The Baltimore Ravens‘ offense was inefficient, and the team needed a record-breaking 66-yard Justin Tucker field goal as time expired to sneak away with a 19-17 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 3.
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Lamar Jackson was up and down against Detroit. He only completed 16 of his 31 pass attempts for 287 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also took four sacks. He did, however, total 58 yards rushing on seven carries and showed up in a big way on the 4th-and-19 play that ultimately saved the game for Baltimore, connecting with Sammy Watkins for a 36-yard gain to set up Tucker with the game-winning 66-yard field goal.
None of the Ravens running backs enjoyed any success on the ground on Sunday. Latavius Murray, Ty’Son Williams and Devonta Freeman combined for 58 rushing yards on 15 carries (3.9 yards per carry). The trio also combined for eight missed tackles while Jackson had 10 himself.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
This was a game to forget for Marquise Brown. While he did haul in three passes for 53 yards, he dropped two well-placed deep balls that both could have been touchdowns. His PFF receiving grade will likely finish the review process under 60.0. Star tight end Mark Andrews led the team with five receptions for 109 yards, including four gains of 15-plus yards and a contested catch.
Ben Cleveland and Ben Power split reps at left guard throughout the contest, and it was Powers who fared the best. He earned 82.0-plus PFF grades as a run-blocker and in pass protection. He should finish reviews as the Ravens’ highest-graded lineman. Veteran tackle Alejandro Villanueva was the least impressive Ravens offensive lineman. He earned a sub-60.0 PFF grade and allowed nine pressures on first review.
Even though the Ravens’ defensive line was ravaged by injuries, the unit still held its own against Detroit. None of the Ravens offensive linemen earned grades below 58.0. Veteran Calais Campbell was easily the most impressive with his five pressures on the day.
While the defensive line held its own, the Ravens linebackers struggled mightily. Both Patrick Queen and Tyus Bowser earned PFF grades under 50.0 and combined for five missed tackles and three first downs allowed in coverage.
Ravens safety Chuck Clark was outstanding. He earned an 86.6 PFF grade on first review of the broadcast film and totaled 12 combined tackles, zero missed tackless and a sack. Marlon Humphrey and Tavon Young also turned in strong performances, but Clark was by far the Ravens’ top performer in the secondary.
Jared Goff didn’t lose the game for Detroit, but he didn’t do anything to win the game, either. He completed 22-of-30 passes for 217 yards and zero touchdowns. He also didn’t record a single big-time throw or turnover-worthy play. His PFF grade will sit between 65.0 and 70.0 once the review process is complete.
It was tough sledding for the Lions’ backfield. Both D’Andre Swift and Jamaal Williams averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry, and more than 70 of their 89 combined rushing yards came after contact. Swift, however, was an obvious bright spot for the offense in the passing game. He caught all seven of his targets for 60 yards and forced three missed tackles on those receptions.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Veteran Kalif Raymond led the team in receiving with six receptions for 68 yards on 10 targets. Four of his receptions went for first downs, and he dropped just one of his targets. No other Lions wide receiver/tight end had more than 35 yards receiving.
While center Frank Ragnow and right tackle Matt Nelson both turned in quality performances as run-blockers and in pass protection, the rest of Detroit’s offensive line struggled significantly. Penei Sewell, Jonah Jackson and Halapoulivaati Vaitai all earned PFF grades under 60.0 and allowed seven combined pressures on first review.
Brothers Julian Okwara and Romeo Okwara were both impressive rushing off the edge against Baltimore. The duo combine for 10 total pressures, and veteran Charles Harris had six of his own. Rookies Alim McNeill and Levi Onwuzurike played sparingly, but neither impressed on the few snaps they did play. McNeill, specifically, will finish reviews as one of the Lions’ lowest-graded players.
Rookie Derrick Barnes allowed three receptions for 48 yards in the game, and all three receptions went for first downs. He will finish PFF’s grading reviews with a sub-40.0 PFF coverage grade. Alex Anzalone and Jalen Reeves-Maybin also played significant snaps at linebacker for Detroit but will finish reviews with sub-65.0 PFF grades and three combined missed tackles.
Tracy Walker and Amani Oruwariye were impressive on the back end for Detroit. The duo combined for six total tackles and missed none while allowing just 32 yards on four targets. Oruwariye was also gifted an interception from Jackson in the fourth quarter.