The Baltimore Ravens earned a crucial division win on Sunday night on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s time to hand out some game balls.
Break-up the Baltimore Ravens high-flying offense!
Joe Flacco has been playing at an extraordinarily high-level in 2018. The 11-year veteran has tossed for over 1,200-yards with eight touchdowns to just two interceptions. Clearly, Flacco is a man on a mission in 2018, and Sunday night was no exception for him. Against the Steelers, Flacco made life look easy while completing 66.7% of his passes for 363-yards and two touchdown passes. The entire day, Flacco looked comfortable and picked apart the Steelers secondary while completing passes to 11 different players.
The Ravens will go as far as their quarterback will take them in 2018, and this version of Joe Flacco can take Baltimore as far as imaginable.
Oh (Co)-Captain, my (Co)-Captain!
With the game on the line, Anthony Levine came up with an incredibly clutch interception which helped to seal the game away for a Baltimore victory. Levine has routinely been an unsung hero for the Ravens defense, and Sunday night was no exception. Levine’s clutch interception was joined by a six tackle performance, as well as a game that saw the 31-year old vet break-up three passes thrown his way.
Levine may not be a Pro Bowler, but he is certainly an integral part of this Ravens defense. Sunday night was yet another example of the kind of presence Levine brings to the field that fans severely underrate. A game ball is more than deserving for the unheralded hero of this defense.
You don’t go 2/2 on PATs and 4/4 on field goals and not earn yourself a game ball. This is exactly what Justin Tucker did Sunday night against the Steelers, and it’s a performance that we’ve come to expect by this point in his career.
Hopefully, Ravens fans will never take for granted to kind of incredible place kicker Tucker is. Au-TUCK-matic is as smooth as they come and is considered one of the best to ever do it for good reason. I don’t need to sit here and explain to you how good Tucker is, but I am here to make sure that it’s universally agreed upon that Tucker is deserving of a game ball.
Plenty of Ravens stood out on Sunday night with notable performances. Guys like John Brown and Brandon Carr had terrific games, but didn’t quite standout the way these other three men did. Baltimore now sits firmly at 3-1 on the season and in complete control of their destiny moving forward. With any luck, there should be plenty more game balls to be distributed throughout the season as the wins (hopefully) keep coming.