The Ravens are at the top of the NFL, along with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs, when it comes to hitting the ground running by winning Week 1 games.
Baltimore defeated the Houston Texans 25-9 on Sunday to get their 2023 regular season going and by doing so they won their seventh season-opening game in the last eight years for the joint-most victories on Week 1 games in that span.
The dominance of the Ravens in season-opener games has been astonishing. From 2016 through 2022, Baltimore has beaten six of their opponents while only losing one game (two years ago) in overtime in that span.
Only the Kansas City Chiefs had won more openers (7-0) before this year, but after they fell to the Lions last Thursday they are now 7-1, the same as the Eagles and Ravens in that span.
By beating Houston, the Ravens have won seven of their last eight season openers and thus matched Kansas City's record. The Eagles matched both franchises by edging the New England Patriots on Sunday, putting the three teams at a 7-1 in the 2017-23 span of play.
Beating Houston by a 16-point margin, the Ravens have now outscored their Week 1 opponents 253-77 in the last eight seasons including this one, boasting a league-leading +176 point differential in season-opening games.
The victory also helped Baltimore reach an impeccable 4-0 record against Houston in their last four matchups getting all the way back to Jan. 2015 after the Texans last beat Baltimore in Dec. 2014.
The Ravens improved to a 22-7 record against rookie quarterbacks since John Harbaugh took the reigns of the franchise in 2008 after beating no. 2 overall pick C.J. Stroud on Sunday as the starter and leader of the rebuilding Texans.