BALTIMORE — The Ravens had to sweat out their home opener Sunday, but they earned an important win, moving to 2-0.
Here are three things to take away from the Ravens' close win over the Cardinals:
1. Jackson’s Big Day
If not for Lamar Jackson, the Ravens offense would have been in a world of hurt.
Jackson finished with 272 yards passing, two passing touchdowns and a passer rating of 104.8. He also showed off his legs after a quiet week one on the ground, rushing for 120 yards on 16 carries.
He was both the team’s leading rusher and leading passer. His best throw of the day came with the game potentially on the line. With just over two minutes to go, he found Marquise Brown down the sideline for a beautiful 41-yard catch that was essentially the nail in the coffin.
Jackson continued his hot start to the season with another excellent start. He and Mark Andrews were the team’s only consistent sources of offense throughout the afternoon.
2. Tight ends to the rescue
Jackson’s tight ends this year have been a safe haven for the quarterback. Against the Cardinals, he relied on them more than any other group.
Andrews had the best day of any tight end, leading the Ravens' receiving corps with his second-straight 100 yard game. He finished with eight catches and 112 yards.
Hayden Hurst added a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and Nick Boyle had a catch of his own.
The star, however, was Andrews, as he’s been the Ravens' most reliable receiver in the early part of the season. Andrews has two touchdowns through two games.
3. Kyler Murray
Murray played like the No. 1 pick on Sunday afternoon against one of the best secondaries he’ll see all season long.
The Ravens' secondary struggled against the quick passing game of the Cardinals, allowing Murray to pass for 349 yards and one touchdown.
Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald each went over 100 yards receiving on the afternoon, as the Ravens secondary had trouble dealing with the Air Raid offense.
Despite some difficulties, the defense held when it needed to, forcing three red zone field goals on the afternoon. The Cardinals scored just one touchdown in the game.
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