Ravens: Top 4 takeaways from Week 2 win vs. the Chiefs

Ravens, Lamar Jackson (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Ravens, Alejandro Villanueva (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

2. The Ravens offensive line responded

The Ravens offensive line received a lot of criticism for last week’s performance against the Las Vegas Raiders. Although they ran the football fairly well, they failed to protect Lamar Jackson.

The tackles could not handle the speed rushers from the Raiders. As a result, Jackson was uncomfortable in the pocket for the majority of the night and was running for his life.

Coming into the week, there were many concerns about the offensive line. Especially when it was reported that All-Pro tackle Ronnie Stanley was going to be out for an extended period of time due to his ankle injury.

This forced Alejandro Villanueva to switch back to left tackle and Patrick Mekari (who normally plays center) to switch to right tackle. The Chiefs have Frank Clark and Chris Jones — two of the better pass rushers in the NFL.

The offensive line responded in a huge way. Not only did they dominate in the run game, but they also did a fabulous job in pass protection.

According to Pro Football Focus, the Ravens did not allow any pressures on Lamar Jackson. That is a huge improvement from a week ago.

The offensive line was one of the main reasons why the Ravens won this game. They were able to establish their dominant run attack while also effectively protecting Jackson.

That is their recipe for success if they want to be a dominant team moving forward.