Ravens

Ravens wins third straight opener by 30-plus points

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125 points. 

That's the combined margin of victory from the past three season-opening victories for the Baltimore Ravens, capped off with Sunday's 38-6 blowout against Cleveland. According to the CBS broadcast, Baltimore became the first team in NFL history to win three consecutive season openers by 30 points or more. 

It's an incredibly impressive feat, especially when you consider the margin of victories were actually higher the past two seasons. In 2018, Baltimore opened their season up with a 47-3 win against Buffalo. In 2019, the Ravens thwarted another AFC East foe with a 59-10 win against Miami. 

The last time the Ravens played a team from their division was in their 20-0 2017 season opener win versus the Bengals. Fast forward to this season against divisional rivals in the Browns, and not much has changed. 

It's also interesting to take a look at the differing personnel from year to year. Full of expectations in 2020, Lamar Jackson resumed his MVP-level play with a dominant three-touchdown, 20-of-25 passing performance with 45 yards on the ground for a quarterback rating of 152.1. In 2018, however, Joe Flacco was still a serviceable passer and picked apart the Bills defense for three touchdowns and 236 yards on 25-34 passing.

While those are pretty similar numbers, the biggest similarity was wide receiver Willie Snead IV. In both games, Snead caught four balls and a touchdown - though he did go for 15 more receiving yards against Cleveland this year compared to his second season in Baltimore. 

 

It's fair to say the Ravens enjoy getting off on the right foot. Baltimore improved to 10-3 in Week 1 play under head coach John Harbaugh's reign. 

The Browns, on the other hand, now sport a far less glamorous streak.