John Harbaugh told anyone who would listen this preseason that the Ravens were going to change the way offense is run in the modern NFL.
He may or may not end up correct, but it was certainly an impressive start on the road in Miami.
The Ravens finished the first half up 42-10 over the woeful Dolphins, a record-setting performance.
Not only was their 42 points scored the most in any half by a Ravens team in franchise history, but it also represented the most prolific first half of Week 1 by any NFL team, ever.
The performance was driven by two of the most dynamic players in football: second-year QB Lamar Jackson and rookie WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. Here's how it happened:
- Jackson finished his first half with 210 passing yards and four touchdowns, all through the air. The four touchdowns were not only a career high for Jackson, but he also did something no quarterback in the league did last year by throwing four touchdowns in the first half of a road game.
- Jackson also became the first quarterback to throw for at least five touchdowns in a season opener since 2013
- Jackson completed 10 of his 11 passes.
- Brown caught his first pass for a 47-yard touchdown, and his second was even better, going for an 83-yard touchdown. The 83-yard pass was the fifth-longest in team history, and the longest catch for any Ravens rookie.
- Brown becomes the first player in NFL history with multiple 40-yard touchdowns in his debut. His 144 receiving yards were the third-most in any quarter for a Ravens receiver, and he was the third player in NFL history to score a touchdown on each of his first two catches.
- Another new Raven, Mark Ingram, set the tone from the game’s first play, rushing for 49 yards on his opening carry.
- Miles Boykin, another rookie receiver, caught a touchdown pass on his first career catch.
If Harbaugh is right about the Ravens offense, it won’t be the last time they set a few records this season.
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