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Ravens vs Dolphins Post Game Breakdown: Ravens defeat Dolphins 59-10
Offense: Wow! What a performance from start to finish for the Ravens offense. They exploded for 59 points, which was a Ravens franchise record. The offense also had a franchise record with 42 points at halftime. Right away, Mark Ingram broke off a 49 yard run on the first drive and finished the game with 107 yards and 2 touchdowns on just 14 carries. Lamar Jackson completed his first 9 passes for 204 yards and four touchdowns and ended up with an incredible stat line of 17/20, 324 yards, 5 touchdowns and a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating. He tied the franchise record for touchdowns in a game with Joe Flacco. The other star of the Ravens offense was rookie receiver and 1st round pick, Hollywood Brown. Hollywood immediately showed off his special speed by flying by defenders after catching a slant route and taking it for 47 yards for a touchdown and doing the same with an 83 yard deep post route. The final star of the day was tight end Mark Andrews who caught 8 passes for 108 yards and 2 touchdowns. This was an amazing day for the offense, as they totaled 643 total yards and hopefully it can keep up next week.
Defense: The defense also showed up and only allowed 10 points to Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins. The Ravens defense only allowed 200 total yards of offense, and finished with 3 sacks and 2 interceptions. Patrick Onwuansor, Matthew Judon and Pernell McPhee each had a sack and Earl Thomas (which came on the first defensive possession of the game) and Marlon Humphrey each had an interception.
Special Teams: Leading 35-3 the Ravens faked a punt on 4th and short and Co-Cap, Anthony Levine, took it 60 yards. Justin Bethel also recovered a muffed punt by Jakeem Grant.
MVP of the game: Lamar Jackson, this is obvious. He had his best passing game of his career and showed the doubters how wrong they were. Which brings me to a rant. I am so glad Lamar played the way he did. Throughout last year and the offseason all I saw on Twitter was how bad Lamar is. “He can’t throw” and “He’s a running back.” These haters for some reason didn’t think that Lamar could improve at all after starting just EIGHT GAMES last year. I was sick of it, and I can’t imagine how sick Lamar was of it as well. This game silenced the haters, and I think he will continue to do so.
Rookie of the game: Hollywood Brown, this one is also obvious. He went off in his first pro game, and I think Lamar has found his guy at receiver.
Defensive player of the game: I am going to give this one to Earl Thomas. It could have also gone to Peanut or Marlon, but in his first game as a Raven, Earl did what he was brought to the Ravens to do, cause turnovers.
Injuries: Cornerback Jimmy Smith left the game with a knee injury that didn’t look good. Fortunately John Harbaugh said that it wasn’t season ending and that an MRI on Monday will reveal whether or not it is day to day or week to week.