Takeaways from a major season opener


‘Less Flash’ and a more balanced offensive attack

It did not include a five-touchdown explosion or a viral highlight like last year’s season opener against the Miami Dolphins that broke the internet.

There was nothing about the Ravens offensive attack on Sunday, but it was one of the most impressive performances under Jackson.

“What Jackson did was a commanding performance, showing how much he has grown and how hard he has worked to improve his perceived weaknesses,” wrote Jeff Zerbeck of The Athletic. “The Browns limited Rance’s record-setting running game to just 3.6 yards per carry and made consistent inwards, with Jackson handling the game with his own hand.

“… attractive? Not effective? Very much.”

The biggest criticism of the pundits was how the Ravens would commit crimes when the ground game was not working. On Sunday, the offense did not dominate the crowd (107) or possession time, like they did time after last season. He did not need to, as Jackson did his damage through the air with 275 yards and three touchdowns.

In many ways, pundits believe Jackson looked like a better passer coming into the MVP season.

“The Most Valuable Player threw 36 touchdowns against six interceptions in his MVP season last year,” Press Box Bo Smolka wrote. “If possible, his passing seemed even faster and more accurate in this game, as he completed 20 of 20 passes, often throwing wings beyond the reach of a defender.

“Jackson insisted that he stressed this offers, and while he did not field several shots, he hit the Marquis ‘Hollywood’ Brown with a 47-yard strike to complete the longest time of the day.” . ”