The 2017 season could not have started any better for the Baltimore Ravens. A suffocating defense and efficient, ball-control offense led the Ravens to a 20-0 win at Cincinnati, their first shutout victory since a 16-0 win at Cleveland in 2009.
Here are five early impressions of the Ravens season-opening win:
1. This is the defense the Ravens envisioned.
Much has been written about the Ravens and their revamped secondary, but the fact is this defense is stout from front to back, and the Bengals learned that the hard way.