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Week 1 Game Recap: Buffalo Bills 3, Baltimore Ravens 47


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Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills put forward a pathetic display on offense against Baltimore. Nathan Peterman started at quarterback but was replaced in the second half by Josh Allen. The offensive line played poorly, racking up penalties and QB pressures. With both the quarterbacks and the offensive line struggling, there were no viable fantasy options at running back, wide receiver or tight end.

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens offense looked much improved over the unit last season. Joe Flacco threw a touchdown to each of his trio of new wide receivers; John Brown, Michael Crabtree, and Willie Snead. Each of the Ravens top three running backs also scored touchdowns. Alex Collins started the game as the workhorse but fumbled the ball twice and rode the bench for a portion of the game. Kenneth Dixon played in garbage time and left the game with a knee injury which could lead to an expanded role for Buck Allen going forward. Nick Boyle will function as the Ravens number one tight end until Hayden Hurst returns.

Buffalo Bills

QB Josh Allen, 32 offensive snaps, Pass: 6 - 15 - 74 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 26 - 0
Josh Allen replaced Nathan Peterman in the second half. Allen was running from pressure frequently and received little help from his offense. He led a scoring drive, that should have been a touchdown when he threw a strike to Kelvin Benjamin that was dropped. The throw showed Allen’s promise, and the impact his arm strength can have on a game. Allen also to the offense with his rushing ability, getting carries of 11 and 14 yards.

QB Nathan Peterman, 32 offensive snaps, Pass: 5 - 18 - 24 - 0 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0
Nathan Peterman had a disastrous performance against the Ravens. The weather was poor, but that did not prevent Joe Flacco from lighting up the Buffalo defense. Peterman was inaccurate, missing several throws wildly and led an offense that did not gain a first down in the first half. Peterman was replaced by Josh Allen in the second half after throwing his second interception. Peterman threw for 1.3 yard per attempt prior to leaving the game and finished with a quarterback rating of 0.0.

RB LeSean McCoy, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 22 - 0, Rec: 1 - -1 - 0 (3 targets)
McCoy got very little opportunity to run with no extended drives in the first half for Buffalo. The lack of success created second and long opportunities that limited McCoy’s opportunity. He did manage a vintage McCoy run, cutting back across the formation for an 11-yard gain, showing his speed and elusiveness. There should be better days ahead for McCoy.

RB Marcus Murphy, 23 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 31 - 0 (2 targets)
In a backfield where Chris Ivory looked like the backup to LeSean McCoy, it was Marcus Murphy who saw the first non-LeSean McCoy running back carries. Murphy was also targeted twice in the passing game, both incompletions.

RB Chris Ivory, 7 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 3 - 0
Chris Ivory worked as a backup running back, getting the third opportunity at the position. Ivory only managed 3 yards on his 3 carries, but his job is one to monitor, with Marcus Murphy appearing before Ivory in the game.

WR Zay Jones, 60 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 26 - 0 (6 targets)
Zay Jones led the Bills in receiving against the Ravens. Jones struggled with drops last year and was able to haul in a sliding catch that required high level of concentration, so there was positive to take from his performance.

WR Kelvin Benjamin, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 10 - 0 (7 targets)
Kelvin Benjamin struggled against the Ravens. Benjamin had two bad drops, one a back-shoulder throw and second an end zone target that should have been a touchdown. Benjamin managed only one catch on a team high seven targets.

TE Jason Croom, 18 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (3 targets)
Jason Croom saw two receptions against Baltimore. He was an undrafted player who converted from wide receiver to tight end, but had positive trends in training camp that have translated early to the regular season.

TE Charles Clay, 40 offensive snaps (2 targets)
Charles Clay was held without a catch on two targets. The offense was a putrid display and Clay was no different.


Baltimore Ravens

QB Joe Flacco, 54 offensive snaps, Pass: 25 - 34 - 236 - 3 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 3 - 0
Joe Flacco played an excellent game and was even better than his stat line suggests. Flacco made accurate throws all over the field, showed mobility to escape pressure, and protected the football. Flacco opened the game with a 25 yard completion to Nick Boyle off of play action. Flacco did a nice job extending the play. Flacco then hit John Brown for 29 yards to convert a 2nd and 26. The drive was capped with a 8 yard run by Alex Collins for a touchdown. Flacco moved the Ravens down the field methodically on their third possession with completions to Mark Andrews and Buck Allen. Flacco then found John Brown in the back of the end zone for a 7 yard touchdown. The Ravens offense slowed down slightly with three failed possessions but still managed two field goals thanks to excellent field position. Flacco got the offense back on track with two nice 20 yard completions to Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead. Flacco capped the drive with a perfect throw on a fade route to Crabtree for a 12 yard touchdown. Following a turnover Flacco hit Snead in stride for a 13 yard score. Another touchdown following an interception allowed Flacco to take a seat and Lamar Jackson entered the game 5 minutes into the second half.

QB Lamar Jackson, 31 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 4 - 24 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 7 - 39 - 0
Lamar Jackson did see snaps while the Ravens starting offense was on the field. Jackson was lined up at wide receiver and was used to create misdirection. Jackson did get the ball on a designed throw but wisely threw the ball away with no one open downfield. Jackson replaced Flacco early in the 3rd quarter as the Ravens held a huge lead over the Browns. Jackson was not asked to do much downfield passing but rather protect the ball and run clock. Jackson's best throw of the game was a nice touch pass over the middle of the field for 24 yards to convert a 3rd and 15. Lamar Jackson showed a nice stiff arm and his trademark speed on a 16 yard run to set up a Kenneth Dixon touchdown.

RB Kenneth Dixon, 22 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 44 - 1
Kenneth Dixon is clearly behind Alex Collins and Buck Allen on the depth chart currently. Dixon did not see action until the game was well in hand. Dixon played well and ran hard against stacked boxes as the Bills knew the Ravens wanted to ice the game. Dixon showed good burst and strength to fight through tackles. Dixon scored a 3 yard touchdown on an inside handoff. Dixon left the game with a knee injury and immediately went to the locker room.

RB Javorius Allen, 30 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 17 - 1, Rec: 5 - 15 - 0 (6 targets)
Buck Allen caught a nice back shoulder throw from Flacco on 3rd and 6 for 11 yards. Allen scored a touchdown from one yard out lined up as a fullback with Alex Collins also in the backfield.

RB Alex Collins, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 13 - 1, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (1 targets)
Alex Collins appeared to not know the play call and put his first handoff from Flacco on the ground. Collins had a 14 yard gain negated by a holding penalty. Collins showed his strength and quickness on an impressive 8 yard touchdown run. Collins tried to make one too many moves in the backfield, stopped his feet, and was stripped by Tremaine Edmunds. Collins was lined up in the backfield when Buck Allen scored a touchdown. Allen was lined up at fullback and Collins was lined up at running back.

WR John Brown, 48 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0, Rec: 3 - 44 - 1 (4 targets)
John Brown picked up 29 yards on his first target exploiting a large cushion that was given because of his game changing speed. Brown worked back to Flacco to make the catch as he extended the play. John Brown got the ball on an end around but found no room to run. Brown ran an excellent route and found a whole in the Bills defense for a 7 yard touchdown. John Brown was the target of a two point conversion attempt but the play was well defended.

WR Willie Snead, 42 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 49 - 1 (6 targets)
Willie Snead drew a 28 yard pass interference penalty on a pass that was likely uncatchable but Snead had his man beat on the play and did well to draw the flag. Snead made his first catch for a 20 yard gain running down the seam from the slot. Snead ran a slant from the slot and showed his speed and strength to find the end zone for a 13 yard touchdown.

WR Michael Crabtree, 53 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 38 - 1 (6 targets)
Michael Crabtree's first target went through his hands as he tried to turn and adjust to the throw. Crabtree had his second target again go through his hands. Crabtree was not wearing gloves and the wet conditions likely played a role in the drops. Michael Crabtree sparked the Ravens passing game with a 20 yard catch over the middle against good coverage. Crabtree capped the drive with a 12 yard toe tapping touchdown in the back of the end zone.

TE Mark Andrews, 22 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 31 - 0 (4 targets)
Mark Andrews made his first catch up the seam and did well to secure the pass as he absorbed a hit. Andrews caught a back shoulder throw for 12 yard down the sideline and absorbed a hard shot from Jordan Poyer.

TE Nick Boyle, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 40 - 0 (6 targets)
Nick Boyle was the target of Joe Flacco's first two passes. Boyle made his first catch off of play action for a 25 yard gain. Boyle has shown the ability to make defenders miss with the ball in his hands and pick up yards after the catch. Boyle made his second catch in the flat and rumbled for 11 yards. Boyle dropped a pass underneath.