MVP: Lamar Jackson
Rumors of Jackson’s regression were greatly exaggerated as he surgically reduced the Browns’ defense into mush. At halftime, Jackson completed 16 of 20 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns.
Jackson, whose last play was with 7:58 left in the fourth quarter, ended the game going:
- 20/25 | 80% | 275 yards | 11.0 YPA | 3 TD | 0 INT | 152.1 QB Rating
Mark Andrews: Last season, Andrews caught 10 touchdowns. This season, Andrews had two touchdowns in the first two quarters. This Jackson to Andrews connection is nigh-unstoppable.
Anthony Levine Sr.: The fake punt was blatantly read by none other than Co Cap. He was screaming, pointing and putting teammates in their place to make the play.
L.J. Fort: Also joined Levine in snuffing out the fake punt and mowed through a blocker before blowing up the Browns’ punter and forcing a fumble.
Marquise Brown: Over 100 yards receiving and somehow still not feeling like a great enough factor is frightening. Hollywood is going to go off in 2020 and this game showed just how great he can be without revealing his best.
J.K. Dobbins: The second-round rookie found the endzone twice in his first NFL game. It’s clear he’s vying for the starting job beside Mark Ingram II, though using them as a combination is far from problematic.
Willie Snead IV: Nothing like an early touchdown in the season to get a veteran receiver going.
Devin Duvernay: The rookie wide receiver showed off his ability in the kick return game and with a bubble-screen for 12 yards.
Calais Campbell: He was dropping into coverage in the first quarter and nearly found himself an interception. Though he didn’t secure the reception, he was the reason it was tipped and how Marlon Humphrey intercepted the pass!
Marlon Humphrey: A great tipped ball that the All-Pro cornerback made the most of! A good start to the 2020 season for one of the best in the game.
Patrick Queen: The rookie linebacker notched his first NFL sack and produced a forced fumble on Nick Chubb midway through the game for yet another Ravens’ takeaway. What a showing out for the Ravens’ rookies!
Malik Harrison: A good pass defensed for Harrison as the Ravens needed momentum early to keep the pressure on the Browns.
Tyus Bowser: Do we see a fourth-year pass rusher breakout in the mix? Bowser took down QB Baker Mayfield 14-yards in the backfield on a fourth down to further dismantle the Browns.
Justin Tucker: In a game that the Browns saw four points never hit the scoreboard due to kicking failures, it’s always a good reminder to appreciate the greatest kicker in NFL history.
Jaylon Ferguson: It won’t show on the stat sheet as the Ravens’ accepted a holding penalty, but the young linebacker did add a sack on Mayfield in the fourth quarter.
The Cleveland Browns: Yes, I could come in here and nitpick at James Proche II’s bad read on a punt, but I’d much rather mock the Ravens’ Week 1 opponent as they looked lost out there today. Odell Beckham Jr. was awful. Austin Hooper, who at one point this offseason was the highest paid tight end finished with only two targets. Meanwhile, Mark Andrews set up a lawn chair in the endzone before one-handing a pass to score. Baker Mayfield was rocked by the Ravens’ defense, be it from his passes being swatted to him being chased and sacked all across the gridiron. The Ravens are real deal and this was a reminder to the league that they are still among the best in the NFL.