Lamar Jackson, Ravens Dominate Dolphins in Historic Win

Vinny & Haynie
September 09, 2019 - 10:44 am

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By Joe Schiller

Lamar Jackson heard the criticisms. The second-year quarterback took the podium on Sunday afternoon and alluded to comments that surrounded him entering the NFL Draft.

There were plenty of questions about Jackson and the Ravens heading into their Week 1 matchup against the Miami Dolphins, but they were quickly answered – at least for the short term. 

After eclipsing 200 passing yards just once during his rookie season, Jackson finished 17-of-20 for 324 yards, posted a perfect quarterback rating (158.3), and became just the third quarterback in franchise history to throw for five touchdowns as the Ravens routed the Miami Dolphins in South Beach 59-10. 

Eric DeCosta's new additions made their presence felt early. Mark Ingram ripped off a 49-yard run on the first play from scrimmage, and the veteran running back set the tone on the ground. His 1-yard touchdown, one of two on the day, gave the Ravens an early 7-0 lead with 10:34 left in the first quarter.

Ingram led all rushers with 107 yards on 14 carries and two scores. 

Earl Thomas III picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick on the ensuing drive to put Jackson and the offense back in business. Thomas made his anticipated debut after missing most of the 2018 season with a broken leg and played up to the billing of an All-Pro safety. 

But perhaps the most notable contributions came from two rookie wide receivers, one who made his NFL not far from home. Marquise "Hollywood" Brown took his first career catch to the end zone on a 47-yard score in the first quarter to extend the Ravens' lead 14-0. Jackson and Brown connected again on the ensuing drive as Brown burned his way through the Dolphins' secondary for an 83-yard touchdown. Rookie teammate Miles Boykin added a five-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter as the Ravens took a commanding 42-10 halftime lead. 

Brown was limited throughout the offseason while recovering from a Lisfranc foot injury, but the rookie looked like the deep threat that wreaked havoc on opposing defenses at the University of Oklahoma. He was quick, elusive, and finished with 147 yards and two touchdowns on four catches. 

Jackson spread the ball around and Mark Andrews quietly produced one of the best performances of the game. Expected to have some of the best chemistry with Jackson, Andrews caught eight passes for 104 yards and a 3-yard touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III in the fourth quarter. 

Jackson added a 1-yard touchdown pass to Pat Ricard coming out of the half, and Justin Tucker's 34-yard field goal in the fourth quarter padded a 52-10 lead. Josh Rosen took over for Ryan Fitzpatrick under center for the Dolphins but finished just 1-of-3 for five yards and an interception thrown to Marlon Humphrey. 

The positives greatly outweighed the negatives for Baltimore, but cornerback Jimmy Smith exited the game early and will have an MRI on his right knee Monday. The injury is reportedly an MCL according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebeic, but it's not season-ending. 

The Ravens return to Baltimore for the home opener against the Arizona Cardinals this week. While discussion of the strength of the opponent will fuel debates surrounding the Ravens' offensive performance, a dominant win to start 1-0 is all you could ask for.