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Ravens destroy Browns 38-6; week 1

by Pete M.D.

The Baltimore Ravens started their season off strong, dominating the Cleveland Browns in Week 1. Even though there were things Baltimore could have done better in this game, they did more than enough to put them at 1-0 to begin the regular season.

The Ravens jumped out early on Cleveland, turned a drop by wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. into points before halftime and continued the onslaught through the end of the game, 38-6. 

Outside of a poorly-thrown touchdown pass to tight end Mark Andrews, quarterback Lamar Jackson was dazzling once again. He threw just five incompletions and used his scrambling chances to dance around the competition. Wide receiver Marquise Brown and Andrews were fantastic against a depleted Browns secondary.

There were very few bright spots for Cleveland. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry and tight end David Njoku produced when targeted but, as a whole, the team struggled to create separation downfield. 

Lamar Jackson completed 20-of-25 passes (80%) for 275 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He threw deep, on the run, to the sideline, to wide-open receivers, in tight windows, and everything in between. Jackson picked apart the Browns’ shorthanded secondary.

Mark Ingram led all rushers with 10 carries, while Lamar Jackson had the most yards of any runner with 45. Rookie J.K. Dobbins had two scores on seven carries and Gus Edwards added four rushes himself. In total, five different players carried the football on the ground for Baltimore despite running back Justice Hill missing the game due to injury.

What’s next

The Cleveland Browns have a home game against another AFC North rival, the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football. As for the Baltimore Ravens, they hit the road for the first time this season as it is scheduled to face the Houston Texans and quarterback Deshaun Watson next weekend. 

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