Baltimore Ravens

Instant analysis of the Ravens’ preseason-opening 29-0 victory over the Jaguars

Mike Preston, columnist

It’s hard to make a lot out of a game like the one the Ravens played against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Basically, we saw that the Ravens are going to be conservative on offense and defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale is going to blitz a lot again this season. The Ravens could have two good receivers in tight end Mark Andrews and rookie wideout Miles Boykin. Outside linebackers Tim Williams and Tyus Bowser showed up, which is a good sign. Maybe we’ll get to see more next week in the second preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night, but at least the Ravens won and crushed the Jaguars.

Peter Schmuck, columnist

There was a lot to like about the way the Ravens went about dominating their first preseason game, but who are we kidding? The crowd — such as it was — came to see Lamar Jackson and he did not disappoint. He played the entire first quarter, completed four of six passes, threw a touchdown pass and posted a 138.2 QB rating. If anyone was expecting him to break off one of his signature bootlegs, that was never part of the plan. He handed the ball off eight times along with the six throws and left the game untouched. The other offensive standout was rookie receiver Miles Boykin, who got off to a slow start but made some big catches in the second half, including a tough grab in the end zone that was negated by a penalty.


Jonas Shaffer, staff writer

The Ravens haven’t had much to complain about throughout training camp, and this two-week era of good feelings continued Thursday night. Quarterback Lamar Jackson, their most important player, was efficient. Kaare Vedvik, their most tradeable asset, kicked the heck out of the ball. The defense was locked in. And, most important, there were no injuries.