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Great to be back in the saddle (or I guess… nest?) for the RSR 2-Minute Drill!

Around The League

Before we get into the Ravens, let’s take a look at a few newsworthy notes around the league from this past week:

 

  • Kansas City ribs are fantastic, but apparently they preferred to dine on Justin Herbert’s ribs instead.
  • Speaking of injuries, according to ACL Recovery Club (@ACLRecoveryClub) the NFL is now up to (19) ACL injuries through the first week of the season. Of Ravens noteworthiness… Kyle Fuller was the 19th on their list.
  • Other major injuries included T.J. Watt (pec), Dak Prescott (finger), Jamal Adams (quad), and to a lesser extent Tee Higgins (concussion), Keenan Allen (hammy), and Alvin Kamara (rib).
  • With all of those injury notes above, I’m sad to report that my season-long fantasy teams went 1-4 and I have the luck of a Denver kicker making Nathaniel Hackett look good from 60+.

About Last Week…

Ravens 24 Jets 9

This game really didn’t even start until the third quarter, right? The first half was sluggish by both teams before the Ravens came to life in the second half. Lamar Jackson threw for just 213 yards, but a trio of touchdowns, of which wide receiver two Devin Duvernay pulled in two.

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Sprinkle in some defensive gems like a Marcus Williams interception while climbing the ladder, along with three sacks (Calais Campbell & Justin Houston with one each, Justin Madubuike and Patrick Queen split sack), and some seriously stout play by the defensive front, and the Ravens walked away with a relatively easy W in the Meadowlands.

On the Horizon…

Fins @ Ravens. Sunday 9/18 @ 1 pm

The Ravens home opener sees them welcome the Miami Dolphins to town this Sunday. If you’re looking for a space to discuss ‘Cover 0’ this ain’t it, but I strongly implore you to make it into a drinking game on Sunday every time the broadcast mentions Cover 0!

Prediction: The Ravens find a way to win this one, and it’s surprisingly not going to be close late.

The Ravens defensive line will be pushing back into Tiny Tua’s lap all day, and his recent quote of “if they can’t see me, I can’t see them” when talking about his receivers will prove to be a major downfall for Miami’s offense. The Ravens pressure will force a trio of turnovers – a pair of picks from Williams and Chuck Clark, and a strip sack from Houston – while holding Miami to just one passing touchdown to Tyreek Hill, and a Tua sneak for six.

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Quite the contrary, Lamar Jackson’s line will continue to get comfortable and jell, giving him ample time in the pocket that he didn’t have last time out versus Miami. I think we’ll also see some no huddle to slow substitutions for Miami and keep their defense running wind sprints, as the Ravens slowly build a lead that they won’t relinquish. Let’s give Jackson 250 yards passing and two touchdowns on the day (Duv, Isaiah Likely) while Kenyan Drake – not JK Dobbins on a pitch count – leads all backs with 90 all-purpose yards, and how about throwing in a curveball with a Demarcus Robinson rushing score?!

BAL- 27

MIA- 17

Best of the Rest

While the Ravens will be our focus on Sunday, here’s a few notable games worth tuning into in Week 2.

  • Pats @ Steelers Sun 9/18 @ 1 pm. The Steelers almost kissed their sister against the Bengals last Sunday. Here’s hoping they finally do it this weekend against an equally as deserving fanbase.
  • Cards @ Raiders Sun 9/18 @ 4:25 pm. Both teams disappointed in Week 1, but have a chance to both rebound and embarrass another franchise for starting 0-2.
  • Vikes @ Eagles MNF 9/19 @ 8:30 pm. The latter leg of the MNF double-header is probably the second best game of the week. Can’t miss tv (Titans at Bills is also a very solid MNF game).

Final Thoughts

Quite honestly, I despise the Dolphins and their fans. They’re not on the level of a Steelers hatred or Patriots animosity, but they are certainly up there with Browns and Bengals for me. Think it over…

 

  • 2017: Kiko Alonso tries to King Louis (decapitate like the French king in the 1700’s, not dance to ‘I wanna be like you’ like the Disney classic version) Joe Flacco in a blowout game in Baltimore.
  • 2019: Lamar Jackson’s first full season as a starter opens with a 59-10 skull drag in South Beach
  • 2021: Ravens get embarrassed in Miami and the Fins fans act like they didn’t get blown out by a collective score of 99-10 in the previous two matchups.
  • 2022: All of the Miami fanbase assumes Jackson wants to be a Dolphin and that the Ravens will just hand him over next offseason.

Take all of this and throw on top the Dolphins blog floating out there this week saying their “sources” say Lamar has a list of teams he wants to go to already (right… a guy who was tight-lipped through his contract negotiations suddenly has a list of teams not even a week later and is leaking it too!) and it just makes for an obnoxious team and fanbase that’s solidified in my Tier 2 of hate.

Here’s to a hopeful 2-0 come Sunday at 4pm!

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