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

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4. The Ravens passing game (when protected) was solid

When Lamar Jackson had time to throw (which unfortunately wasn’t very often) he often found open receivers. Outside of the two fumbles in the second half, Jackson had a very good game.

When given the time, he went through his progressions and didn’t force any bad throws. The receivers had a couple of drops as well but otherwise, they also had good games.

Sammy Watkins and Marquise Brown, in particular, played well. It seems like Watkins is the perfect complementary receiver that the Ravens were looking for to pair with Brown.

They consistently found open spots in the zone and when Jackson scrambled they did a good job of working their way back to the quarterback.

Mark Andrews did not have a good game, but that shouldn’t be expected moving forward. Look for him to have a nice game against the Cheifs next week.

When Rashod Bateman returns to the lineup this receiving corps could be very good for the Ravens.

The problem is will the Ravens offensive line be able to protect Jackson long enough to get the ball to his targets?