The Baltimore Ravens won nine games last season, so it wasn’t all that bad. We’ve talked about what needs to change. Here is what needs to stay the same:
If you looked at the 2017 Ravens resume, you would see that they missed the playoffs for the third straight time. They had an unforgivable loss at home against the Chicago Bears. Baltimore was swept by the Pittsburgh Steelers; surrendering a fourth quarter lead in a 39-38 loss was a painful way for the Ravens to lose. Then the Ravens got beaten in a win and you’re in game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 4th & 12 play was a disastrous moment in Ravens history. It is very easy to look at this past season with frustration and contempt.
That being said the Ravens had a winning record, recorded three shutouts and gave themselves fate of their own destiny in the final week of the season. It wasn’t all bad, it just felt that way because the ultimate goal of a playoff seed, wasn’t earned. The Ravens had a lot to be cheery about from last season. Alex Collins popped on the scene as a potential star. Matt Judon had a masterful second season, hinting that he was going to be the next Terrell Suggs. Suggs had 11 sacks, which is not bad for a 35-year-old.
There were some parts of last season the Ravens should build on. This way the failure of missing the playoffs doesn’t have to be for nothing. It can act as another building block towards the Ravens return to prominence. Here are three things the Ravens shouldn’t be ashamed of from the previous season: