The Baltimore Ravens hype train is moving on full steam ahead. Another day, another stellar defensive performance by the Purple and Black; at this point, 2 games in the season, the Ravens have allowed 10 points. This is laughably the same amount of turnovers the team has generated thus far this season.
With four interceptions, one fumble and the pass rush generating a lot of pressure the Ravens were able to piggyback on another great performance on the side of the defense to get their second win of the season. However, unlike last week, Joe Flacco looked great and the offense seemed to be meshing a bit better.
The tight ends stepped up huge today, especially Benjamin Watson with eight receptions for 91 yards. The run game was also getting the job done once again, especially Javorius “Buck” Allen who averaged 4.7 yards per carry on 14 carries for 66 yards. Allen also added five receptions for 35 and a touchdown. The recently promoted Alex Collins also ran hard and looked good when given the opportunity, however he fumbled the ball on one of his runs. It was a good run, but he lost the ball. Overall is was a pretty good performance by the Ravens on both sides of the ball.
Coming off a solid performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0), Deshone Kizer went 15 for 31 for 182 yards with three interceptions and a lost fumble. Kizer missed a portion of the game due to a migraine but was able to come back in. While he was sidelined, Kevin Hogan played and led the team to 10 points but ultimately had a costly turnover and both quarterbacks for the Cleveland Brown (0-2) were out performed by Joe Flacco. It seemed the turnovers consistently came at the wrong time for Cleveland and the Ravens were able to score when they needed and run time off the clock. Jeremy Maclin and Joe Flacco appear to be developing some chemistry and look for that to continue to improve as the season progresses.
The Ravens never seem to catch a break, especially when it comes to injuries. On this day the Ravens lost 2 players to injury and had some additional players with minor knocks. G Marshal Yanda, arguably the best guard in the league, has been diagnosed with a fractured ankle and will miss the remainder of the season. At the moment his replacement appears to be G/C Tony Bergstrom, recently acquired via trade. This is a massive blow to the Ravens, but trust the Ravens to move forward and the line to remain serviceable.
Additionally LB Bam Bradley is finished for the season with a torn ACL. DL Brandon Williams also left the game with an injury, but according to Head Coach John Harbaugh, Williams should be fine. TE Maxx Williams was also seen wearing a boot after the game, more than likely cautionary due to a pretty awkward hit he took in the third quarter. WR Jeremy Maclin missed a little of the game with a shoulder injury but came back. Browns WR Corey Coleman ended the game with what appeared to be a hand injury.
Up next the Ravens have the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Odds have not been released for this contest yet, but expect the Ravens to be favored against a struggling Jaguars offense that lost Allen Robinson. Blake Bortles still appears to not fully understand the quarterback position and Leonard Fournette was not allowed to break the game open against the Tennessee Titans. Coming off an ugly game the Jaguars should be deflated and the injuries to the Ravens should not hold them back. The takeaway numbers are also poised to increase due to the fact that Bortles has been a turnover machine for quite some time.