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The Ravens started the game with an impressive touchdown drive. Flacco looked sharp as he hit several different targets including Nick Boyle, Mark Andrews and John Brown. The best play of the drive was a 29-yard pass on 2nd-and-26 to Brown. Alex Collins was able to push his way into the end zone with a powerful eight-yard run. Flacco continued his strong first half by throwing a touchdown to both John Brown and Michael Crabtree.
Baltimore’s defense absolutely dominated the first half with three sacks and interceptions. Buffalo’s offense only gained 33 yards and zero first downs in the first half. Tavon Young had two sacks from the nickel corner position. Terrell Suggs notched a sack as well in the opener of his 16th season. Safety Tony Jefferson caught an interception on a high pass from Nathan Peterman as well.
Joe Flacco continued to carve through the Bills defense in the third quarter, this time hitting receiver Willie Snead IV for a touchdown. Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson was put into game afterwards, with Flacco finishing the day 25/34 for 236 yards and three touchdowns. Flacco did not throw three touchdowns in a single game all of last season.
Peterman’s struggles continued as he threw another interception, this time to cornerback Brandon Carr. Peterman was benched for rookie Josh Allen following the interception. Allen was able to lead Buffalo to their only scoring drive of the day, resulting in a field goal.
The Ravens defense seemed to take turns sacking the quarterback, totaling a whopping seven. Za’Darius Smith and Young both had two sacks, and Suggs, Tim Williams and Kenny Young all had one.
Kenneth Dixon ran hard to put the game away, rushing for 44 yards and a touchdown. Javorius “Buck” Allen also helped to seal the game with some tough runs late in the game. Allen also had a touchdown earlier in the game. Dixon went down with an injury on the final drive. Jackson rushed for 39 yards and threw for 24, completing only one of four pass attempts.
On special teams, Justin Tucker was 2/2 on field goals with a long of 41. Janarion Grant had a solid day, aside from a muffed punt. Grant had a long punt return of 54 yards.
Baltimore now faces a short week before heading to Cincinnati to face the Bengals on Thursday Night Football.