4 positives, 4 negatives from Ravens Week 1 win over Houston Texans

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Positive: Todd Monken's offensive gameplan showed up nicely

A lot of fans were anticipating a massive blowout of the Texans in Week 1 following the hiring of NCAA ruler, offensive football savant, and back-to-back champ OC at Georgia Todd Monken. Didn't happen.

However, the signs for a promising future were surely there on the field for everybody to watch on Sunday with Monken leading the offense off the field and Lamar Jackson on it.

The Ravens, according to PFF.com, lined up in 11 personnel on nearly 44% of their total offensive snaps. That was a much higher rate than those reached in years past under former OC Greg Roman, and it meant only one running back and one tight end were on the field on those 44 percent of plays while paired with three wideouts.

Lamar led the team in rushing yards with 38 on six rush attempts. Those two figures aren't good in isolation, and they weren't good in the context of the backfield either as all running backs carried the rock eight times each but none surpassed 32 yards.

Rookie Zay Flowers was the only receiver getting more than three targets, but Jackson scattered his passes all across the field targeting six different players and completing passes to five of them for at least four yards each.