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Baltimore Ravens 47; Buffalo Bills 3
This game was decided extremely early, as Baltimore’s offense deployed various trick looks and packages with and without rookie Lamar Jackson. Quarterback Joe Flacco was efficient, and he was given nearly all day to find open receivers, as he picked apart a Bills defense that graded as one of the best in the NFL a year ago. This was an impressive performance regardless of what happened on the other side of the ball.
Ravens fans got their first real look at rookie Jackson, and there was a little flash, as he forced a few missed tackles with his legs but was spotty with his accuracy. With the game completely out of reach the entire second half, the Ravens called almost all runs while he subbed in for Flacco and didn’t get many opportunities as a passer.
While the Buffalo offense didn’t do itself any favors, it shouldn’t take away from the excellent work from Ravens’ secondary. The combination of cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Marlon Humphrey registered four pass deflections and one interception, and Carr forced Bills wideout Kelvin Benjamin to deflect another target from his waiting hands on a vertical route early in…