Ravens beat Bills 47-3: The good, the bad and the ugly
The Ravens opened up the 2018 season in dominant fashion, shutting down the Buffalo Bills 47-3. It’s time to take a look at everything we saw from Sunday.
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Let’s start at the top: Joe Flacco is exactly who we thought we saw during the preseason. Against the Bills, Flacco completed 73.5% of his passes for 236-yards and three touchdowns. Those three touchdown passes each went to his three new free agent additions this off-season, being John Brown, Michael Crabtree, and Willie Snead.
On the topic of free agent acquisitions at wide receiver, how about those three? It’s hard to ask for a better return on investment than what the three of these men did on Sunday against the Bills. The three receivers combined for 10 receptions and 131 receiving yards plus those three touchdown. The Ravens were committed to revamping their receiving core and it looks like they’ve done an admirable job thus far.
Defensively, there was nothing to complain about. Baltimore forced two turnovers and recorded six sacks, including two by third-year man Tavon Young. Young is coming off an ACL Tear in 2017 that took away his entire season. As unfortunate as it was, considering he was coming off a remarkable rookie season in 2016, Young looked like a man on a mission versus the Bills.
Speaking of cornerbacks, how about Marlon Humphrey? Humphrey locked down Bills receivers all-day long and recorded four pass break-ups. Yes, the Bills struggled entirely to pass the ball on Baltimore, but Humphrey stood out in a big way.
Top to bottom, this was a fantastic team win all the way around for Baltimore.