Arizona Cardinals 17-23 Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson Leads Ravens To Victory In Home Opener
Lamar Jackson guided the Ravens to victory against the Cardinals (Photo: Todd Olszewski)

Lamar Jackson had a career-high afternoon for rushing yards as the Baltimore Ravens continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 23-17 win over the Arizona Cardinals in their home opener. 

The Ravens were up-and-running after an impressive opening drive when Jackson threw to Mark Andrews, who caught the pass for a 27-yard touchdown reception. 

Baltimore extended their lead further when tight-end Hayden Hurst caught a one-yard touchdown reception, which opened up an 11-point lead for the home side. 

David Johnson’s rushing touchdown, followed by KeeSean Johnson’s two-point conversion, made it a three-point game at the start of the fourth quarter. 

Justin Tucker’s 51-yard field goal made it a six-point game and the Ravens were able to see out the rest of the game to move to 2-0 on the season. Jackson finished the game with 120 rushing yards, 100 more than the entire Cardinals team.

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Andrews Gets Ball Rolling Against Cardinals

John Harbaugh’s side made a big statement of intent in Week 1 after they demolished the Miami Dolphins. Former Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs was making his return to Baltimore after moving to the Cardinals in the off-season.

The Ravens and the Cardinals were facing for the first time since 2005 and it was the former, who took an early lead in the game at M&T Bank Stadium

Baltimore got things rolling with a seven-play, 94-yard drive down the field, which was rounded off when Jackson threw to the wide-open Andrews, who broke into the end zone. 

Zane Gonzalez kicked a 22-yard chip shot to get the Cardinals on the board, after the Ravens defense stood strong in the red zone. 

Tucker was good from 33-yards to record his first field goal of the game before the Baltimore defense held the Cardinals in the red zone again, midway through the second quarter. 

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Jackson to Hurst For Touchdown

Gonzalez kicked a 21-yard field goal this time, but it was the Ravens, who would have the final say of the first-half when they produced another big drive down the field.

The 85-yard drive was completed when Jackson faked the hand-off and threw a bullet pass to tight-end Hurst in the end zone, from a yard out. 

Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray connected with veteran receiver Larry Fitzerald for a 40-yard gain, but, like the last two times they were down in the red zone, they failed to convert. 

Gonzalez was good, again, from 21-yards, while Tucker kicked his second field goal of the game. He was good from 28-yards and the Ravens opened up another 11-point lead.

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Cardinals Respond Through David Johnson

The Cardinals threatened to produce a fourth quarter comeback, for the second successive week, when D.Johnson rushed into the end zone from one-yard out. 

Arizona were then successful on the two-point conversion when Murray, with pressure coming, threw a dart down the middle to K.Johnson. 

Tucker was good with a 51-yard field goal attempt to extend Baltimore’s lead to six-points and the defense made a huge stop to force the Murray and the Cardinals to a three-and-out on their next drive. 

With just 2:57 left in the game, Jackson, on third down and 11, connected with Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown for a 41-yard reception to pick up a first down and seal the victory.

Tight-end Andrews had a career-high afternoon for receiving yards (112) and is on course to have a terrific season with the ravens.

As for the Cardinals, Murray went 25-for-40 for 349-yards, while both Christian Kirk and Fitzgerald has 100+ receiving yards in the game. 

The Ravens are on the road in Week 3 when they travel to take on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Arizona have a home game against the struggling Carolina Panthers, who lost to divisional rivals, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on Thursday night.