Ravens beat Bills 47-3: The good, the bad and the ugly
While the Ravens had themselves a total field day against the Bills Sunday afternoon, their win wasn’t without its wrinkles. For starters, prized receiver Michael Crabtree struggled throughout the game with drops. It took the 10-year vet a little bit to settle in, but once he did he was everything Baltimore hoped he would for them. We can only hope that his drops won’t be a consistent issue and is just going to be apart of the growing process in Baltimore.
Lamar Jackson was sprinkled into plays throughout the first half before taking over permanently about five minutes into the second-half when the game was far out-of-reach for the Bills. However, at no point did Jackson show off the play-making ability he flashed during the preseason. Jackson’s 39 rushing yards and 5.6 YPC look solid, but his 52.1 passer rating was lackluster. Simply put, he looked like a rookie adjusting to the speed of the professional game, as should’ve been expected.
By far the most frustrating part of watching the Ravens play Sunday versus the Bills was the team’s inability to run the ball efficiently. Alex Collins was hyped all season long as a potential breakout star in 2018 at the running back position and he simply didn’t look that part Sunday afternon. While Collins did manage to score a his first touchdown of 2018 against the Bills, he also averaged under 2.0 YPC and lost a fumble that benched him for a series.
Besides this, there really wasn’t too much to complain about if your a Ravens fan. I mean, 47-3 wins rarely give you much to complain about, but we did our best to do so anyways! The Baltimore Ravens are now starting out the 2018 season 1-0 and tied for first place in the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals. Buckle up, Ravens Flock, 2018 sure looks to be like a fun ride.