The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns 24-10 in Week 2, moving to 2-0. RSR staff react to the win here:
This defense – barring injury – should finish top 5 overall, in points allowed, in turnovers, etc. But I can’t help but think that if Rex Ryan or Chuck Pagano were still there, they would be historically good.
Maybe Dean Pees is really just playing his cards close to the vest against these lesser opponents. But the pessimist in me thinks he really has no idea how to use all the weapons at his disposal. We’ll see, I guess. Not next week, against Jacksonville, but in Week 4 against Pittsburgh.
On top of that, if the injuries to Marshal Yanda & Brandon Williams cause them to miss significant time, my pessimistic side REALLY takes over. (Edit – John Harbaugh said Yanda is done for the season. So yeah, I’m now 100% pessimistic.)
I apologize for being negative – this was another impressive showing by the defense, and a good-enough performance by the offense. 2-0 is awesome. Let’s enjoy it.
Another dominant defensive performance by the Ravens. This unit’s ability to force turnovers is downright fun to watch. The speed in the backfield will haunt defensive coordinators all season.
On offense, Joe Flacco alleviated a lot of concerns about when it comes to being able to chuck the ball over the field. The rapport he’s building with Benjamin Watson is important to the Ravens’ ultimate success on offense this year. Flacco’s always at his best with an effective tight end. Watson, despite being 36, still has some more tread on his tires. Outside of his fumble, Alex Collins was impressive as well.
Let’s hope the injuries to Yanda and Williams aren’t serious.
10 Turnovers in 2 games forced by the Ravens defense. Only given up one touchdown in 8 quarters of play. Solid quarterback play, with a good tight end. A pounding running game with multiple backs. Is this Y2K?
No, it’s 17 years later, but it’s the same story of success for the Ravens.
If the Ravens keep playing like this, they will prove most of American wrong (by making the playoffs and fighting for a Division Title). They have been fun to watch and they are committing fewer penalties.
Could this turn out to be a special season despite the tough injuries?
The Ravens defense again shines in their second win of the season forcing five turnovers while holding the lowly Browns to ten points.
Terrell Suggs was relentless in both rushing the passer and run defense. The injury to Brandon Williams largely went unnoticed thanks in part to a deep d-line.
The offense still remains questionable even before the injury to Marshal Yanda. Buck Allen continues to impress while Flacco was much improved.
It’s always great to beat the Browns by…well even more than the score indicated, but it’s hard to be excited about this game when literally your best offensive player is out for the year.
We’ll miss you this year, Marshal. Get well soon.