Ravens: Studs and duds following a disappointing Week 1 loss

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DUD: The entire Ravens offensive line

Ronnie Stanley was bad early in this one, but he seemed to settle down as the game moved on. One of the newer Ravens, Alejandro Villanueva, looked bad early and never seemed to settle in. He was manhandled by Maxx Crosby, Yannick Ngakoue, and Carl Nassib.

Kevin Zeitler wasn’t very impressive or consistent. Tyre Phillips left the game on a cart, something you never want to see. In all the Ravens allowed three sacks. Sure, it was Week 1, but no one wants to see any of this carry over into Baltimore’s home opener.

They welcome the two-time defending AFC Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs in that one. One might reason that they’ll need to score points in that one.

DUD: Don Martindale, DC, Ravens

Defensive coordinator Don Martindale is feeling a little heat today and understandably so. Now, here’s something that needs to be said because some people don’t seem to understand this.

Derek Carr is no slouch. Is he Joe Montana? No, he isn’t, even though Baltimore made him look like he was in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Still, as much as the Ravens blitzed, often unsuccessfully, they shouldn’t have given up 500 yards of total offense, especially seeing as how they were attacking an inexperienced offensive line.

DUD: Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens

We praise him when he shines. We have to criticize him when necessary as well. Let’s be frank. The Ravens aren’t in this game if not for Lamar Jackson, and though 235 yards passing and a magnificent-looking touchdown pass is nothing to sneeze at, Jackson’s two fumbles proved to be huge.

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