By Matthew Stevens
The Baltimore Ravens had the largest margin of victory in Week 1, beating the Buffalo Bills 47-3. A complete game from Baltimore for 60 minutes, it was an impressive show that has many around the league turning and noticing the Ravens suddenly. But not all think it was indicative of what Baltimore can actually do.
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In USA TODAY Sports’ latest power rankings, the Ravens only went up two spots to No. 15.
“They own No. 1 scoring D and No. 3 scoring offense. But effort came vs. Buffalo — the same team that took Baltimore’s 2017 playoff spot.”
I’m hard-pressed to see how this is a negative and not a major positive. While the opponent was the Nathan Peterman-led Bills, they were expected to have a solid defense after adding muscle on the defensive line and bringing in a new cornerback. Even offensively, Buffalo had the No. 6 ranked rushing unit last year.
It wasn’t just that the Bills played poorly, either. Baltimore forced two interceptions and had six sacks on defense. They completely stopped running back LeSean McCoy both on the ground and through the air. On eight touches, McCoy had a grand total of 21...