Anquan Boldin, welcome to Baltimore. The new Ravens WR caught 3 touchdown passes, proving to be the difference in the home-opener versus the Cleveland Browns, 24-17.
Joe Flacco seemed like a different quarterback compared to last week, when he threw 4 interceptions versus the Bengals. This week was the opposite with 3 TD’s and no picks! This was due much to his connection with Boldin. Since the beginning of their Baltimore days (moved from cleveland), the Ravens franchise has not had a true number one, big time receiver. Many hope, and believe that Boldin is that receiver. He looked like it on sunday. He almost had a fourth TD on a ball that hit off his hands in the endzone, which could have been pass interference on the Browns.
While the Ravens offense looked sharp, the defense had somewhat of an off day. I say somewhat because they sill only allowed 17 points. They made the stops they needed to, but at times the Browns were able to run the ball effectively and complete some pass plays down field. The pass plays are understandable as the Ravens secondary is still recovering from injuries, but the Ravens are trademarked for their run-stopping. Browns RB Peyton Hillis was a force to reckon with at times. Although the Ravens won, the defense had room to improve in terms of Baltimore defense standards.
The Ravens are now 2-1 on the season and have a show down with the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0) this sunday. Check back later in the week for a game preview.
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Written by Marc Cerniglia