Ravens-Seahawks: What We Learned
Lamar Jackson = Playmaker
The second-year quarterback practically put the Ravens offense on his back and willed the team to a victory. Every time the Ravens needed a big play, Jackson came through. He finished with 116 yards rushing with a touchdown. He completed 9 of 20 pass attempts for 143 yards. His receivers, most notably tight end Mark Andrews, didn't help him with several drops. Jackson managed a 50-yard completion to rookie Mikes Boykin.
It was a spectacular performance.
Marcus Peters = Playmaker Part 2
The Ravens expected cornerback Marcus Peters to make an immediate impact after being acquired from the Rams this past week. Peters met the expectations and gave the Ravens a 13-10 lead with a pick-six late in the first half. It was the first interception Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw this season.
Finding Some Pressure
The Ravens have struggled to keep the pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season. Baltimore played much better this game. The Ravens managed a sack and kept Wilson on the run for most of the game. Defensive coordinator Don Martindale put together an exceptional game plan
Homecoming for Earl Thomas
Safety Earl Thomas spent nine years in Seattle before signing with the Ravens this offseason. He greeted some former teammates before the game but not coach Pete Carroll. Thomas did not have a huge game stat-wise, but he did a solid job keeping players organized in the secondary. He was also a vocal leader on the sideline.
Penalties Piling Up
The Ravens struggled with penalties once again. However, some of those calls were questionable. Baltimore was flagged 8 times for 75 yards. Seattle was penalized twice for 8 yards. That won't be a focus after this spirited victory.
It was the Ravens first-ever win in Seattle and first victory over the Seahawks since 2003. The all-time series is tied 3-3.