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Ravens Win HOF Game 17-16

Quick takes from Hall of Fame Game

August 02, 2018 - 11:31 pm

By Austin Medina  

New Hall of Famer Ray Lewis sparked the Ravens, and the crowd, with his patented dance move before the game started. It was as great as usual.

Lamar Jackson looked…well, like a rookie quarterback. It was clear when Jackson got the nod in the second half that the learning curve was occurring before our eyes. He took sacks when he should have thrown the ball away. He took big hits on run plays where he should of just slid. Nevertheless it was to be expected from Jackson. He wasn’t supposed to light up his first ever NFL game. There were some pros and some cons.

First-round pick to first-round pick

Starting off the second half, Lamar Jackson (32nd pick) threw a touchdown pass to tight end Hayden Hurst (25th pick).

RG3 underwhelms in first game back. After missing the entire 2017 season, the rust loomed all over the field for Griffin III. He finished the game with 58 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.

Gus Edwards proved to be a pleasant surprise in his NFL debut. The rookie from Rutgers showed great speed and elusiveness in limited action. He finished with seven carries for 26 yards yet his big-play ability is seen on this 23 yard reception.

The linebacker battle heated up with an outstanding performance by Kamalei Correa. Correa, a second round pick in 2016, proved not only that he belongs on the team, but he deserves more reps. Correa intercepted a pass in the first quarter and added three sacks to his monster game.

Safety Chuck Clark, who is in his second season with the Ravens, recorded an interception as well.

Unnecessary roughness or unnecessary flags?

How many penalties were given to defenders leading with their head? The newest rule in the NFL was clearly a point of emphasis by the officials Thursday night. How should defenders, who’s instincts is to make the tackle by any means necessary, going to refrain from bucking their own head? Good luck, Goodell!

All in all, it was great to have NFL football back. The 2018 season is officially underway.