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    10 takeaways from Ravens win over the Rams

    The Baltimore Ravens dominated the Los Angeles Rams as they won 33-7 in Week one of the preseason. The one caveat with this game for the Ravens is that Los Angeles only played two starters. Nevertheless Alex Collins Jersey , this was an encouraging performance for Baltimore. Below are ten takeaways from this game. 1. The Ravens first-team offense and defense did what they should have doneAs mentioned above, the Rams rested a majority of their starters, while Baltimore did not. The only projected starters missing from action for the Ravens were Marshal Yanda and Tony Jefferson. Baltimore’s first-team offense, led by Joe Flacco, orchestrated a methodical 10-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a Patrick Ricard six-yard touchdown reception. The Ravens offense, as they should have, dominated a second-team defense. Baltimore’s first-team defense also had their way with a second-team Rams offense. They only allowed one first down and recorded two sacks, which included a strip-sack from Terrell Suggs. The Ravens’ defense has been hyped up all offseason, and they did what they should have done: dominated an offense led by backups.2. RB Gus Edwards is stillthe leader in the UDFA clubhouseThe 14-year streak of an undrafted free agent making Baltimore’s 53-man roster is on the line and running back Gus Edwards continues to be the leader of the pack. After a rough week of practice that included two fumbles, he bounced back in a big way on Thursday night. Edwards rushed for 58 yards, but he also had a crucial drop on third down. Regardless, Edwards was again the star of the night for the undrafted free agents. Mark Thompson may have closed the gap as he had an impressive 29-yard reception, but he is still trailing Edwards.3. OLB Tim Williams is slowly earning more repsWilliams’ rookie season was a disappointment as he was a healthy scratch for half of the year. He struggled with the speed of the game, and he showcased how raw of a prospect he truly was. This preseason has been the complete opposite. Williams flashed in the Hall of Fame Game Authentic Patrick Onwuasor Jersey , and he had a dominant performance against the Rams. He was consistently beating his matchup as he recorded one sack. With Tyus Bowser on the sidelines, Williams will likely battle with Za’Darious Smith for snaps. 4. QB Lamar Jackson continues to progress in his developmentNaturally, quarterback Lamar Jackson has been the biggest storyline thus far. In the Hall of Fame Game, he was inconsistent, but against the Rams, it was far more positive. Jackson delivered several big-time throws, including a 36-yard strike to Chris Moore. Compared to his NFL debut last week, he looked more comfortable in the pocket, while he also displayed his athleticism by rushing for a touchdown. He avoided sacks on several occasions, and with a better offensive line in this matchup than he had in the previous game, he produced. 5. Rookie wide receivers continue to struggleRookie wide receivers Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott combined for one reception for nine yards off of five targets, while they each had a drop. Lasley’s drop was far more concerning than Scott’s, but it was still a rough outing for both receivers. Jackson overthrew Scott in the end zone, but other than that, the pair of rookie receivers struggled to create separation.6. LB Kamalei Correa failed to build off of impressive Hall of Fame GameCorrea was coming off of the best performance of his entire NFL career Youth Michael Crabtree Jersey , but he failed to repeat that. He received snaps at both inside and outside linebacker, and he was unable to generate much pressure. Correa’s instincts at the inside linebacker spot are still under question. He is considered to be on the roster bubble, and he did not help his cause.7. Janarion Grant failed to capitalize on ‘golden opportunity’With Tim White out, Grant had a perfect chance to gain ground in the returner competition. He did not have a terrible showing as he did not drop or fumble any of the kicks, but he did not make a signature play either. Grant needed to have a highlight type of return, and he failed to deliver. 8. DL/FB Patrick Ricard continues to prove his worthPatrick Ricard was considered to be a near-lock heading into the preseason, and after two-games, it is hard to argue that he is not a lock at this point. Against the Rams, Ricard caught a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco, while he also recorded four total tackles and a quarterback hit. He was consistently in the backfield as it was another successful night for ‘Project Pat.’9. Zach Sieler gained an edge in defensive line position battleSieler is battling with Bronson Kaufusi for what could be the final spot on the defensive line, and he certainly improved his roster stock in this matchup. Sieler recorded two total tackles and one sack. He was excellent at generating pressure along the defensive line. Sieler may have been a seventh-round pick, but he has plenty of potential, and that was on full display on Thursday night. 10. WR Breshad Perriman exploded onto the scenePerriman may have stolen the show at the end of the game with his spectacular 32-yard touchdown. It was against mostly reserves, but it was still a great sign from the former 2015 first-round pick. He struggled throughout his entire career thus far and likely lost confidence, but given his rare speed and measurables Wholesale Justin Tucker Jersey Authentic Elite Limited - Nike Baltimore Ravens Official NFL Football Shop , Perriman could always turn the corner if he can consistently catch the ball. Although this was only one game and he still has plenty of work to do, this was an encouraging performance from Perriman. He was targeted four times and did not record a single drop, which is a step in the right direction. His technique and fundamentals looked cleaner and crisper, which is an excellent sign for Baltimore.AFC North Preview: Week 4 Baltimore RavensAfter a 27-14 win over the Denver Broncos, the 2-1 Ravens now travel to Pittsburgh to face the 1-1-1 Steelers on Sunday Night Football. Baltimore is looking to break their three-game losing streak against their arch-rivals and prove to the league that they are true contenders. The Ravens defense is ranked first in yards per game and second in passing yards and has yet to allow a second half touchdown. However, the same unit did allow three receiving touchdowns to A.J. Green in a loss to the Bengals in Week 2, and they now face wide receiver Antonio Brown. Top cornerback Jimmy Smith is still suspended for Baltimore, so second-year corner Marlon Humphrey will have to rise to the occasion to stop Brown. Pittsburgh remains without star running back Le’Veon Bell. The Steelers are still ranked second in total offense in the league, but their rushing game is ranked 23rd, even with the emergence of running back James Conner. The Ravens have the 13th ranked run defense, but the hopeful return of both C.J. Mosley and Michael Pierce will help to greatly strengthen the unit. With a win against the Steelers and a Cincinnati loss, Baltimore could take first place in the AFC North at 3-1. Pittsburgh SteelersPittsburgh secured it’s first victory of the season with a thrilling 30-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night. The Steelers now play host to the Ravens in what should be another prime time thriller. Pittsburgh’s defense has struggled so far this season, and they currently sit at 29th in total yards per game. Baltimore boasts the league’s ninth best passing attack heading into this game. The Steelers 28th ranked pass defense will have to find a way to stop quarterback Joe Flacco through the air in order to win.On the other side, Pittsburgh’s passing attack will be tested against the Ravens strong pass defense. Second-year receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will have an opportunity to make his presence felt if Baltimore’s defense focuses too heavily on stopping Brown in the passing game. Smith-Schuster is off to a great start to the season with 365 yards and one touchdown. Tight ends Jesse James and Vance McDonald could also play big roles against the Ravens. It is also worth mentioning that the last time these teams met without cornerback Jimmy Smith, Brown had 11 receptions for 213 yards.The Steelers will put themselves right back in discussion for the AFC North crown with a win over their divisional foes.Cleveland BrownsCleveland won their first game since the 2016 season against the New York Jets last week. The 1-1-1 Browns now travel to Oakland to face the 0-3 Raiders. Can Cleveland get it’s second win in a row on Sunday?The Browns defense currently leads the league in turnovers. Cleveland rookie cornerback Denzel Ward has certainly impressed with his play thus far Wholesale Nick Boyle Jersey Authentic Elite Limited - Nike Baltimore Ravens Official NFL Football Shop , meeting expectations as the fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft. Defensive end and former first overall pick Myles Garrett has started his second year on a strong note, recording four sacks through the first three games. Oakland’s sixth ranked passing attack will test the opportunistic defense of Cleveland.The number one overall pick Baker Mayfield made his first regular season appearance last week, sparking a comeback win. Mayfield looked poised and sharp throwing the football against the stout Jets defense on Thursday Night Football. If Mayfield can continue this success, then Cleveland could develop a deadly offense. Wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway are legit targets through the air and running backs Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson and Nick Chubb combine for a solid three-headed monster on the ground. Cincinnati BengalsAfter a 31-21 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 3, the Bengals now travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons. Rookie receiver Calvin Ridley has emerged as a true threat and compliment to star receiver Julio Jones for the Falcons, so the Bengals could have a hard time containing the duo. Atlanta and Cincinnati boast the leagues’ 11th and 12th best passing attacks respectively, while both passing defenses are in the bottom 10. Wide receiver A.J. Green looks likely to play on Sunday after suffering a minor pelvis injury last week. However, running back Joe Mixon and center Billy Price are both expected to miss the game. Starting cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick could also be sidelined, which is concerning when facing an explosive offense like the Falcons.The Bengals would improve to 3-1 with a win over Atlanta, increasing their chances of winning the AFC North.

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