2020 Game Analysis Week 1 Browns @ Ravens (By Ross Jacobs)
-There's not much to say about this game. These two teams look like they haven't changed from last year. The Ravens just keep right on rolling, and the Browns can't get out of their own way.
-RC is right. Odell Beckham Jr. is ruining this Browns offense. I can't figure out what the problem is exactly, but he is just not getting open. Last year they blamed it on an injury, but he looks like he's moving around fine. Whatever the reason it's a huge problem, and the Browns will likely be dumping him by next season.
-The Browns offensive line looks much, much better than last year however, and that gives me some hope that they can get this thing turned around. A good offensive line can carry a team a long ways. They really opened holes well for Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. The two RB's were gashing the Ravens for large gains much of the day, but the Browns were forced to stop running as they fell further behind. That won't happen every week, and this looks to be a very strong running game moving forward.
-The Ravens offense looks just as dangerous as last year, and now they have added rookie RB J.K. Dobbins to the mix. Dobbins got a surprising amount of carries early on, and showed why he was selected early in the 2020 draft. He provides an added speed threat from the RB position that the Ravens didn't have last year.
-As little as the Browns receivers were getting open, the Ravens had no such problem. They were running completely wide open, especially in the first half. Lamar Jackson doesn't have to be the most accurate QB ever because teams are so afraid of his running skills that their linebackers are forced to stay close to the line of scrimmage which allows the Ravens receivers to run free in the secondary. The top two targets are still TE Mark Andrews and WR Marquise Brown.
-The Browns only managed 6 points on offense, but I didn't see anything special the Ravens defense was doing to stop them. They pressured Mayfield pretty well, but it was mostly because Baker couldn't find anywhere to go with the ball. It could be that the Ravens have an amazing pass defense, but I don't think that's the case. Once Mayfield started looking for receivers other than OBJ they moved the ball pretty well. Just couldn't capitalize with any scores.
-The Browns defense did tighten up a little in the 2nd half after getting destroyed early on. Kind of looked like the Ravens just mailed it in at that point.
-Chubb and Hunt form a powerful duo but are going to drive owners mad splitting time. If one goes down the other becomes an automatic RB1
-I would stay away from all Browns receivers for the moment. Something just isn't right with this group and Mayfield spreads the ball around anyways
-Lamar looks just as unstoppable as last year. I still expect a tick down in his TD rate over the course of the year, but he sure started things off the right way
-I'm not sure how Mark Andrews keeps getting open as he's not that athletic, but he does. If it works...
-The only Ravens WR worth owning is Brown and he's still an inconsistent WR2 at this point