Ravens Week One: The Studs and The Duds

September 14, 2022

The Ravens defeated the Jets in Week One with an up-and-down performance. They ultimately came away with the 24-9 victory thanks to a couple of studs and duds.

The Baltimore Ravens had an up-and-down performance in their 24-9 victory over the New York Jets. The first matchup of the season saw the Ravens matchup with former franchise quarterback Joe Flacco in a mentor vs. student duel. There were plenty of exciting moments throughout this first game that will make fans excited for the fun to come. Conversely, there were a few points of concern that could haunt the team later on down the line. As such, here are four studs and four duds from the Baltimore Ravens season opener.

Studs From The Baltimore Ravens Week One Victory 

The Defensive Line 

It goes without saying that the Baltimore Ravens defensive line was nothing short of great on Sunday. Although they let a few big runs here and there, the unit was perfectly in sync and made its presence known earlier on. Tackles Michael Pierce, Calais Campbell, and Justin Madubuike were stout against the run while virtually unstoppable as pass rushers. Madubuike in particular had the best performance and looks to be on pace for a breakout season. Pass rushers Odafe Oweh and Justin Houston were disruptive, with Houston being the most potent of the two. If this is a sign of things to come, the Baltimore Ravens could have one of the best units in 2022. 

Devin Duvernay 

The praise heaped upon Devin Duvernay this summer finally showed up in the Ravens’ first game. Duvernay finished Sunday’s game with two touchdowns on four receptions with 54 receiving yards. His best play came on the Ravens’ first touchdown in which he caught a back shoulder pass near the edges of the endzone. Duvernay looks to have a much improved year in 2022 and based on his performance this weekend, the future looks bright. 

Marcus Williams 

The Ravens’ biggest free agent signing made a significant impact on Sunday. Safety Marcus Williams established his presence early on when managed to intercept Flacco on a middle-of-the-field pass. Tight end Lawrence Cager slipped on the turf which allowed Williams to trigger downhill and nab his first pick with the Baltimore Ravens. Williams would continue to be around the football for much of the game, even making a few tackles in the run game. Williams is a big upgrade over DeShon Elliott and gives the Ravens a true center fielder in their defense. 

Lamar Jackson 

It was a slow start for the fifth-year quarterback, but Lamar Jackson eventually started to show out against the New York Jets. Jackson was incredibly rusty after skipping the preseason games but quickly turned things around towards the middle of the second quarter. Jackson made some really nice throws, in particular, the aforementioned touchdown pass to Duvernay. Despite his early struggles, Jackson’s reported improvement in training camp was entirely on display on Sunday. 

Duds From The Ravens Week One Victory 

Kenyan Drake 

This is a bit unfair especially considering his relative newness to the offense. But running back Kenyan Drake was disappointing in his first start with the Baltimore Ravens. Drake struggled to get going for much of the game with his biggest play coming on an eight-yard run. Given his pedigree, many expected a better outing from the former third-round pick. With J.K. Dobbins’ return still unsure, Drake will likely be relied upon against Miami where he’ll need to play much better than he did on Sunday. 

The Offense 

Despite generating 24 points on the day, the Baltimore Ravens offense got off to an incredibly slow start on Sunday. Their first two drives ended in punts and their third only mustered a field goal after the Williams interception. The Ravens could only generate a few yards here or there while their run game was virtually non-existent. Greg Roman’s unit got a spark towards the end of the first half. If the Ravens want to advance to 2-0, they’ll need to come out much stronger versus a tough Miami Dolphins defense. 

Isaiah Likely 

For those who vigorously watched the Baltimore Ravens preseason, no player was more exciting than rookie tight end Isaiah Likely. Despite the bevy of big plays made in the scrimmage games, Likely had an incredibly disappointing debut relative to fan hype. There were a few yards early on where Jackson tried to target Likely, however, the former Chanticleer couldn’t make a play. Despite his lack of production, it’s only week one so the jury is still out on this rookie. 

Morgan Moses 

The Baltimore Ravens suffered a crushing blow losing left tackle Ja’Wuan James to an Achilles tear early in the game. Additionally, free agent signing Morgan Moses had a couple of rough reps throughout the game. Moses wasn’t terrible, however, he wasn’t great either. The most glaring loss Sunday came when he was beaten around the edge by Jets rookie Jermaine Johnson for a sack. This is not to say Moses is a bad signing, however, one could expect more for a high-end veteran.