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It was an eventful opening Sunday for the AFC North.
03-15-2019, 05:00 AM,
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It was an eventful opening Sunday for the AFC North.
The Ravens dominated the Bills and earned a 47-3 victory. Cincinnati outlasted the Colts to move to 1-0. The Steelers and Browns Youth Nick Boyle Jersey , in the first divisional matchup of the year, ended in a 21-21 tie. Cleveland continues to search for their first victory since 2016. Ravens defeat Buffalo Bills: 47-3 Dynamic passing attackBaltimore was easily the most impressive team from the division in Week 1, and perhaps the entire league. They dominated the Bills on both sides of the ball, holding them to only a field goal in four quarters while scoring a whopping 47 points of their own. Led by Joe Flacco, the Ravens passing attack was decisive. Seven different receivers caught at least three passes, highlighted by Willie Snead IV, John Brown and Michael Crabtree - all of which caught touchdown passes. The tight ends were also involved early and often. Nick Boyle got the start and secured three catches for 40 yards on the opening drive. Maxx Williams and Mark Andrews each caught three passes as well. It was a balanced attack across the board, an encouraging sign for the Ravens’ retooled crop of offensive playmakers.Sound defensive play The defense did not miss a beat, continuing their impressive play from the preseason. They held the Bills to just 153 total yards of offense. Four different players recorded sacks, including two from cornerback Tavon Young. As a team, the Ravens recorded six sacks. They also snagged two interceptions; one from Tony Jefferson and the other from Brandon Carr. Buffalo recorded just 10 first downs on the day, all of which came in the second half. The Bills also converted just three of 15 third-down conversions. C.J Mosley James Hurst Jersey , Maurice Canady and Za’Darius Smith tied for the team-lead in tackles with five a piece. Bengals defeat Colts: 34-23Joe Mixon’s impressive performance Sophomore running back Joe Mixon, who many believe could take a significant leap this season, got off to a strong start in 2018. Albeit it came against the Colts porous rush defense, Mixon rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Mixon also made an impact as a receiver, catching five passes for 54 yards. Giovanni Bernard was expected to play a significant role in the backfield this season, but if Sunday was any indication, Mixon will occupy a workhorse role this year. Bernard was given just two carries and caught his only target for 11 yards. It was an overall impressive outing for the second-year Oklahoma product. Big fourth quarter erases deficit The Bengals entered the fourth quarter down 23-17, but shut out the Colts in the final frame while scoring 17 unanswered points. A Joe Mixon touchdown run at the goal line capped off a seven-play, 55 yard drive midway through the fourth put the Bengals up 24-23. A field goal on the next drive made extended the lead to four points. Andrew Luck looked primed to lead a game-winning drive. However, with just under a minute left, tight end Jack Doyle fumbled the ball after recording a catch over the middle of the field. Safety Clayton Fejedelem returned the fumble 83 yards for a touchdown. Steelers and Browns tie: 21-21 Life without Le’Veon Bell In the first game without All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell, the Steelers offense largely did not miss a beat. Second-year back James Connor , who got the start in place of Bell, produced a big performance. Connor rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries. He also caught 5 catches for 57 yards. Antonio Brown was his usual self, catching 9 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. JuJu Smith-Schuster also had a productive day, recording 119 receiving yards. While he threw for 335 yards, Roethlisberger was extremely careless with the ball. He threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles, which proved costly. Several Pittsburgh drives were thwarted by Roethlisberger turnovers, leaving points off the board. New-look Browns show improvement Although they ultimately failed to earn a victory, the Browns came close to pulling off a significant upset. If not for a blocked field goal attempt at the end of overtime, Cleveland would be 1-0. Regardless, they showed promise. Tyrod Taylor had an up-and-down debut, evidenced by his 15/40 passing and costly interception at the end of the fourth quarter. However, he ultimately made some throws put the Browns in a position to win.Taylor led the Browns in rushing yards with 77 on just eight carries. Jarvis Landry caught seven passes for 106 yards , leading the receiving corps with Josh Gordon on a limited snap count. Myles Garrett recorded six tackles and two sacks on defense.Four storylines for Ravens vs. Redskins Week 4 preseason matchup The Baltimore Ravens are set to face the Washington Redskins in Week 4 of the preseason, and there is a lot at stake. The Ravens are currently on a 12-game preseason winning streak, but protecting that streak will be the least of their concerns. Every NFL team will have to trim their 90-man rosters down to 53 by Saturday, September 1st at 4 pm ET. Much like every other team, the Ravens will have several difficult decisions to make. 1. Which wide receiver can emerge from the rest?The fifth and sixth wide receiver spots are up for grabs. It appears to be a four-man competition for two spots: Janarion Grant, Breshad Perriman, Tim White, and Jordan Lasley. Grant has yet to make much of an impact as a receiver, but he has been a dynamic returner. Although he is currently leading the returner competition, Grant will need to have more production offensively. After having his first target of the 2018 preseason turn into an interception because of a dropped pass, Perriman has bounced back in a big way. He has eight receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown. Perriman’s route running and hands have improved, but will Baltimore give him another chance , or have they given up on him?He has had the worst preseason performance in this group, but Lasley flashed his potential in Baltimore’s win over the Dolphins. Lasley recorded three receptions for 30 yards, and he showcased his dangerous YAC ability. He has struggled with drops throughout the preseason, but it is likely he will make the 53-man roster.Tim White had the returning job all but locked up heading into the preseason, but his roster stock plummeted following a fumble on a punt return. White was given limited reps not only as a returner but as a wide receiver after that fumble. He had an impressive showing against Miami, but it might not have been enough to overtake Grant. 2. Robert Griffin III revenge gameGriffin III will have one last opportunity to showcase his talents before the Ravens have to make a difficult decision; can they keep three quarterbacks? With Joe Flacco likely sitting out, Lamar Jackson and Griffin III will receive another game with extended reps. Can Griffin III secure a roster spot? Is Lamar Jackson ready to be a backup quarterback? That is without a doubt the most important question that the Ravens have to answer when deciding Griffin III’s fate 3. LB Albert McClellan vs. LB Chris BoardThe inside linebacker competition has changed since Kamalei Correa was traded to the Tennessee Titans. The final spot will likely either go to Board or McClellan, and the competition is up in the air. McClellan is a veteran linebacker, who has struggled on the defensive side of the ball, but he is an outstanding special teams player. Board has flashed both defensively and on special teams, but he has not played top-tier competition. The Ravens could opt to keep only three inside linebackers until Bam Bradley is ready to return following Week 6. 4. Who will win the defensive line competition?One of Baltimore’s deepest position groups is the defensive line, and the injury to Willie Henry has made this group a must-watch in the preseason finale. The Ravens will carry seven or eight defensive linemen , and six are roster-locks: Henry, Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce, Brent Urban, Chris Wormley, and Patrick Ricard. Carl Davis, Bronson Kaufusi, and Zach Sieler are fighting for what could be only one roster spot. Who will emerge from this competition and earn a roster spot?

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