The Ravens dominated from their first possession and never gave in, rushing over 175 yards in the resounding victory. In what was supposed to be a shootout between two of the league’s best young quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson got the better of Justin Herbert – even though the Ravens haven’t had his arm this week.
Baltimore took control of the game in his first practice, orchestrated by Murray. He ran twice for 22 yards and caught two assists on that drive. Baltimore finished with 62 rushing yards in that first practice – which set the tone for the game – and he was capped by Murray’s 14-yard touchdown. The Ravens ran for 92 yards on the field in their second practice, ending with a 3-yard Bell score – his first as the Raven and his first touchdown since Week 15 of last season.
Freeman’s touchdown came in the opening play of the fourth quarter, a 9-yard rush that gave Baltimore a 34-6 lead and full control of the battle between two AFC division chiefs. The Ravens’ other touchdown came from Jackson’s arm, who found Mark Andrews for a 9-yard strike on Baltimore’s opener in the second period. Jackson has 42 straight games with a passing or rushing touchdown – the fifth longest streak in NFL history. Training meant a long day for the Chargers ‘defense and a dominant afternoon for the Ravens’ offensive line.
The Chargers’ only sign of life came from a misguided Jackson throw that resulted in an interception. His only flaw when the game was still at hand allowed the Chargers to win their only touchdown of the game. Kyzir White knocked out Jackson – one play after DeShon Elliott intercepted Herbert – and Herbert found Jared Cook for a 1-yard touchdown two plays later to reduce Baltimore’s lead to 17-6 at the end of the second quarter. Herbert established the touchdown by finding Mike Williams for a big win, but Williams was injured on the play. Williams came back in time for the start of the second half.
Jackson finished 19 of 27 for 167 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He also had eight carries for 51 yards. Herbert finished 22 of 39 for 195 yards and a touchdown with an interception.
Here are our takeaways from Baltimore’s victory:
Why the Ravens won
It felt like an old-fashioned victory in Baltimore – dominant racing game and great defensive performance. Baltimore beat Los Angeles on the ground, rushing for 187 yards on 38 carries (4.9 yards per carry) as the Ravens were led by veteran running backs Murray, Freeman and Bell. All three scored a touchdown, and the Ravens’ hasty offense didn’t miss a beat even when Murray left the game with an ankle injury – which Harbaugh said wasn’t too bad. Freeman didn’t look like the Pro Bowl a few years ago, but it’s clear he can be effective in that offense if called upon to be the workhorse (he finished with nine carries for 53 yards) .
The Baltimore defense allowed just six runs on an explosive Los Angeles offense, limiting the Chargers to just 182 passing yards, including a quarter when the game was out of control. Herbert was out all afternoon, especially because of DeShon Elliott, who finished with a sack and an interception. The Chargers finished with just 3.9 yards per game and didn’t score any goals in their first five possessions. Total domination by the defense of Baltimore.
Why the Chargers lost
Name the mistake, the Chargers made it. From Brandon Staley to Justin Herbert to the rest of the squad, Los Angeles has been kicked out of the building by Baltimore – a surprise considering how good the Chargers are after five games. Staley inexplicably went to fourth place twice in his own turf, leading to six points for the Ravens (and could have been more). Herbert missed Mike Williams on a deep post in the game’s opening practice that set the tone of his day and the Chargers’ defensive line just couldn’t stop the run at any point.
Los Angeles will want to remember this one for its poor performance, but the Chargers just had a bad game against a team that focused on not being disappointed after a thrilling victory six days earlier. Herbert will be better off after arguably the worst game of his career and Staley should improve after being too aggressive – which helped him start the year before Sunday. The Chargers are still a good team, but they picked a bad day to play badly.
The Chargers were down 14-0 when Brandon Staley made the decision to scratch his head for the fourth goal on the Chargers’ own 39 with 9:13 left in the second quarter. Staley was trying to inject life into his offense and trust his struggling quarterback, but was burned by a pass from Justin Herbert to Mike Williams that went incomplete due to a high throw.
Staley was lucky the Ravens were out three times, but Justin Tucker still made him pay for the decision by scoring a 52-yard field goal to give Baltimore a 17-0 lead midway through the second quarter. The Chargers were able to reduce the lead to 17-6, but those three points given on a coaching decision were critical before half-time.
Los Angeles may be falling out of the game, but Staley took them out completely while playing to build momentum. This week it didn’t work out.
A restraint penalty on the Ravens’ second possession forced Baltimore into a first-and-20 situation in a 7-0 game. Leave it to Lamar Jackson to get it all back on the first play, rushing 22 yards to get the rowdy Ravens fans back on their feet. It was a brilliant run for Jackson, who waited for his blockers before taking off on the straight sideline and getting the first down.
Jackson found Mark Andrews for 21 yards in the next play before Le’Veon Bell hit the ball from two yards to give the Ravens a 14-0 lead. Jackson’s run set up what would be a dominant afternoon for the Ravens.
“If I break a record, it happens. We want something else. – Lamar Jackson on setting many records during his short NFL career.
Jackson broke Dan Marino’s record for most wins by a starting quarterback before the age of 25, admitting “that’s pretty cool.” The Ravens quarterback won’t get carried away by all the marks he’s setting, nor will he give in to the Ravens being the best team in the AFC.
“We’re good with what we have. We don’t need that extra stuff. ”
The Ravens (5-1) play their third straight game at M&T Bank Stadium next Sunday as they host the Bengals (4-2) while the Chargers (4-2) have a week off before returning to face the Patriots at home on Sunday. , October 31.