The day of the week changed, but the Baltimore Ravens’ recipe for success didn’t.
Early in their first Monday night game of the season, the Ravens surged to a quick start and established a powerful running game against the hosting Los Angeles Rams. By halftime, Baltimore held an 28-6 lead.
The Ravens’ offense ran the ball on its first six snaps of the game and averaged 7.2 yards on those carries. Soon enough, star quarterback Lamar Jackson was flipping a touchdown pass to rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown for the game’s first score.
That marked the seventh time in 11 games the Ravens have found the end zone on their opening drive. And the possession helped Baltimore pad the stats of the NFL’s top-ranked rushing attack.
From there, the Ravens didn’t let up. They continued to plow through the Rams’ defense, which entered the game allowing the second fewest yards per carry (3.3) in the NFL, and didn’t allow Los Angeles’ offense to score a touchdown in the first half.
Jackson went 9-for-9 through the air in the first half for 87 yards and three touchdowns, and he also gained gained 80 yards on six carries. As a team, the Ravens ended the first two quarters with 173 rushing yards, which is more than the Rams had given up in any other entire game all season.
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