The Baltimore Ravens head into Week 1 looking to make it three-straight wins against the Miami Dolphins and start the season on a five-game win streak. Meanwhile, the rebuilding Dolphins have a chance to tie up the regular season series against the Ravens after they took the lead last in 2017.
Full match-up history
(All stats according to footballdb.com)
- Regular season: Baltimore leads 7-6
- Playoffs: Baltimore leads 2-0
- Harbaugh era: 6-1 / 1-0
The most recent matchup featured a 40-0 beatdown, which included two interception’s returned for touchdown. The game turned ugly from LB Kiko Alonso’s high tackle when Ravens QB Joe Flacco slid. Backup QB Ryan Mallett would finish the game, going 3/7 for 20 yards and a touchdown. With RB Alex Collins going for 113 yards on 18 carries, Mallett wasn’t forced into heavy lifting. Especially with the Ravens defense only allowing two drives into Raven territory.
You get a sense the Ravens dislike the Dolphins as Baltimore smashed their opponent 38-6 the year prior to the 40-0 bludgeoning on Thursday Night Football. This game was exhilerating as Flacco aired out four touchdowns, including two to his best friend Dennis Pitta. This was also when the hype train on Breshad Perriman went full-tilt as he caught a three-yard underneath route from Flacco and proceeded to hit the jets for a 53-yard touchdown.
An absolute nightmare season for the Ravens in which 14 games were decided by eight points or fewer, but the end of the season wrapped up 5-11 and third in the AFC North when they couldn’t close out games week after week.
This particular game featured Matt Schaub as the Ravens starting quarterback after Flacco suffered a torn ACL against the St. Louis Rams two weeks prior. Schaub would go on to throw for 308 yards on 32 completions, including 12 completions for 107 yards and a touchdown to Javorius Allen. This was his only touchdown of the day, which left the door open for the Dolphins as he also tossed two interceptions. The first interception was immediately followed up with a 38-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to DeVante Parker. The second interception was 20 seconds later, which DE Derrick Shelby returned 22 yards for a touchdown.
The Ravens couldn’t recover from the 15-point swing, as the final score finished 13-15.