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Many happy returns for Ravens in opening win over Bills

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) is upended by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb (21) during the second half of an NFL football game n Baltimore, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) AP

The scoreboard might not have exactly reflected it, but there were individual moments Sunday which could make one think the Ravens are ready to rebound.

With solid showings from a number of offensive stars returning from injury, the Ravens held on for a 13-7 win over the Bills in the opener.

They also kept the pressure on Buffalo’s offense throughout, limiting the Bills to 160 yards.

But for Baltimore, it was the return of a set of offensive playmakers which could make them a contender in the AFC.

Joe Flacco, coming back from a torn ACL, threw for 258 yards and a touchdown. His day included a pretty 35-yard completion to Breshad Perriman (recovering from a knee injury which kept him off the field as a rookie) and a 27-yard completion to tight end Dennis Pitta (who has missed two seasons with hip problems). Running back Justin Forsett (coming back from a broken arm) coupled with Terrance West for a stable running complement.

But the exclamation mark was a 66-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace, who is simply recovering from four years of being Mike Wallace.

While the stat sheet might not reflect it against a solid Bills defense, it was a good opening day for Flacco, who wasn’t mobile to begin with and isn’t now.

But combined with a defense which played to their reputation, the Ravens turned in a solid debut.

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24 Responses to “Many happy returns for Ravens in opening win over Bills”
  1. jakec4 says: Sep 11, 2016 4:02 PM

    Ravens fan, but let’s be fair. The Bills helped out a lot with the stupidest penalties at the biggest moments of the game.

    Wallace and Weddel had nice debuts. Devin Hester looked like he was on Dancing With the Stars.

  2. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 11, 2016 4:15 PM

    Rex and Rob Ryan’s last year coaching ever again in the NFL. These blowhards need to be fired.

  3. lemmetalkwouldya says: Sep 11, 2016 4:17 PM

    The Ravens defense held the Bills to just 160 yards of offense, and Flaccid STILL just beat them by SIX POINTS???!!!!!

    Sleep tight, Ravens fans; it’s going to be a loooong season.

  4. lemmetalkwouldya says: Sep 11, 2016 4:17 PM

    The Ravens defense held the Bills to just 160 yards of offense, and Flaccid STILL just beat them by SIX POINTS???!!!!!

    Sleep tight, Ravens fans; it’s going to be a loooong season.

  5. trainwrecksryan says: Sep 11, 2016 4:18 PM

    Bills fans, line up here and take your lumps.

  6. longtermbuffalonian says: Sep 11, 2016 4:29 PM

    Trainrexryan,

    Not sure why we’d be taking lumps – not many folks in Bills land were saying we’d trounce the Ravens, AND just about every analyst everywhere was saying that the Ravens would win…

    Besides… any game won by less than a score was a tough one.

    Congrats, Ravens on a hard fought game.

  7. mjd08501 says: Sep 11, 2016 4:33 PM

    This was a terrible game to watch. The Ravens were just good enough to win (and even that’s a stretch after losing the ball on a fumbled snap) but the Bills looked like they could be the worst offense in the NFL today. Credit to the Ravens for doing what they had to do, but this was vintage Rex Ryan today for Buffalo.

  8. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 11, 2016 4:35 PM

    I’m sure the bbbwindows dude will be salivating over this 13 point offensive “explosion” but ask yourself… are you going to get the gifts of dumb penalties and goofs the Billies handed you this week, every week? And STILL have to squeak it out by less than a TD?

  9. joetoronto says: Sep 11, 2016 4:36 PM

    Tyrod Taylor doesn’t have it, he can run around and hit a big play now and then, but he can’t move his team consistently, especially when the chips are down.

    111 yards passing and 7 points isn’t going to win you many games.

  10. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 11, 2016 4:37 PM

    “The Bills helped out a lot with the stupidest penalties at the biggest moments of the game.”

    Ah, the signature of a Rex Ryan coached team.

  11. PetChimpanzee says: Sep 11, 2016 4:40 PM

    Ravens can’t count on opponents to consistently screw up clock management. Bills deserve better than Ryan.

  12. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 11, 2016 4:42 PM

    Somewhere, Stoogy is choking on it.

    #WhereWasWatkins?

  13. flash1287 says: Sep 11, 2016 5:16 PM

    2 teams going nowhere

  14. eddyjf says: Sep 11, 2016 5:22 PM

    Give Rex a break. He’s perhaps the greatest preseason coach of all time. He won the preseason with the Bills and two preseason Super Bowls with the Jets. The regular season is not important.

  15. vikinghooper says: Sep 11, 2016 6:01 PM

    Wallace’s problem was Tannehill and Bridgewater.

  16. stoogy says: Sep 11, 2016 6:22 PM

    The Bills run a high school offense ampatsisahypocrite. Watkins over the last 9 games last season was the 3rd leading receiver behind Jones and Brown. Where is Martavis Bryant fanboy?

  17. ampatsisahypocrite says: Sep 11, 2016 6:25 PM

    vikinghooper says:
    Sep 11, 2016 6:01 PM
    Wallace’s problem was Tannehill and Bridgewater.
    —————————————————–

    Wrong! He disappeared at the end of his Steeler career too. Wallace is basically a one-route wonder, and yeah, he’ll look good catching the bomb like he did today. Anything else though, not so much. His hands will also turn to stone at key times, like the HUGE pass he muffed in the playoff game against Denver a few years ago. Which Ravens fans will see as time goes on.

  18. corvuscrassirostris says: Sep 11, 2016 6:39 PM

    #whereismartavisbryant

  19. onebuffalove716 says: Sep 11, 2016 6:44 PM

    Only 15 more games to go til Ryan is fired.

  20. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Sep 11, 2016 7:14 PM

    Nice win against a good D. Rex is a blowhard but will fit nicely as d coordinator for another team (once the Bills fire him.)
    You could tell yhe Ravens offense hasn’t had much time together, they will be dangerous if they grow together and find some cohesion. Flacco still needs to heal as well but has some serious weapons (for only the second time in his 9 seasons. It’s all attainable for them if they grow and dtay healthy.

  21. controlaltdeletedeletedelete says: Sep 11, 2016 7:31 PM

    (phew!) “We told you so! Neener-neener-Nee-ner! Ha-ha-ha-HA-ha-ha!”

  22. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Sep 11, 2016 7:52 PM

    I’m glad the Ravens haters found some negative spin to put on the game while your mom changes your soiled underwear.

  23. ryann252013 says: Sep 11, 2016 8:16 PM

    Rex and Rob Ryan were busy making sound bites for their training camp show over actually getting ready for the season. Bunch of clowns, can’t wait for these guys to leave the game forever.

  24. flaccodelic says: Sep 12, 2016 10:57 AM

    I trust everyone saw that jump ball (aka perfect rainbow strike) that Flacco threw to Mike Wallace? If only Wallace wasn’t a soft one-trick pony maybe he cut have cut inside and then stiff-armed a defender on the way to the end zone.

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