With everything going against them, the Baltimore Ravens (2-1) exit Ford Field with a victory, as Justin Tucker once again buried the Detroit Lions (1-2) with a legendary field goal. The Ravens exit with a final score: 19-17.
MVP: Justin Tucker
With every ounce of strength, Justin Tucker has set a new NFL record for the longest field goal in NFL history. From 66-yards out, Justin Tucker booted through a game-winner to lead the Ravens to a 19-17 victory over the Detroit Lions.
Mark Andrews — Great catches by the Ravens tight end who ends the game with over 100-yards receiving. He also excelled in run blocking, as he led Jackson for his 31-yard rush early in the game.
Sammy Watkins — In the clutch, Watkins was found open by Jackson on 4th & 19 for a gain of 36 yards, which ultimately led to Tucker’s superhuman field goal.
Devin Duvernay — His fumbled punt was called back on a Lions’ penalty and he redeemed himself with the only receiving touchdown for the Ravens, which was his first NFL receiving touchdown.
Alejandro Villanueva — For the second-straight game, Villanueva got the start at left tackle due to Ronnie Stanley being inactive. He was hardly mentioned and blocked well.
Jimmy Smith — A great return by the cornerback who broke up a deep pass from Lions quarterback Jared Goff to maybe get a field goal before half time.
Anthony Averett — Another solid outing by Averett, who built off his strong game against the Chiefs last week. Great tackling and sound in coverage.
Lamar Jackson — Brilliant game by Jackson which will look far worse in the box score. Dime after dime, Jackson was hitting his receivers in the hands and in stride. The interception was poor but that was one of the lone mistakes in today’s game.
*This title is indicating the player had a poor game. It happens. No NFL player or team is perfect and to not mention the struggles would be wrong.
Marquise “Hollywood” Brown — Three punishing drops by the wideout, with all three looking primed for the end zone. This game will be a haunting one for the wideout who was a star against the Chiefs only a week ago.
Lamar Jackson — Jackson’s play isn’t what’s being criticized here, as he played lights out in the first half. Instead, the signal caller was let down by big drops by his receivers and the mistakes couldn’t be overcome.
Ty’Son Williams — The Ravens put their expected lead running back in the doghouse for most of the game. He ended the game with 22-yards on five carries, which led the Ravens running backs with 4.4 yards per carry.
Defensive Coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale — The Lions should not have been in this game and though he was without numerous players, the game shouldn’t come down to a record-shattering field goal to win it.
Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman — A questionable game script in the first half, though he did scheme up a lot of plays that were unsuccessful due to drops. The Ravens had the yards but the points weren’t there. Tough to judge his playcalling with the lack of execution, but the first half felt lacking.
Devonta Freeman — Not a lot of juice or burst from the veteran back. He ended the game with three carries for only eight yards.
Chris Board — Rough coverage on defense and missed tackles were an issue.
Josh Bynes — Was attacked over the middle, similar to Board.