The Baltimore Ravens have been off to another great start in 2020. After a convincing 38-6 win over the Cleveland Browns in Week 1, the Ravens were able to continue their success in Week 2, defeating the Texans 33-16. So far, our predictions for the Ravens are still accurate although the team has their biggest test in Week 3 against the Chiefs.
The Ravens offense has continued to score points this season. The running game does appear to be a little slower than it was in 2019, but during Week 2, the run game erupted right on time as Mark Ingram exploded for a touchdown on a 4th down play.
Mark Ingram with a 30-yd touchdown (and roundhouse kick) out of the Wildcat today. pic.twitter.com/W8EX2aWWKV
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Overall, the rushing game was efficient minus Lamar Jackson. The Texans did a good job containing Jackson, who totaled 54 yards on 16 carries. Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards both eclipsed Jackson’s yardage total and had averages of 6.1 and 7.3 YPC, respectively. J.K. Dobbins capitalized on his limited opportunities with 48 yards on two carries and 13 yards on one catch.
In the passing game, Jackson connected with 9 different receivers while completing 18 of 24 passes for just over 200 yards and one touchdown. The Texans did a good job keeping Mark Andrews in check, but Jackson was able to find some other receivers and find utility man Patrick Ricard for the lone score through the air on the day.
Lamar Jackson hits Patrick Ricard for the short yardage TD! 🔥pic.twitter.com/7aiMA7tiiw
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Most notably, the Ravens did seem to have some trouble keeping the Texans front 7 out of the backfield. Commentators mentioned struggles coming from rookie Tyre Phillips. It looks like the absence of Marshall Yanda might be a legitimate concern for Baltimore.
The star of the show on Sunday was the Ravens’ defense. Baltimore recorded 4 sacks on the day and consistently pressured Deshaun Watson. The Texans’ star QB handled the pressure well, but wasn’t able to overcome the talent at all three levels for Baltimore.
Each of Baltimore’s star defensive backs were able to record a turnover on Sunday. Marlon Humphrey executed a perfect “Peanut Punch” to strip a Texans’ receiver during a tackle. That forced fumble was recovered by LJ Fort for a touchdown.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 20, 2020
Shortly after, Marcus Peters came up with an impressive acrobatic interception on a cross-field throw by Watson. The duo of Humphrey and Peters continues to cause trouble for opposing offenses. On the bitter end, it appears the Ravens lost Tavon Young for the season to a knee injury. The oft-injured player was primed for a great season but will be spending the remainder of it on Injured Reserve.
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Rookie linebacker Patrick Queen looked strong in his 2nd NFL start. Queen led the team with 7 solo tackles. Queen brings a good bit of speed and energy to an already-dangerous Baltimore defense. Matthew Judon was kept relatively quiet despite pressuring Watson a few times.
The Ravens had a good team win against the Houston Texans. The offense was quiet but many players involved. As of now, it’s still hard to suggest committing to any players not named Mark Andrews or Marquise Brown for fantasy football purposes.
After seeing J.K. Dobbins take the bulk of the carries in Week 1, Gus Edwards led the team Week 2. It appears the running game will be a revolving door for the three talented backs. The receiving game looked similar to the 2019 season so far, with slightly more involvement from 2nd-year talent Miles Boykin.
The Ravens vs Chiefs should be a bigger shootout than the Ravens vs Texans. In a game with two talented offenses, it might come down to who makes fewer mistakes.