Here’s how the Ravens graded out at each position after Sunday’s 59-10 win over the Miami Dolphins.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA — Here’s how the Ravens graded out at each position after Sunday’s 59-10 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Lamar Jackson wanted to start the season off hot and he did by completing 10 of 11 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. Jackson finished with 324 passing yards and five touchdowns being pulled late in the third quarter. He threw some tight spirals into tight windows and showed great touch on the long ball. Without question, this was the best day of his professional career and he appeared quite comfortable in the pocket. Grade: A
Mark Ingram started the game off with a 49-yard run on the Ravens’ first play from scrimmage, and that set the tone. Ingram ran hard but also showed some agility with his first move and cuts. Ingram has deceiving speed. The Ravens used Gus Edwards to rest Ingram at times, but he wasn’t as successful. Rookie Justice Hill ran outside and was the Ravens’ change-of-pace back, but Ingram was the team’s main threat, finishing with 107 yards on 14 carries. The Ravens also got a strong effort from fullback Patrick Ricard, who sprung Ingram consistently as a lead blocker. The Ravens had 265 rushing yards. Grade: A
The Ravens ran for a lot of yards on the right side behind guard Marshal Yanda and tackle Orlando Brown Jr. The Ravens got movement upon initial contact in the middle of the field and did a good job of cutting off penetration on the backside. The pass protection was good, especially up the middle with center Matt Skura, Yanda and guard Bradley Bozeman, as Jackson was sacked only once. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley had at least two penalties and that can’t continue, especially against quality teams. The Ravens need to improve their blocking in short-yardage situations. All things considered, it was a very strong day for this group. Grade: A
The difference speed makes on offense was clearly noticeable with rookie Marquise Brown. He caught four passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens gave Jackson time to throw and the Dolphins couldn’t keep up with Brown. By the second quarter, Miami was backing off Brown at the line of scrimmage, which also opened up running lanes. Jackson also took advantage of his tight ends, especially Mark Andrews, who had eight catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. Hayden Hurst also had three catches for 41 yards and Nick Boyle had three catches for 26 yards. Grade: A
Miami was held to 21 rushing yards on 12 carries, and the Dolphins were one-dimensional with 32 pass attempts. Miami couldn’t contain tackles Brandon Williams and Michael Pierce on the inside and Pierce got pressure on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick several times. The Ravens only dressed four linemen for the game and went with more substitutions and situational players because of the heat. This group was as dominant as any in the game. Grade: A
Despite the heat, the Ravens were relentless in pursuit of Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins running backs. Middle linebacker Patrick Onwuasor showed excellent closing speed, along with weak-side linebacker Kenny Young. Outside linebackers Matthew Judon and Pernell McPhee got consistent pressure on Fitzpatrick and pursued well on the backside on running plays across the field. Onwuasor led the Ravens with five tackles while Judon had three. Grade: A
The Ravens were smart to use their depth and rotate players throughout the game. The Dolphins couldn’t match up with the Ravens and only had one player, receiver DeVante Parker, who could challenge any of the Ravens cornerbacks. The Ravens did a good job of running to the ball and tackling the Dolphins after short passes, especially strong safety Tony Jefferson. Free safety Earl Thomas punished Miami when it tried to go deep. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey had one interception while Thomas had the other. Grade: A
Justin Tucker converted on his only field-goal attempt, making a 34-yarder. Sam Koch had only one punt, and it was 56 yards. The Ravens averaged 14.5 yards on two punt returns and held Miami in check in the same area, but they did allow a 23-yard kickoff return. Grade: A
There is a lot of coaching anxiety in trying to win the first game, but the Ravens were ready and the Dolphins were still in preseason mode. The Ravens looked polished on offense and had balance. On defense, the Ravens kept Miami out of sync by using a lot of different fronts, which resulted in constant pressure. The fake punt in the second quarter was a great idea. It’s hard winning on the road in the NFL, and even harder in the season opener. Miami was terrible, but that wasn’t the Ravens’ problem. Grade: A