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Studs and Duds From the Ravens’ Week 12 Win Over the Raiders

November 27, 2018 - 11:50 am
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By Joe Schiller 

Studs

Gus Edwards

The Gus Bus continues and couldn’t be stopped as Edwards rushed for 118 yards on 23 carries. He became only the second Ravens rookie to rush for over 100 yards in back-to-back games and a 5.1 yards per carry average was impressive to see.

The ground game has come alive with the combination of Lamar Jackson and Edwards in the backfield. Edwards may not be more talented than Alex Collins at this point but his run style and ability to compliment Jackson is working perfectly.

This offensive philosophy has the ability to slow down high-powered offenses and with favorable matchups against depleted front-sevens in the coming weeks, Edwards will be a key back down the stretch.

 

Matt Judon

The Ravens’ pass rush was nearly non-existent for three quarters against an offensive line that struggled to keep Derek Carr upright all season. That’s until Judon recorded three sacks on three straight plays. His first was a strip-sack that Terrell Suggs picked up and returned 43 yards for a touchdown.

Judon had yet to continue his production from an eight-sack season in 2017 but seems to be finding his momentum with now six. He could even potentially see AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors coming his way.

 

Brandon Williams

He finished with just three tackles but Brandon Williams was a key component in stopping the Raiders’ rushing attack. Doug Martin was held to 51 yards on 11 carries and the backfield rushed for just 67 in total.

Williams is a player that command and punish double teams. He’s not going to be a three-down player that will rush the passer but his ability against the run is the reason the Ravens felt the need to keep him around.  

Cyrus Jones

After struggling to find consistency in his early NFL career, Cyrus Jones may have found a home with the Ravens at a key position. Ironically, it’s his hometown.

The former Gillman star brought life the Ravens’ first-half struggles with a 70-yard punt return touchdown. The Ravens took a 10-7 lead and never looked back en route to a 34-17 victory, their second straight.

The competition between Tim White and Janarion Grant eventually went to Jones and he’s yet to fumble as a returner this season.

 

Honorable mention: Terrell Suggs

For a 36-year old, Terrell Suggs can still run. The veteran used about all of his energy on his fumble return for a touchdown. Of course, he got some help from his teammates blocking downfield and scored for the third time in his career.

If there are any negatives to take away, it’s that Suggs failed to record a tackle, sack, or quarterback hit during the game.

 

Duds

Buck Allen

With Gus Edward’s emergence and Ty Montgomery’s usage, Buck Allen may not have much of a rule in this offense. He finished with one carry for two yards and was not targeted in the passing game.