Week one is in the books and the Baltimore Ravens won in a blowout vs. the Cleveland Browns, 38-6. Time to hand out some game balls!
You can hate on Lamar Jackson all you want. Call him a running back. Hollar that he can’t throw the football. It doesn’t matter; he doesn’t care. All he does is throw touchdowns and win football games for the Baltimore Ravens.
Jackson was masterful against the Cleveland Browns to open up the 2020 season. On the day, Jackson completed 80% of his passes for 275-yards and three touchdowns. “Action” Jackson finished with a 152.1 passer rating. Jackson also tallied an additional 45-yards on the ground. Jackson was sharp passing the ball, throwing some absolute dimes to Marquise Brown and co. Brown actually reeled in a 47-yard catch after scorching the Browns secondary.
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Cleveland had no answers for Jackson and the Baltimore offense. It just goes to show that no matter how much you try to game plan against Jackson, it doesn’t even matter. Jackson is simply too good for defenses to scheme against. You can’t stop him; you can only hope to contain him. Jackson was an easy selection for our first of many game balls.
Mark Andrews has emerged as a top-five tight end in all of football. Last season, he paced all tight ends with ten touchdown receptions. It would be hard to follow up that performance, but Andrews is already off to another hot start.
Andrews beat up a Browns defense that was without starting linebacker and safety Mack Wilson and Grant Delpit respectively. Cleveland didn’t have anyone that could match up well against him. As a result, Andrews hauled in five passes for 58-yards and two touchdowns.
Whether it was making a stellar one-handed grab in the end-zone or making a clutch grab across the middle for a first down, Andrews did it all for the Ravens. 2020 looks to be a follow-up season for the third-year man and remains Jackson’s BFF. Andrews nabs our second game ball.
There were a few options for our third and final game ball. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark, including the aforementioned 47-yard long ball. Rookie J.K. Dobbins also scored two touchdowns in his debut. But while both were stars on offense, we turn to the defensive side of the ball, where 2020 first-round draft choice Patrick Queen played at a high-level.
Queen led the team in tackles with eight, including a TFL and a sack. Queen also forced a crucial fumble on running back Nick Chubb that stopped an otherwise effective drive by Cleveland. The 21-year old linebacker was all over the field and looked the part of his high billing.
If this is a sign of things to come then the Baltimore Ravens hit it out of the park with Queen. There may be a lot of talent surrounding him, but Queen still found a way to stand out and get his name called on numerous occasions. For that, Queen gets his first career game ball in his first career game.