New England runs the ball well in a victory over the Ravens, 23-17
New England- The Patriots kept it simple and came out with a victory over the Ravens.
After defeating the New York Jets last week, the Patriots were riding a high going against the high octane offense of the Baltimore Ravens. On the Patriots' opening drive, they decided that they were going to ram the ball at the heart of the Ravens' defense. They ran the ball eight times and had something going, but a holding call halted the drive.
The Patriots finally got on the board with a seven yard touchdown catch by Rex Burkhead to tie the game up early in the second quarter, 7-7. The Patriots got creative with under two minutes left in the half and in the redzone to score potential points . Patriots' wide receiver Jakobi Meyers threw a touchdown strike to Burkhead to take the lead for the first time of the night. The Patriots missed the PAT to make it a 13-10 game going into the break.
The Patriots continued to run the ball down the throat of the Ravens at the start of the third quarter. It took New England four plays to go down the field and score a touchdown to extend their lead 20-10. The Patriots tacked on a field goal with seven minutes left in the quarter to extend their lead 23-10.
Before the end of the quarter, the Patriots allowed the Ravens to get back into the game, as Baltimore scored a touchdown to cut the Patriots' lead to a one possession game, 23-17.
The Patriots did just enough to control the game on the ground late in the fourth to get their second consecutive victory in a row.
Newton finished the game with 119 yards through the air, 1 touchdown, and 21 yards on the ground.
Damien Harris had 22 carries for 121 yards.