BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens blast Cleveland Browns put collectively essentially the most dominant common season in franchise historical past in 2019, main the NFL in each factors (33.2) and offensive yards (407.6) per sport en path to a 14-2 report.
And on Sunday, they kicked off the 2020 season with extra of the identical.
With one other dazzling efficiency from reigning MVP Lamar Jackson, the Ravens cruised to a 38-6 win over the Cleveland Browns of their season opener at M&T Financial institution Stadium — a sport that, like many throughout the league, was performed behind closed doorways as a consequence of restrictions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
With the victory, the Ravens improved to 21-Four in opposition to the Browns since John Harbaugh took over as Baltimore’s coach in 2008.
Listed here are three takeaways from the Ravens’ Week 1 win.
1. Rookies shine for Ravens: The acquainted faces had robust days for Baltimore Ravens, from Jackson’s three landing passes to tight finish Mark Andrews’ one-handed seize in the long run zone to Marlon Humphrey hauling in an interception. However the Ravens’ high two draft picks additionally confirmed up in huge methods of their NFL debuts, every including a worthwhile new wrinkle.
On protection, linebacker Patrick Queen — the No. 28 general decide in April’s draft — had an incredible day. He led the workforce with eight complete tackles, one sack and a compelled fumble, trying each disruptive and savvy in his first NFL sport. In the meantime, on offense, Ohio State product J.Okay. Dobbins ran for 22 yards and two touchdowns on simply seven carries. His function within the offense will doubtless solely develop because the season progresses.
2. Robust opener for Odell: If there was a singular momentum-shifting play in Sunday’s sport, it was most likely late within the second quarter, on a third-and-2 in Baltimore territory. With the Browns trailing 17-6, Baker Mayfield flipped the ball to star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for what gave the impression to be a straightforward conversion — and Beckham dropped it. Kicker Austin Seibert then proceeded to overlook a subject purpose, and the Ravens rapidly marched downfield and scored to take a 24-6 lead into halftime.
This Browns loss hardly falls on Beckham’s shoulders alone, however it marked yet one more sport by which the three-time Professional Bowl wideout was rendered ineffective and visibly annoyed. He was focused 10 occasions within the sport however completed with solely three catches for 22 yards. In his 17 video games with the Brown, courting to the beginning of 2019, Beckham has registered two 100-yard receiving video games. On six events, he has did not exceed 5 catches or 50 receiving yards in a sport.
3. An eerie ambiance: The general vibe of Sunday’s sport was, as one would count on, fairly unusual. There have been no followers, however the Baltimore Ravens nonetheless performed their pre-game hype video and let gamers run out of the tunnel amid manufactured smoke. They nonetheless had a socially distanced drumline on the Cleveland Browns’ sideline, jamming throughout timeouts, and some staffers waving flags at huge moments. Their touchdowns had been punctuated by the inflation of dancing air tubes behind every finish zone — the type of factor you’d see in entrance of a automotive dealership. And behind the glass home windows of the press field, it sounded nearly silent. In different phrases, it felt just like the antithesis of a traditional fall Sunday. However on the sphere, it was NFL soccer all the identical.