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Studs and Duds From the Ravens’ Week 3 Win

September 24, 2018 - 11:50 am
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By Joe Schiller

Studs

Buck Allen

So far this season, Alex Collins hasn’t emerged as the leading running back. It’s been a two-headed attack led by Buck Allen. He ran and caught for a touchdown and while the stats aren’t eye-popping, Allen is proving to be a reliable target that’s now found the end zone for the third straight week.

 

James Hurst

Von Miller’s name was seldom heard throughout the game and the All-Pro pass rusher was limited to two tackles and no sacks. The Ravens went with the same offensive line combination and James Hurst was a key component to the winning formula in the trenches. He held his own on the outside and proved many doubters – including myself – wrong this week with a very solid performance keeping Joe Flacco clean in the pocket.

 

Mark Andrews

After scoring his first touchdown last week, Mark Andrews flashed again on Sunday. He caught two big passes for 59 yards and did his best Nick Boyle impression with a hurdle over Broncos’ safety Justin Simmons. Andrews thrived in the RPO offense at Oklahoma and is having similar success early on in his rookie season. Needless to say, he’s making the most of his opportunity.

 

Kenny Young

Speaking of taking advantage of an opportunity, how about Kenny Young? The rookie posted an impressive performance in place of C.J. Mosley last week and did the same against the Broncos in Week 3. He led the defense with 10 total tackles and helped limit Royce Freeman to just 53 rushing yards.

Young has a nose for the football and is making his case for starting time even when Mosley returns.

 

Terrell Suggs

Suggs put together a vintage performance, totaling five tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble on Case Keenum. The Ravens possess exciting young pass rush talent but it’s important not to forget the 35-year old who keeps producing.

 

Bonus: Sam Koch

Justin Tucker is usually the main topic of conversation on special teams but Sam Koch continues to prove he’s one of the league’s top punters and yesterday was no different. Koch averaged 49.3 yards on four punts, including a 57-yarder and spotted two inside the 20-yard line.

Consistently backing up the Broncos in their own territory was a large part of the defense’s success and they have Koch to thank for that.

 

Duds

Tyus Bowser

Bowser failed to create pass rush pressure and his missed assignment led to a blocked punt on the first possession of the game. That won’t sit well with special teams coach Jerry Rosburg going forward.