AFC North Week 1 Recap: Ravens Lone Winner To Open 2019 Regular Season


The Pittsburgh Steelers opened their 2019 regular season on the road with a loss to the New England Patriots and with one other AFC North team winning in Week 1, they’ll begin Week 2 tied for last place in their division.

The Baltimore Ravens were the only AFC North team to win in Week 1 and they did so in impressive fashion as they beat the Miami Dolphins on the road 59-10.

Ravens second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson competed 17 of his 20 total pass attempts against the Dolphins on Sunday for 324 yards and five touchdowns. Two of those five touchdown receptions were caught by rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown, who finished his first career NFL game with four receptions for 147 yards. Ravens tight end Mark Andrews caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in Sunday’s win and running back Mark Ingram chipped in 107 yards and two touchdowns on 14 total carries.

The Ravens defense also did their part on Sunday as they limited to the Dolphins offense to just 200 total net yards. That Baltimore defense registered two interceptions on Sunday, a fumble recovery and three sacks. The Dolphins offense managed just 12 first downs in a losing effort and their offense converted just three of 10 third down opportunities.

Next up for the Ravens in Week 2 will be the (0-0-1) Arizona Cardinals in Baltimore.

The Cleveland Browns lost their 2019 regular season opener Sunday afternoon to the Tennessee Titans 43-13. That game was 12-6 Titans at halftime.

In the Browns loss, quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 25 of his 38 total pass attempts for 285 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. All three of his interceptions came in the second half with one of them being returned for a touchdown.

Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. registered seven receptions for 71 yards in a losing effort while running back Nick Chubb managed just 75 yards on 17 total carries. The Browns offense converted only one of their 10 total third down opportunities on Sunday against the Titans. The Browns defense failed to record a turnover on Sunday but did manage to record four total sacks. However, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 24 total pass attempts against the Browns defense and Tennessee also totaled 123 total net yards rushing

The 0-1 Browns will now start preparing to play the (0-1) New York Jets in Week 2 and that game will be plated Monday night in New York.

The other AFC North team, the Cincinnati Bengals, also lost their 2019 regular season opener on Sunday. The Bengals and their new head coach Zac Taylor lost 21-20 on the road to the Seattle Seahawks.

In the loss, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton completed 35 of his 51 total pass attempts for 418 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Dalton, however, did fumble away the football twice on Sunday and he was sacked five times in total.

Wide receiver John Ross caught seven of those passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns and Cincinnati kicker Randy Bullock chipped in two field goals in the loss. The Bengals offense only managed 34 total net rushing yards against the Seahawks defense.

The Bengals defense allowed Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to throw for 196 yards and two touchdowns on 14 total completions. Running back Chris Carson scored twice on Sunday against the Bengals defense. The Seattle offense only possessed the football for 24:10 on Sunday but still managed to come away from the contest victorious.

Next up for the 0-1 Bengals in Week 2 will be the (1-0) San Francisco 49ers next Sunday in Cincinnati.

As for the (0-1) Steelers in Week 2, they will host the Seahawks on Sunday at Heinz Field. The Steelers last played the Seahawks in 2015 and in Seattle and they lost that game 39-30.

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