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Ravens/Dolphins Post Game Recap

The Ravens win today was the most impressive win I have ever seen bar none. The game was virtually over by the second half and everyone in the stadium and on the sidelines knew it. I know that many will point out that the Dolphin’s stink and are likely the worst team in the NFL, but the Ravens did what you are supposed to do when you play weak teams – you stomp them good. Some of you might remember when the Ravens played the hapless Dolphins in 2007 and lost to them 22 to 16 which was the only win for the Dolphins that season. In recent years the Ravens have played down to bad teams and beat by the slimmest of margins, but perhaps this is a new day for the Ravens who dominated in every phase of the game. I would like to give a shout out to the NFL for giving us such a nice softball to start the season. Other thoughts on the game below:

• One game does not make a season and we will likely know more about this team when we travel to KC in week 3, but you have to be filled with a lot of hope after seeing what the Ravens accomplished today
• Lamar Jackson was perfect on the day, and in fact his QB rating was perfect. He was 17 of 20 for 324 yards and one of those was a drop. He threw 5 TDs on the day and his down field throws were perfect. His first two throws to Hollywood both went for TDs
• The Ravens tight ends accounted for 14 catches and 175 yards and this is a trend that is likely to continue. Andrews, Hurst, and Boyles all have great hands and they seem to match up well with ILBs in the middle of the field
• Ravens played a very clean game today and had just 4 penalties for 40 yards. Stanley was responsible for two of those and he will want to clean that up in future games
• Bowser looked good today and played with a high motor and was a around the quarterback on drop backs. If he keeps this up, we just might be able to get pressure with 4 rushing
• Judon had a big game and was flying around the field like his hair was on fire. He had one sack and a tackle on a screen play that created a 10-yard loss
• Sam had to punt just one time all day and when he did – he kicked a bomb for 65 yards which was muffed by Miami and recovered by the Ravens
• Early in the game Jimmy Smith was clipped by Peanut who was flying through the air and caught Jimmy on the side of his leg. It looked bad and we have to hope that it is just a knee sprain and not something more serious. Averett filled in for Jimmy and was targeted quite a bit in the game
• Ravens offense racked up 643 yards on the day, 31 first downs, and ran 73 plays. I don’t care who you are playing those are impressive numbers in the NFL
• Ravens defense gave up just 200 yards on the day, and rendered just 12 first downs, had 3 sacks, and two interceptions. Not bad for a team that lost 4 premier starters from last year’s roster
• Ravens rushed the ball 46 times today and averaged 5.8 yards per carry. Ingram was a beast on the day and ran for 49 yards on the first play from scrimmage. Decosta is looking smart for signing him in the off season
• The offensive line was solid today and Lamar had time to throw when he dropped back. It will be very interesting to see how this group holds up when they face stronger defensive lines
• The draft picks of Boykin and Brown appear early on to have been good ones. Seeing Brown run away for his two TDs gives you an idea of what speed can do for your team. In years past you have seen opposing teams play their safties up tight, but I suspect that is going to change now with the addition of Brown
• I was surprised to see the Ravens do a fake punt when the game was in hand but when you think about it – it is great time to use one in a real game and to see how the team executes in a live game. If you fail on the play there is no real hard done, and if you execute the play well you will give future opponents something to worry about
• Special teams play was solid today but the return game was average at best. There were a few times that Jones could have returned punts and instead didn’t field the ball or call for a fair catch. No big deal on a day like today, but you would not want to see that kind of play in a highly contested game
• Ravens set a franchise best score with 59 points today, here’s to hoping that this year’s team set’s other good records
• Wink and Roman called good games today and while winning big I still think they left a lot of plays and schemes in their playbooks for another day

Game Predictions
Score     Ravens   27      Dolphins   13           Ravens   59      Dolphins   10
Turnovers           Plus 1                                                 Plus 3
Net Rushing Yardage      Ravens   135      Dolphins   79           Ravens   265       Dolphins   21
Net Passing Yardage       Ravens   226      Dolphins   211           Ravens   379      Dolphins   190

Miscellaneous Predictions
• Mark Andrews leads all receivers with 7 catches for 68 yards           Correct, 8 catches for 108 yds, but it was Marquis that led in yards
• Lamar Jackson has 8 carries for 48 yards             Incorrect, just 3 carries for 6 yards
• Earl Thomas gets an interception in his first game as a Raven            Correct!!!
• Refs make terrible calls           Correct, the PF call on Tim Williams was ticky tacky and unnecessary

Keys to the Game
• Pressure Fitzpatrick and force mistakes           Correct, 3 sacks, many hits and 2 interceptions

• Control the clock            Correct, Ravens had the ball for 40 minutes – just wow!
• Win the turnover battle            Correct, the Ravens were plus 3 on the day

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