Ravens: Top 5 takeaways from Week 1 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders

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2. Ravens pass rush was nonexistent

The Ravens’ pass rush was nonexistent against the young Las Vegas Raiders front. That is very alarming because they were already without one of their starters in Richie Incognito.

While Lamar Jackson was pressured on over 50 percent of his dropbacks, Derek Carr was only pressured on 20 percent of his throws.

That is a disastrous statistic for the Ravens because they were blitzing Carr all night while the Raiders mostly only sent a four-man front after Jackson.

One positive from the pass rush department was Odafe Oweh. He recorded his first sack on Monday night and was constantly in the backfield in the run game. It will still take time for him to develop his pass-rushing moves though.

With the injuries to their secondary this season, the Ravens needed the pass rush to make a huge statement tonight. Instead, the corners were constantly burnt by Darren Waller and co. because they were left on an island for too long.

Derek Carr was too comfortable in the pocket finding open receivers. Even with the Ravens playing Cover 0, they still couldn’t get enough pressure on Carr.

The pass rush has been a huge issue for the Ravens since Terrell Suggs left. Many felt that was the last piece needed to complete this defense. Now with Marcus Peters down, the team is more susceptible to big plays down the field in their man coverage schemes.

If they don’t find a way to win 1-on-1 matchups, their defense could take a huge dip in the rankings this season.