The Baltimore Ravens’ hidden offensive strengths

The Baltimore Ravens started the regular season on a high note. The Ravens orchestrated a 20-0 shutout victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, their first win in Cincinnati since 2012. Baltimore was dominant from wire to wire and took advantage of Andy Dalton‘s uncharacteristic performance where he threw four interceptions, tied for his career high. While Terrell Suggs and the Ravens’ defense deserve all the praise, the offense is worth looking at as they showed signs of life and insight into their new offensive approach. Based on this first game, can Baltimore’s offense rise to the level of their dominant defense?

Fans got to see the return of Joe Flacco from his back injury and all signs point to him being ok, even if he did get banged up here and there. Flacco went 9/17 for 121 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Despite lingering in the pocket at times, it’s hard to critique his performance as he was mainly used as a human hand off machine. From the second quarter on, it was clear that the …

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