Baltimore Ravens beat Raiders: The good, the bad and the ugly
The most exciting play of the entire ball game was Cyrus Jones taking a punt return to the house for a 70 yard score. Jones really changed the momentum in this game, and his score gave the Ravens their first lead of the game. The Ravens rushing attack got the job done in this contest, even if they didn’t run the ball enough. By halftime Gus Edwards had 53 yards on eight carries. Edwards ended up with 118 yards on the ground. The Jackson-Edwards dynamic is awesome to say the least.
While the offense failed to be consistent in the first half of the game, it was a day of big plays. Jackson hit Mark Andrews for a 74 yard pass. Jackson hit Andrews perfectly over the shoulder, and it was a huge play for the young quarterback and tight end combination. John Brown had a 25 yard reception and Edwards got chunks at a time on the ground. The offensive line had one of their best games of the season. Nick Boyle didn’t do much in terms of statistics, but he did plenty as a blocker in this game.
The Ravens made a very good halftime adjustment. They went back to a more ground and pound style of offense with their first third quarter possession. They got Lamar Jackson involved as a runner as well. It resulted in a long drive that was capped off by a Jackson touchdown on the ground. The Ravens had two 17 play drives that ended with a touchdown in the second half. The second of those drives, saw Jackson complete a touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree. They found the right formula and it changed the game.
The defense found it’s groove in the fourth quarter and the game turned into a shellacking. The final score was the Ravens 34-17. It wasn’t the greatest start but the game turned into the drubbing it was supposed to be.