BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens played defense in a fashion Rex Ryan could surely appreciate -- even if the performance came at his team's expense.
That's how Baltimore played defense under Ryan from 1999-2008, and that's how it won the 2012 Super Bowl.
Ryan is now Buffalo's head coach, and it pained him to see his offense struggle against a defensive unit that last year yielded 401 points.
"It's a pretty darn good defense over there," Ryan said. "I'm probably one of the only coaches that'll give credit to the opponent because they deserve it. That defense played extremely well. They're well coached and they got after us."
That, plus field goals of 50 and 37 yards by Justin Tucker, was enough for Baltimore's first season-opening victory since 2012.
Taylor used his quickness to avoid a ferocious pass rush, but he had little success passing downfield. He was 15 of 22 for only 111 yards and ran five times for 11 yards.
"Getting Tyrod on the ground is pretty difficult," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "We would have had him a few more times, but he made plays with his feet."
Baltimore took a 10-0 lead when Wallace got behind Stephon Gilmore, took a pass in stride and pulled away for the 66-yard touchdown. Signed as a free agent to enhance an offense that last year lacked a deep threat, Wallace hadn't been part of a play that long since 2012 with Pittsburgh.
"We made one mistake: It's my fault, it's on me," Ryan said. "We should have doubled the receiver that caught the touchdown. Instead we doubled somebody else."
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