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Ravens Hand Denver First Loss, 23-7

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The Ravens went to Denver and took care of the undefeated Broncos, winning 23-7. RSR staff react to the win here.

Derek Arnold

It wasn’t pretty, but we have to remind ourselves that the Ravens scored 23 unanswered after going down 7-0, and played much of the second half with a practice squad left tackle. They went to a very tough place to play and beat an undefeated team by 16. The good guys need Alejandro Villaneuva to heal up, and to hope that Ronnie Stanley gets back. Still, Denver was dealing with a ton of their own injuries, including ones suffered during the game, with Teddy Bridgewater not returning after halftime.

Lamar Jackson threw for over 300 yards in a win…wild. His running lanes were non-existent, and he made throws when he had to. Beware, NFL defenses. Marquise Brown more than made up for last week with an incredible touchdown catch. Mark Andrews had one called back on a ridiculous penalty on the aforementioned practice squad tackle, Andre Smith

The Ravens’ streak of 100-yard rushing games looked to end one short of tying the record, but the John Harbaugh that I love (see below for the one I don’t), made sure it happened on the game’s final play. Le’Veon Bell…showed up, I guess? Latavius Murray‘s touchdown run was nice, but he wasn’t much otherwise. I’d still like to see more of Ty’Son Williams and less of the geriatric backfield, but Harbaugh is what he is.

The Ravens notched another win, stacking their third straight. That’s what matters. They get an extra day to heal up before hosting the Indy team on Monday Night Football (sadly, without a Manning-cast).

Taylor Lyons

Maybe not the prettiest win, but the Ravens went on the road and dominated a 3-0 team. A win is a win, and if you gave me a 3-1 start before the season I’d have taken it every time. The defense did its job, forcing 10 Broncos punts. Although the tackling is still an issue, the pass rush controlled the game from start to finish with a bunch of guys tallying sacks.

Offensively, it was both unusual and refreshing to see the Ravens do almost whatever they wanted through the air. Lamar Jackson continues to spread the ball around very well; five different players caught at least three passes. In the end, an all around solid and encouraging road win. 

Chad Racine

Most importantly they got the win. I have to admit I was highly irritated that Ty’son Williams was inactive when he’s the back with the most juice. How he was inactive over Davonta Freeman is beyond me. 

Lamar and the Ravens offense have been doing a great job at taking what the defense gives them. Hollywood Brown totally redeemed himself. Any criticism of Lamar’s passing skills are just plain ignorant. There is nothing he can’t do. Wait until Rashod Bateman returns because I think the passing game will take another significant step.

Andre Smith at left tackle moving forward is a major concern. The Ravens need some good news regarding the health of the offensive line. 

Rob Shields

This was a monster win. I felt like this was the biggest non-division game of the year and they dominated the game for the most part.

Lamar had a great day passing and he did a good job spreading the ball around. Hollywood Brown bounced back well from last weeks issues and James Proche finally got into the offense today. 

The running game continues to struggle and it’s very apparent that Ty’Son Williams is the most explosive runner they have. I feel they need to get him back into the game plan.  

Hope that Villanueva is ok, as I don’t trust Andre Smith to hold up. That’s the one real issue coming out of today.

But overall, great win and now we are home for the next five weeks. 

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