ravens shut everything down and showed no weakness in pass defense. Only three players caught multiple passes for the Bills. Wide receiver, Zay Jones, was the Bills leading receiver with three catches for 26 yards. Nathan Peterman was beaten up like a punching back and only had 24 yards passing. Josh Allen had 74 yards in garbage time.
Martindale had a very involved defense. There were stunts, blitzes and good schemes. The defense was flying around on the field. The Ravens had great defensive games under Pees, but this was like a completed checklist of things Ravens fans have wanted to see from their defense. It’s not the result, as much as how it was done that is most impressive.