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Ravens Top Washington – Week 4 Recap

The Baltimore Ravens vs Washington Football Team matchup turned out to be what was expected early in our preseason predictions. After a rough primetime game against the Kansas City Chiefs, many Ravens fans started to question how good Baltimore really was. There are still some lingering questions for Baltimore, but it looks like they have gotten back on track during their Week 4 win.

Baltimore 31 – Washington 17

The Baltimore Ravens progress to 3-1 after a strong outing in the “Battle of the Beltways” for two Maryland teams. After some questionable play-calling against Kansas City, it appears that Greg Roman got back on track against the Washington Football Team.

Baltimore seemingly abandoned the run against the Chiefs after the first drive of their Week 3 loss – despite it being a close game at the time. During that loss, Baltimore passed the ball 28 times while rushing only 21. In Week 4, Baltimore passed 23 times while rushing 32. This includes passes by punter Sam Koch and quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Lamar Jackson connected with eight different receivers during the win, led by Marquise Brown. After a shaky performance against the Chiefs, Mark Andrews hauled in two touchdowns to rebound against Washington. Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram both ran in scores on the day.

Week 4 Takeaways

The Ravens are still a talented football team. Baltimore continues to show that they are most dangerous with a balanced offense. There is no clear workhorse in the backfield. Surprisingly, Gus Edwards has led the Ravens’ running-backs in yards the past two games. Lamar has dominated rushing yardage over those same two games.

The primary pass-catchers had a positive performance. Mark Andrews is a clear go-to target in the redzone. After a costly would-be touchdown drop against Kansas City, Andrews showed why he was still the guy in Week 4. Marquise Brown had a good outing but still wasn’t able to eclipse 100 yards. No other receiver exceeded 2 catches.

The defense continues to be stingy. We expected some challenges during Week 3 against the Chiefs. With endless talent and a top tight tend against the rookie linebackers during Week 3, we saw the frustration in the middle of the field against the Chiefs. During Week 4, linebacker Patrick Queen rebounded by leading the team with 9 solo tackles.

For the second time this year, Marlon Humphrey stripped a ball-carrier to win the ball back for the Ravens. Humphrey has continued to show why he deserves his 5-year, $98.75 million dollar contract. He has excelled as a cover-corner and a tackler.

Matthew Judon finally got to the quarterback in Week 4. Judon logged two sacks to boost the Ravens’ defense. Jaylon Ferguson was also able to bring down Dwayne Haskins on the day.

Baltimore Ravens Stats

With 4 weeks in the books, the Ravens are officially a quarter of the way through their games. Lamar Jackson has thrown for 769 yards with 7 touchdowns and 1 interception. His completion percentage is at 68.4% which is just above his 2019 average of 66.1%.

Lamar Jackson has also continued to outpace his backs with rushing yards. He currently has 235 yards at 6.0 yards per rush. Jackson finished 2019 with a 6.9 yard per carry average. Mark Ingram has had a slow start in 2020 while Gus Edwards is on pace to lead all Ravens running-backs in rushing yardage.

Marquise Brown is the current yardage leader for Baltimore. In 2019, Mark Andrew led all pass-catchers with 852 yards. Brown is currently on pace to eclipse that number, based on his 234 receiving yards so far. Andrews does have 4 touchdown receptions already on the year – pacing him to improve on his 10-touchdown year in 2019.

Chuck Clark continues to be one of the hidden gems on Baltimore’s defense. Last year, Clark led the team with 73 total tackles. Currently, Clark is just behind Patrick Queen who has 33 total tackles. Marlon Humphrey leads the team with 3 forced turnovers. Chuck Clark also has two forced fumbles on the year.

Overall, the Baltimore Ravens have still been one of the best teams in the NFL. With mostly good health, Baltimore should be able to ease their way into the playoffs again in 2020.

 

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