So the Ravens might be up just 3-0, but the way they’ve started has to be encouraging to all involved.
After a first quarter full of three-and-outs at Atlanta, Baltimore has six first downs in the first 10 minutes and change against the Lions, and put together an 11-play, 60-yard scoring drive capped by a Billy Cundiff 33-yard field goal.
The Ravens have reached midfield twice already, and the defense has recovered from a couple of missteps to stall the Lions.
Update: At the end of the first quarter, the Ravens have outgained the Lions 139-45. Their nine first downs are three times the number converted by the Lions.
Quite a showing against a penalty-prone but talented Lions defense. Even when Baltimore isn’t scoring, it’s moving. Flacco is 7-for-12 for 79 yards. Not much doing on the ground for Ray Rice.
But the Ravens look just fine without him.
Update II: That production continued early in the second quarter, as Baltimore finished off another decent drive - eight plays for 66 yards, ended by undrafted kicker Justin Tucker’s 50-yard field goal.
So the Ravens first-teamers on both sides of the ball have the home team up 6-0 five minutes into the second quarter.
Update III: Now that was fast. In just 1 minute, 46 seconds, the Lions motored 93 yards, with Matthew Stafford finding Calvin Johnson for an 18-yard touchdown grab.
Detroit all of a sudden leads 7-6 and the receiver known as “Megatron” has five catches for 111 yards on the night. Last week, the Ravens defense was burned by the big play. Again tonight.
Also, Flacco is done, finishing 7-for-12 for 79 yards, no touchdowns and no picks. Not bad.