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Week 1 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 59, Miami Dolphins 10


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Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens and Lamar Jackson looked unstoppable. The Lamar Jackson to Marquise Brown connections were the biggest story coming out of the game. Jackson seems to have taken his fundamentals and confidence to the next level. Jackson's deep passing was as good as it gets against the Dolphins. Mark Andrews was one beneficiary of Jackson's improvement. Andrews had 6 second half catches and could have scored an additional touchdown. The Ravens ground attack looked strong with Mark Ingram leading the dance. Ingram was physical and explosive. Gus Edwards ended up with more carries than Ingram but many of those came with Robert Griffin III at quarterback in the 4th quarter. The Ravens offensive line hardly allowed any pressure and opened big holes in the rung game.

Miami Dolphins

It was al all around ugly showing for Miami. They were decimated 59-10 by the Baltimore Ravens and hardly showed any sign of life on either side of the ball this week. The defense was unable to stop anyone and dug the team into a 42-10 hole by half time. It was such a poor showing that it is reported that players have begun requesting trades away from the team. The quarterback situation did not get any clearer when the coaching staff benched Ryan Fitzpatrick for Josh Rosen at the end of the 3rd quarter. Rosen completes a short pass to the tight end and is then promptly intercepted on the next play. The Ravens controlled the clock for 13:30 of the 4th quarter and the Dolphins did not even get to see if Rosen could bounce back. Miami abandoned the run early and went into catch up mode, but still were unable to rack up any significant yardage for any one player. Things do not look to get any easier with the Dolphins playing host to the New England Patriots in week 2.

Baltimore Ravens

QB Lamar Jackson, 54 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 20 - 324 - 5 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 6 - 0
Lamar Jackson looked like a different player than the one who led the Ravens to the playoffs last season. Jackson was an order of magnitude more confident, composed, and accurate. Jackson led the Ravens down the field on their opening possession for a touchdown but the drive consisted almost entirely of running plays. Following an interception Jackson connected with Marquise Brown over the middle on a slant and Brown took the pass to the end zone for a 47 yard touchdown. Jackson's next throw was a 40 yard bomb that hit Marquise Brown perfectly in stride for an 83 yard touchdown. Jackson completed passes to Mark Andrews and Brown to move the Ravens into scoring position. Jackson capped the drive with another very nice deep ball this time to Willie Snead down the slot for a 33 yard touchdown. Following a muffed punt the Ravens took over in excellent field position. Jackson capped the drive with a 5 yard touchdown to Miles Boykin. Jackson faced immediate pressure on the play and was forced to retreat more than 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage and make the throw to Boykin off his back foot. The play demonstrated his chemistry with Boykin. Jackson showed off his chemistry with Mark Andrews in the second half. Jackson connected with Andrews for 39 yards down the seam to set up a 1 yard touchdown toss to Patrick Ricard. Jackson took a seat on the bench for the 4th quarter with the Ravens holding a 42 point lead.

QB Robert Griffin III, 23 offensive snaps, Pass: 6 - 6 - 55 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 9 - 0
Robert Griffin III came in in relief of Lamar Jackson with the Ravens holding a huge lead. The Ravens offense was conservative with such a big lead but Griffin did well running the offense. Griffin threw a 3 yard touchdown to Mark Andrews to cap a drive that consisted mostly of running plays. Griffin and the Ravens were able to eat the final 8 minutes of game clock on a single possession.

RB Gus Edwards, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 56 - 0
Gus Edwards was frequently met at or near the line of scrimmage on a number of his carries. The Dolphins defense seemed to be keying on the fact that the Ravens are likely to call a running play when Edwards was in the game. Edwards gained 11 yards on his first carry following a block from Nick Boyle to the second level. Edwards got a carry from the two yard line but he was met at the line of scrimmage by Reshad Jones.

RB Mark Ingram, 25 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 107 - 2
Mark Ingram followed a beautiful block from Patrick Ricard and ran over a defender at the second level to break into the open field and pick up 49 yards on his first carry. Ingram got two carries inside the Dolphins' 6 yard line and scored a 1 yard touchdown. Ingram ran hard each time he got the ball. The collisions he created with defenders were very loud and violent. Ingram scored his second touchdown of the game off left tackle and went untouched for the 2 yard score. Ingram was able to gain chunks of 8 or 9 yards consistently throughout the game and was never stopped for a loss of yardage.

WR Marquise Brown, 14 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 147 - 2 (5 targets)
Marquise Brown had a nearly perfect professional debut. Brown beat his man running a slant, slipped his defender, and raced 47 yards for an uncontested touchdown. It was Brown's first target and reception in the NFL regular season. On his next target Brown bested Minkah Fitzpatrick in single coverage and caught a bomb from Lamar Jackson that went for 83 yards and touchdown. Brown showed off his speed and awareness to reach the end zone with Fitzpatrick in pursuit. Brown took advantage of the massive cushion that was afforded to him following his big plays. Brown picked up 14 yards running a curl. Brown had two other deep targets from Jackson that narrowly feel incomplete.

WR Willie Snead, 50 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 41 - 1 (3 targets)
Willie Snead beat his man running a post from the slot and made a nice catch for a 33 yard touchdown on his first target. Snead had a 13 yard reception negated by penalty. Snead dropped what should have been a 5 yard 3rd down conversion.

WR Miles Boykin, 18 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 5 - 1 (1 targets)
Miles Boykin broke off his route exactly when Lamar Jackson expected him to to score a 5 yard touchdown.

TE Mark Andrews, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 108 - 1 (8 targets)
Mark Andrews made a 9 yard catch running an out route. Andrews drew a holding call in the end zone on what could have been a touchdown. Andrews picked up 20 yard running a crossing route showing off his speed to separate over the middle. A few plays later Andrews made consecutive catches for 10 yards. Andrews released up the seam from an line alignment and beat his man for a 39 yard gain. Andrews was brought down at the 1 yard line. Andrews converted a 3rd and long with a 21 yard reception again making a play up the seam. Andrews did well to find a hole in the zone defense. Andrews caught his touchdown pass from Robert Griffin running a shallow crossing route for a 3 yard score.

TE Hayden Hurst, 43 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 41 - 0 (4 targets)
Hayden Hurst made a 7 yard catch running a quick out route. Hurst picked up 23 yards working to get open as Jackson scrambled. Hurst made an 11 yard catch on 3rd and 4 running an out route.


Miami Dolphins

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, 45 offensive snaps, Pass: 14 - 29 - 185 - 1 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 1 - 8 - 0
It was not the start that Fitzpatrick envisioned when given the starting job in Miami to open the season. The score was 28-0 early in the second quarter and Fitzpatrick only had 14 plays on offense across 3 drives. His first drive ended in an interception when he tried to hit Kenyan Drake on a wheel route. There were 2 receivers in the area along with 5 Raven defenders. Neither player looked to make much of an effort to catch the pass and Fitzpatrick got off to a rocky start. It was not until the 2nd quarter that Fitzpatrick led the team on a scoring drive. A 49-yard catch and run deep down the middle from DeVante Parker put the ball on the Baltimore 49 before the offense proceeded to have plays of -1 yard, -3 yards, and a 5-yard penalty. Fitzpatrick missed on 3rd down and the Dolphins settled for a 54-yard field goal. On the Dolphins final drive of the 1st half, Fitzpatrick led them on a touchdown drive. With big plays to Parker, Allen Hurns, and an eventual 6-yard touchdown pass to Preston Williams, it was the first time the team showed life all game. Fitzpatrick found Williams across the middle in the back of the end zone for the score. He was wide open on the play because the Ravens defender fell in coverage. It was an all-around ugly day that included 2 sacks and a less than 50% completion rate for Fitzpatrick.

QB Josh Rosen, 5 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 3 - 5 - 0 TD / 1 INT
It may not be fair to judge Rosen solely on this performance as he was only given 3 pass attempts. The first was a 5-yard completion to Gesicki, the second an interception on an over thrown ball, and the third an incompletion. The team was being blown out by the time he got the ball and it appeared as if everyone else on the field had quit at that point. The Dolphins made the off-season trade for Rosen, but also signed Fitzpatrick. Neither looks to be the quarterback of the future in Miami and most expect a quarterback taken with a high draft pick in the off season. If given the chance to start this season, Rosen will have to prove his worth to even continue to be a backup in the NFL.

RB Kalen Ballage, 20 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - -1 - 0, Rec: 1 - 13 - 0 (1 targets)
It was surprising to see the Dolphins give Ballage the ball 5 times. This led the team in carries, and he rewards them with -1 yards on the ground. Ballage had a long run of 6 yards and then was unable to pass the line of scrimmage again on his other 4 carries. He did manage to catch his lone target and take it for 13 yards, but the damage had already been done on the ground. The team was playing catch up and abandoned the run early, but there appeared to be no sign of life from Ballage this week with the limited looks he got.

RB Kenyan Drake, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 4 - 12 - 0, Rec: 2 - 15 - 0 (3 targets)
It was a bad day for the Miami rushing attack as the team totaled 12 carries for 21 yards total. Drake led all runners with 12 yards on the ground, and 9 of those yards came on a single play. He also chipped in 2 catches on 3 targets with a long of 10 yards. Drake did not look explosive and was often met in the back field by a Ravens defender before he even had a chance to find a hole. Drake does not have to worry about competition from another back as the next closest running back had -1 yards this week. This team is going to be playing from behind a lot this year and that is going to make it difficult for Drake to get anything going.

WR Preston Williams, 21 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 24 - 1 (5 targets)
With all the other receivers on the team, it was surprising to see Williams be the one to score the touchdown. However, it took a Baltimore defender running into another player and falling to make that happen. Williams rubbed his defender off in the red zone and was standing all alone in the back of the end zone for what should have been an easy touchdown. That is when Fitzpatrick let go a high pass that Williams had to leap for and fight to get both feet down in the back of the end zone. Williams chipped in another 2 catches and totaled 24 yards on the day. Williams is going to have to fight for targets in the offense and will have to continue to succeed in order to cut out a bigger role.

WR DeVante Parker, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 75 - 0 (7 targets)
It has been an interesting turn for Parker. He went from being the odd receiver out on the depth chart and the guy the team really wanted to trade, to the top performer on a very bad team this week. Parker was targeted a team high 7 times this week and managed to bring in 3 passes. The big play was a 49-yard homerun down the middle of the field from Fitzpatrick, and he also added a 14-yard catch and run down the left sideline on the Dolphins lone touchdown drive. There will be plenty of completion for catches with Allen Hurns, Jakeem Grant, and Albert Wilson all fighting for playing time, but this is the final season for Parker to prove he is a capable NFL receiver. Look for him to finish the season at or near the top of most receiving categories for a very bad Dolphins team this year.

WR Albert Wilson, 6 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 1 - 0, Rec: 2 - 13 - 0 (4 targets)
The ugliness continues for the Dolphins and Wilson after he managed to catch 2 of his 4 targets for just 13 yards. 12 of those yards came on a single play and the rest of the day it seemed as if he was barely on the field. Wilson injured his calf at one point in the game and his return was questionable. Some may wonder if he truly hurt himself or if he did not want to go back on the field as the team continued to get embarrassed. Wilson will have to battle with Parker, Hurns, and Grant the rest of the season for targets.

WR Allen Hurns, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 22 - 0 (3 targets)
It was not a great day for anyone, but Hurns can celebrate his single big play contribution on the lone Dolphins touchdown drive this week. Fitzpatrick found Hurns 22-yards down the field after evading a tackle and rolling to his left. Hurns had settled into the gap between the corner and covering safety. The ball was a little high and Hurns had to go up and get it without any chance of coming down and running after the catch. It could have been a bigger play if the ball had been more accurate, but it helped setup the only touchdown of the day for the Dolphins.

WR Jakeem Grant, 30 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - -3 - 0 (3 targets)
The ugliness continues for the Dolphins and Wilson after he managed to catch 2 of his 4 targets for just 13 yards. 12 of those yards came on a single play and the rest of the day it seemed as if he was barely on the field. Wilson injured his calf at one point in the game and his return was questionable. Some may wonder if he truly hurt himself or if he did not want to go back on the field as the team continued to get embarrassed. Wilson will have to battle with Parker, Hurns, and Grant the rest of the season for targets.

TE Mike Gesicki, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 31 - 0 (6 targets)
After all the talk in the off season about how Gesicki looked lost and how Nick OíLeary was going to take over, it was Gesicki that saw the playing time this week. Gesicki was one of the few bright spots this week after catching a big 26-yard pass down the sideline and bailing out Rosen with his lone 5-yard completion. Look for Gesicki to serve as the security blanket for whoever ends up playing quarterback in Miami for the rest of the season.