Mark Andrews last week found himself on the “Who’s Not” list. As Jackson’s top target Andrews consistently is a threat to opposing defenses and needs to be accounted for. In this game, the Washington Football Team did not guard him effectively as he scored two touchdowns. Although he only had three catches, each of them was clutch plays at important times.
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Andrews’ first catch converted a first down on the first offensive drive of the game. He then caught two touchdowns and led the team to a win. Andrews’ role on the team this season may be larger this year although he’s catching fewer passes. As a blocker Andrews has improved, this is where Andrews wasn’t even on the field for last season. With the trade of Hayden Hurst, it was imperative that Andrews would more and he has with some success.
The best example of this was on Jackson’s touchdown run where Andrews was his lead blocker 15 yards down the field. Once Jackson got past Andrews it was clear the endzone was his next stop. As a pass-catcher, his hands have also improved. Defenders are getting very physical with Andrews at the line of scrimmage which is making it hard for him to get open. Time and time again though, Andrews is making catches over his defenders.
As Andrews is a huge part of this offense it is a clear correlation to see how his two touchdown passes made the difference in the 31-17 win. Andrews has been up and down this season, but in both of his biggest games, he has caught two touchdowns apiece. Andrews is one of the most impactful players on the Ravens and quite possibly their X-Factor each week. As he is hot this week, we look forward to seeing if he can continue this success against a Bengals defense that does not have the greatest linebackers and safeties making this a matchup where Andrews can thrive.