Consistent rain and wind limited both offenses throughout the Sunday night affair, but it was a dominant rushing attack that ultimately led the New England Patriots to victory. Cam Newton, Damien Harris and the Pats’ offensive line carried New England to a 23-17 win over the favored Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Harris and Newton combined for 141 rushing yards and one touchdown in the contest.
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Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers also played a significant role in the team’s upset victory. The former NC State quarterback turned wide receiver threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to running back Rex Burkhead and caught five receptions from seven targets for 59 yards.
Despite the inclement weather, Ravens’ Lamar Jackson still completed 24-of-34 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns against New England. He also rushed for 55 yards across 11 attempts. While he did throw a bad interception to J.C. Jackson down the right sideline to end the first half, Jackson was far from the reason Baltimore suffered the loss on Sunday night. Multiple bad snaps put the Ravens’ offense in a bind, and he had several passes dropped in the game.
The highest-graded rookie entering Week 10, Patriots offensive lineman Michael Onwenu, turned in one of his worst performances of the season in pass protection on Sunday night. He allowed multiple pressures across his 30-plus pass-blocking snaps at right tackle.
Ravens first-round rookie linebacker Patrick Queen will not finish PFF’s grading reviews with a strong grade. He ended the game with just one defensive stop and multiple negatively graded plays while playing in coverage against Newton and the Pats’ passing attack. Patriots’ Kyle Dugger was the more impressive rookie defender on the night, as he finished the game with at least five defensive stops and eight combined tackles.
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