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

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Negative: Shaky offense adapting to Monken's system and struggling offensive line

Speaking of the new Monken Offense, what about that performance by the offensive line? Ugh.

While there were new concepts applied through the afternoon, they didn't work to perfection and the team looked rusty and going through some growing pains as the game advanced.

The offensive line, most of all, was terrible in the first half and only started to click after halftime. Of course, many bodies went down injured or were at least partially banged up against the Texans.

Starting center Tyler Linderbaum and left tackle Ronnie Stanley suffered injuries and are awaiting results from their MRI evaluations and tests. Utility reserves Patrick Mekari and Sam Mustipher (who was elevated from the PS ahead of the game) were tasked with backing them up in emergency calls.

In the first half, Jackson was sacked once and that number could have been higher with the difference able to be measured in centimeters. Not to mention the Ravens committed 13 penalties for 106 freaking yards, nine of them in the first half alone.

It's just one game, but things have to improve massively on this front.