The Ravens scorched the Buffalo Bills on Sunday to the tune of a 47-3 victory. Now we hand out game balls to the three best performances from Sunday win.
It doesn’t get much sweeter than what Joe Flacco was able to do versus the Bills. Flacco completed 73.5% of his passes for 236-yards and three touchdowns Sunday afternoon. SImply put, the man was surgical and dissected the Bills defense for 35 minutes before being pulled because of the blowout the Ravens were delivering to Buffalo.
There were many a questions about whether or not Joe Flacco was ready to step up and lead this team in 2018, and it’s fair to say he’s answered the call. Flacco’s week one dominance was an example of this, but his preseason play also emphasized a new Joe Flacco we hadn’t seen before.
Tavon Young was a man possessed on Sunday. Coming off an ACL Tear that ended his entire 2017 season, Young was looking for every possible outlet imaginable to make a grand comeback and remind everyone just how talented he is. Based off Sunday’s performance, we feel pretty comfortable saying he accomplished this goal.
The Buffalo Bills offense was completely outmatched by the 5’9″ 185-lbs. cornerback, as he sacked quarterback Nathan Peterman twice and deflected a pass thrown his direction. With a dominant defensive performance from the entire Ravens cast, Young stood out in a big way against the Bills. Hopefully this is only the beginning of his revenge tour and Young can continue dominating opponents over the course of the season.
It’s hard to win games when your kicker isn’t on their A-game, and (as always) Justin Tucker was exactly that. Tucker continued his perfect streak on extra points made for his career, tying his career-high of five made extra points while also going 2/2 on field goal attempts, even if his long was just 41-yards. With the way the Ravens offense played, all the team needed of Tucker was for him to be perfect, and he was exactly that.
There are plenty of honorable mentions from the game, as well. Tim Williams recorded his first career sack and Michael Pierce was consistently eating blocks and wrecking havoc on the Bills offensive line. All three of the Ravens free agent wide receivers made an impact and the offensive line was stable throughout. With a dominant win like the Ravens had, it was hard to pick just three players to give out game balls to, but these three found a way to stand out among the rest.