In what was an all-around victory in all three facets of the game, the Ravens demonstrated their potential as one of the top teams in the AFC yesterday. On the road against the Seahawks, who were 5-1 prior to kickoff, the Ravens were the better team.
With that being said, the team scored just one offensive touchdown and converted 14 first downs. So where did the highlight plays come from? Two words: quarterback and defense. Check out all the top plays from Sunday’s victory and vote for your favorite down below!
Miles Boykin 50-yard reception: On the Ravens third offensive play of the game, rookie WR Miles Boykin demonstrated his big-play potential and Lamar Jackson reminded us of his ability to throw the deep ball. Freed up by a block from Nick Boyle, Jackson rolled left and delivered an on-the-run strike to Boykin, who beat safety Tedric Thompson deep over the middle. Boykin did a terrific job tracking the ball and making an adjustment as he slid to the ground. It was by far the rookie’s most impressive catch of the season, as well as maybe Jackson’s best throw.
Lamar Jackson 28-yard rush: Following a touchdown drive by Seattle to give themselves a 7-3 lead, the Ravens quickly found themselves facing a 3rd & 10. The first two plays of the drives resulted in no gain: incomplete pass to Seth Roberts, no gain rush by Mark Ingram. Just two seconds after dropping back, Lamar Jackson was under diresse from an unblocked cornerback blitz. As Jackson hit the jets on the edge, that cornerback failed in his tackle attempt and Jackson somehow outran two more defenders on the outside. Gaining the first down was crucial, but Jackson picked 13 more yards to move the Ravens to midfield.
Marcus Peters 67-yard pick-six: It’s rare that you see a player make a significant impact on a new team just days after being traded, especially in the middle of the season. However, that’s exactly what CB Marcus Peters did for the Ravens in Week 7. With Jimmy Smith and Maurice Canady inactive, Peters drew the start at cornerback and allowed just one reception on a few targets. He was strong in coverage and appeared to have a strong grasp of “Wink” Martindale’s scheme. His biggest contribution came in the second quarter, though, when he jumped an underneath route and intercepted Russell Wilson. Peters returned the interception 67 yards to the house, giving the Ravens a 13-10 lead.
Lamar Jackson 8-yard rushing touchdown: In a tight-knit game late in the third quarter, a promising drive by Baltimore appeared to be derailed following a 5-yard penalty on Matt Skura and an incomplete pass on 2nd & 15. However, with the Ravens in scoring territory, Lamar Jackson picked up 13 yards on third down and promptly told his head coach, John Harbaugh, to attempt the fourth down conversion rather than kick a field goal. Jackson vindicated his coach’s decision, following his blockers into the endzone for an 8-yard rushing score on 4th & 2. He was hype afterwards, slamming the ball on the ground.
Lamar Jackson 30-yard rush: If you thought Jackson’s 28-yard rush earlier in the game was impressive, he topped it in the third quarter with this play. On 3rd & 8, Jackson quickly snapped the ball and after going through his downfield progressions, he took off up the middle and nobody, NOBODY was catching him. “Action Jackson” turned on turbo speed and picked up 30 yards, which very well could have been more. Jackson made All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner look relatively slow, which is a very hard thing to do.
Marlon Humphrey fumble recovery and touchdown: Another week, another highlight play from CB Marlon Humphrey - who’s becoming a mainstay in these articles. Humphrey struggled a bit early in the game when matched up with speedy WR Tyler Lockett, but he became stronger as the game progressed. With just a few minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Seahawks looking to mount a comeback, Humphrey called game. Rookie wideout D.K. Metcalf fumbled a screen pass and after the ball bobble around on the ground, Humphrey scooped it up and tiptoed along the sideline before sprinting untouched into the end zone.
Which highlight gets your vote for "Play of the Game" from Week 7?
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Miles Boykin 50-yard reception
Lamar Jackson 28-yard rush
Marcus Peters 67-yard pick-six
Lamar Jackson 8-yard rushing touchdown
Lamar Jackson 30-yard rush
Marlon Humphrey fumble return and touchdown
Other (comment below)