By Demetrius Dillard
Special to the AFRO
The Baltimore Ravens couldn’t have culminated the preseason any better.
After demolishing the Washington Football Team 37-3 at FedEx Field on Aug. 28, the Ravens will be etched in the NFL history books as they won a league-record 20th consecutive preseason game.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson made his debut for the 2021 preseason, leading Baltimore on an 11-play, 65-yard drive before resting for the remainder of the game. Backup quarterback Tyler Huntley was the story of the day, practically solidifying his role as the No. 2 option behind Jackson.
The second-year player dominated, accounting for five touchdowns. Huntley was 24-of-33 passing for 285 yards and four touchdowns, and totaled 14 yards rushing for another touchdown.
“It feels good to end on a good note and get ready for the regular season. It feels like it gave us good momentum to get us ready for the Raiders on Monday Night [Football],” Huntley said.
“Our main goal is to keep stacking each week and getting better. I feel like I did a good job getting better.”
Rookie Binjimen Victor led all receivers with five receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown.
WFT’s backups and reserves could not generate much offense as it was outplayed by the visiting Ravens in every aspect – from rushing, to passing, to third-down efficiency, to defense and more. For the second straight week Baltimore prevented its opponent from scoring a touchdown, concluding the preseason in domineering fashion.
“I just think it’s really cool for the guys. I’ll tell you this, there’s a lot of guys watching on TV with their kids, telling their kids about that accomplishment and the fact that they were a part of that,” said Head Coach John Harbaugh, who has coached the Ravens for five straight undefeated preseasons.
“That’s the most meaningful thing. I think there are other aspects of it, but to me, that’s the thing that means the most.”
In preseason victories over the Saints, Panthers and Washington, Baltimore gave teams a glimpse of what to expect and looks to carry the momentum into Week 1 of the regular season.
Baltimore’s first opponent will be the Las Vegas Raiders for Monday Night Football action on Sept. 13 at 8:15 p.m.
In other news, Ravens second-year running back J.K. Dobbins reportedly suffered a torn ACL that may be season-ending. He originally injured his knee on Baltimore’s opening drive against Washington and did not return for the rest of the game and won’t return for the rest of the season.
The Ravens will finalize their 53-man roster by Aug. 31.
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