Detroit Lions blown out by Baltimore Ravens, game recap, 38-6: Highlights

By The News Brick Oct 22, 2023

The Detroit Lions enter Week 7 atop the NFC North with a 5-1 record and riding a four-game winning streak after last week’s stifling win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Detroit has another road test against a division leader this week, this time against the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are 4-2 after beating the Tennessee Titans in London last week.

The game kicks off at 1 p.m. from Baltimore. It will be televised on Fox and livestreamed on Fubo. The Ravens are three-point home favorites.

Lions vs. Ravens updates, highlights
Final: Ravens blow out Lions 38-6
The Detroit Lions were bullied from start to finish in its 38-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens jumped out to a 28-point lead in the first half and coasted for the victory. Lamar Jackson tore up the Detroit defense, finishing 21-for-27 for 355 yards, three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown.

It was an equally dominant performance from the Baltimore defense, who held Detroit scoreless for the first three quarters. The Lions managed to gain just 337 yards of offense compared to Baltimore’s 503. Jared Goff had his worst game of the season, going 33-for-53 for 284 yards and one interception. Gibbs finished with 66 yards and his first career rushing touchdown on 10 carries as the featured back.

Detroit falls to 5-2 with the loss. They return home next week to host the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football.

9:30, fourth quarter: Justin Tucker adds field goal, Ravens lead 38-6
The Ravens’ good day on offense continued. Baltimore methodically ran the ball into Detroit territory again, but a holding penalty wiped out a chance at another touchdown. Justin Tucker hit a short 32-yard kick to extend the lead back to 32 points.

13:59, fourth quarter: Jahmyr Gibbs scores first career rushing touchdown, Ravens lead 35-6
The Lions made sure it wouldn’t be a shutout.

On the first possession of the fourth quarter, the Lions went 77 yards in eight plays to reach the end zone for the first time. Rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs took a pitch to the left around the edge and followed his blockers for an untouched 21-yard touchdown run. It was the first career touchdown for Detroit’s 2023 first-round pick. The Lions failed on the two-point attempt.

4:54, third quarter: Jared Goff intercepted on deep shot
It just is not the Lions day. On fourth down near midfield, Jared Goff unleashed a deep throw while under pressure but it was nowhere near the intended target, Jameson Williams. Ravens safety camped under the pass like a punt for the easy interception in his own end zone.

Lions reserve running back Mohamed Ibrahim, who was elevated from the practice squad this week, suffered a hip injury and was carted off the field.

7:25, third quarter: Mark Andrews hauls in 2nd TD, Ravens lead 35-0
The Lions started the second half with the ball looking to dig itself out of the massive hole created in the first half. Detroit moved the ball down the field thanks to a few nice throws from Jared Goff but had to face a fourth down inside the Baltimore red zone. Goff couldn’t connect with Josh Reynolds for the turnover on downs.

The Ravens offense picked up right where they left off. Lamar Jackson found his running back Gus Edwards on a dump off and he took it 80 yards to the shadow of the Lions goal line. Two plays later, Jackson hit Mark Andrews on a play-action pass in the back of the end zone to extend the lead.

Halftime: Ravens blank Lions, hold 28-0 lead
The Detroit Lions will want to forget everything about that first half.

The Baltimore Ravens built a 28-0 lead in the first 30 minutes after dominating both sides of the ball. Baltimore outgained Detroit 355-97 and scored touchdowns on their first four possessions of the game. Lamar Jackson is playing at his MVP level, going 17-for-21 for 255 passing yards, 26 rushing yards and three total touchdowns against a Detroit defense that only allowed 18.8 points per game coming into the week.

It has been an equally dominant performance from the Baltimore defense. The Lions did not pick up a first down until halfway through the second quarter and were stifled by the defensive line. The constant pressure on Jared Goff stymied any chance of scoring and prevented from Detroit’s gassed defense from getting any rest.

This is the 11th time in franchise history the Lions have trailed by 28 or more at halftime, and the first time since 2020.

7:45, second quarter: Gus Edwards adds goal line TD, Ravens lead 28-0
If you had something planned for after the Lions game, it might be a good time to get a jump on that now.

The Ravens forced another three-and-out and marched down the field immediately to make it a 28-0 first half lead. Detroit’s offense can’t get anything going against Baltimore’s defensive line and has only managed 13 yards to this point.

The gassed defense could not get a stop yet again, as the Ravens easily marched down the field yet again. This time, it was a dizzying mix of runs and play-action passes, finished off with a goal line run from Gus Edwards for the four-touchdown lead.

12:54, second quarter: Lamar Jackson hits Mark Andrews for TD, Ravens lead 21-0
The wheels are coming off for the Lions in the first half.

After another three-and-out, the battered Detroit defense took the field and were gashed by Jackson and the Baltimore offense again. The former MVP is up to 207 yards and three total touchdowns with an 82% completion percentage on three drives.

He dropped a few dimes to Zay Flowers and Odell Beckham Jr. to move the offense into Detroit territory again. Baltimore finished the drive with a play-action bootleg that resembled Jackson’s rushing touchdown, but he flipped it to his tight end Mark Andrews this time instead who dove for the pylon to score.

3:11, first quarter: Lamar Jackson finds Nelson Agholor for TD, Ravens lead 14-0
It has been all Ravens in the first quarter.

The Lions had to punt immediately on their first offensive drive. Baltimore’s offense continued to execute at a high level with chunk plays through the air and scrambles from Jackson to pick up pivotal first downs.

Baltimore found the end zone thanks to a magical play extension from Jackson, who spun away from pressure up the middle and faded right to hit a wide open Agholor for the touchdown. Detroit’s defense hasn’t been able to stop anything from Jackson so far.

10:37, first quarter: Lamar Jackson scrambles for TD on fourth down, Ravens lead 7-0
The Ravens started with the ball and struck first. Lamar Jackson got things going by finding his rookie wide receiver Zay Flowers for a 46-yard pass to put Baltimore deep in Lions’ territory. A few plays later, Jackson kept the ball on a bootleg on fourth-and-one, and walked untouched into the end zone for the early lead.

Pregame notes
It is windy in Baltimore. There are sustained 20 mph winds and gusts up to 35 mph which will have an impact on passing and kicking.

It is the first matchup between the Lions and Ravens since 2021 when Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker set an NFL record with a 66-yard game-winning kick. It was one of many painful losses that came during Dan Campbell’s first year in charge and one that’s still remembered in the Detroit locker room.

The loss ultimately helped the Lions secure the No. 2 pick in the 2022 draft, which turned into pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson. He has been one of the key cogs to the defense which only allows 18.8 points per game this season. The front seven will be responsible for slowing down former MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore rushing attack.

When the Lions’ offense takes the field against the Ravens’ defense, it will be a battle of top-five units in the NFL. Detroit’s offense has operated at an elite level, averaging 28 points per game, thanks to its consistent ability to run the ball and Jared Goff’s MVP-level play at quarterback. Goff, the reigning NFC offensive player of the week, will have his toughest test against Baltimore, who allows a fourth-best 15.2 points per game and just 163.2 passing yards per game.

Detroit will be without two key pieces on offense, left guard Jonah Jackson (ankle) and running back David Montgomery (ribs), and cornerback Jerry Jacobs (knee) on defense. The good news for the Lions is two of their promising rookies, running back Jahmyr Gibbs and defensive back Brian Branch, are returning after multi-week injuries to help fill the absences. Defensive lineman Josh Paschal is also returning from injured reserve.

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