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Ravens vs. Dolphins final recap: Defense dominates second half

Baltimore improves to 4-0 in the preseason

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens elected to sit quarterback Joe Flacco and several other key starters against the Dolphins in their Week 3 match up. Robert Griffin III received the start for Baltimore, but he was unable to get much going behind the struggling Ravens offensive line, which was without several starters.

The Ravens offense left much to be desired in the first half, only scoring three points. Tackle Greg Senat suffered an injury early on, leaving Jermaine Eluemunor to play left tackle. Eluemunor, who is fighting for a roster spot, struggled immensely, giving up consistent pressure from the left tackle position. Matt Skura, who is projected to be the starting center, noticeably faltered as well.

Justin Tucker missed a 51-yard field goal and had another blocked. Robert Griffin III finished the night 9/15 for 66 passing yards and 41 rushing yards.

Baltimore’s defense looked strong for most of the half, but allowed a touchdown from Ryan Tannehill to Danny Amendola when Tavon Young and Tony Jefferson both failed to tackle him after the catch. Tannehill finished 11/16 for 115 yards and a touchdown.

Patrick Onwuasor, who is currently in a heated competition with rookie Kenny Young, allowed a long reception to running back Kenyan Drake.

Safety DeShon Elliot left the game to begin the half with an arm injury and was later seen on the sideline with his arm in a sling.

The Ravens defense took over in the second half of the game and absolutely dominated Miami’s backups. Tim Williams continued his excellent preseason with a batted pass and a shared sack with Kamalei Correa. Chris Wormley and Kenny Young both collected sacks, while Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Chuck Clark each grabbed an interception. This is the second week in a row that Jean-Baptiste has recorded an interception. With Jimmy Smith suspended for the first four weeks of the season, Jean-Baptiste could earn a spot on the final roster.

Lamar Jackson had an impressive game, going 7/10 for 98 yards and a touchdown. Jackson also rushed for 39 yards and a score. Jackson bounced back nicely from a down game against Indianapolis, showing poise in the pocket and good decision making. Josh Woodrum closed the out the game, going 3/5 for 47 yards.

Several players fighting for roster spots had big performances against the Dolphins. Undrafted rookie running back DeLance Turner ripped off a 65-yard touchdown and finished the night with 75 yards on five carries. Tim White caught three passes for 70 yards, Jordan Lasley caught three for 30 yards and DeVier Posey caught two for 31 yards and a touchdown.

Janarion Grant received the bulk of the snaps at returner and had a solid night, averaging 22 yards per kick return, with a long of 29. Grant seemingly has the upper hand in the returner competition over White.

Baltimore’s preseason win streak now goes to 12 with a 27-10 victory over Miami. The Ravens only have one preseason game remaining now.