Amidst the silence of M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens offense made just as much noise as it did last season.
In a 38-6 win, the Ravens offense picked up right where it left off as they hung 390 yards, five touchdowns and thoroughly embarrassed the Browns to open the 2020 season.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson and tight end Mark Andrews connected when it mattered, as Andrews scored twice on two throws in the red zone. He had 58 yards receiving on five catches. His first touchdown of the day was his nicest, as he hauled in a one-handed grab in the back of the end zone to give the Ravens a 7-0 lead early. From there, the Ravens never looked back.
They jumped out to a 24-6 lead at the half, aided by some Browns mistakes and a final drive at the end of the first half, where Jackson was nearly perfect.
In his first game since winning the league’s MVP award, Jackson threw for 275 yards on 20-of-25 passing with three touchdowns, all good for a quarterback rating of 152.1. He added 45 yards on the ground as well.
He spread the ball around well, as seven different receivers registered at least one reception.
The Ravens’ leading receiver was Marquise Brown, who had five catches for 101 yards including a beautiful 47-yard catch on a perfectly placed pass from Jackson.
The second half was mostly chalk, as Jackson threw a beautiful touchdown pass to Willie Snead IV to give the Ravens a 31-6 lead. Rookie J.K. Dobbins followed up with his second score of the day to give the Ravens a 38-6 lead, which ended up being the final.
Baltimore spread the load in the backfield, as Jackson (seven), Gus Edwards (four), Mark Ingram (10) and Dobbins all carried the ball at least four times.
The Ravens’ defense, which looked a tad shaky early on, held together and allowed just 189 yards passing from Baker Mayfield, who was picked off once. The run defense left something to be desired, however, as Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb totaled 132 yards on the ground.
Either way, any negatives drawn from Sunday’s game are simple nitpicks.
In blowing out the Browns to start the season, the Ravens proved they’re certainly not ready to take a step back in 2020. In fact, they looked better than they did a year ago.
And a year ago, they finished 14-2.