BALTIMORE – There were no fans in the seats, no prequel to draw from games, and there was a strange, unfamiliar silence before each snap.
After all, there were two constant winners in the matchup between Cleveland and Baltimore: NFL MVP Lamar Jackson was the focal point of the high-powered Ravens offense and the Browns lost another opener.
Jackson threw 2,275 yards and three touchdowns, and the Robbins went on to win 36-6 on Sunday to clear Cleveland coach Kevin Stefanski’s debut.
The COVID-19 epidemic leaves the seats empty and the play becomes opaque after the summer without any games. That was rarely the case with Jackson, who wanted to see every good – perhaps even better – better than he did in 2019 when he helped Baltimore compile an NFL-best 14-2 record.
“The guy was incredible last year,” said Mark Andrews, who grabbed the two men’s touchdown passes. “To me he’s clearly the best player in the world and his arm reflects that.”
A year ago, all-rounder Jackson set an NFL single-season record for a yard rushing quarterback and threw 36 TD passes. This time he completed 20 of 25 passes against the Cleveland midfielder due to injury and lifted a team of 45 yards on the ground.
The Browners were unable to stop him. As a result, Cleveland has not opened with a win since 2004.
“I think he’s a very talented footballer,” Stefanski said of Jackson. “We are not surprised by the plays he has made today.”
Neither was Ravens.
“Lamar Jackson just played a great game in every way,” coach John Harbah said. “Perhaps he was the biggest difference in the game.”
Brown Brazil quarterback Baker Mayfield gave the first of three Brown browsers a break in the opening series. Miss Austin Sebert’s two miss kicks and a failed fake pont call from Stefansky played a role in this path.
“Very disappointed, obviously,” said Stefansky, the Vikings’ former offensive coordinator. “But the credit goes to the Baltimore Ravens. They deserved to win. They have surpassed us, they have surpassed us. The teams we lost did a lot. “
Mayfield went 21 for 39 in exchange for 189 yards and was fired twice.
No fan permits – the decision was made by Ravens late last month after a meeting with government officials and health experts – traffic outside the stadium was light, most parking lots were barren and the smell of fried meat from the tail was noticeably absent.
The sections behind the last areas were filled with people’s cutouts. Section 14 14 includes 55 cutouts of 14-year-old Mo Gabbar, a popular Ravens fan who died of cancer in July. Also, MO letters in Baltimore words in an edge region were stenciled in gold.
The Ravens walked out of the tunnel before the Ganges, announcing to get out of a makeshift fortress with fireworks and smoke coming through the public address system before the game. Missing was of course the cheerleader and the deafening roar of the crowd.
The game was also somewhat surreal.
“It’s different to be able to hear the call and hear what the defense is saying,” Andrews said. I missed them today. ”
Baltimore could not script a better start to a season that hopes to end in the Super Bowl. Marlon Humphrey was dismissed from Mayfield and Jackson finished the first drive of the year with a touchdown pass from Andrews.
In the next right, Stefanski gambled on a fake pontoon and LJ Fort identified the play and leaked it. It sets a field goal for a 10-0 lead.
Cleveland responded with a 75-yard drive, but David Joku had a booted conversion after a touchdown pass. The Brownes then forced Patrick Ricard out of 10 against a 47-yard finish from Jackson to Marquis Brown.
Towards the end of the half, Jackson went 5 for 5 for 75 yards on a 99-yard drive that went to forgery J.K. The first one ended with Dobbins’ two touchdowns.
“It’s a blessing to have two touchdowns in my first NFL game,” said the former Ohio Starr.
The Browns went into position to cut the deficit, but subsequent errors – Odell Beckham Jr.’s third-down drop and Seibert’s field goal – left the ball to Baltimore with 4ore seconds left.
Jackson led a 9-yard drive – going all of those yards – and made it 24-6 with a 9-yard toss to Andrews. Baltimore’s opening drive of the second half was similar, with Jackson’s 19-yard touchdown pass ending with Willie Snyder.
Brown: Jedrick Wills Jr. left with a leg injury and did not return. … Secondary was out with three projected start injuries: Grant Delpit, Lovi Williams and Kevin Johnson. … LB Jacob Phillips went into the third quarter with a knee injury.
Ravens: Ron Stanley left in the third quarter with an ankle injury. He never came back. … On Sunday morning CB Jimmy Smith (back spams) was added to the injury list and listed as questionable, but he avoided the inactive list.
BROWNES: It’s a quick change for Cleveland to host the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.
Ravens: A road trip to Houston next Sunday. Baltimore overall 9-2 against the Texans, who opened with a defeat in Kansas City on Thursday.