3 things we’ve learned about the Baltimore Ravens
3: The Ravens have room to grow:
The idea we talk about a lot is getting hot at the right time. That’s what the 2012 Ravens did. They took it up a notch in the postseason and propelled themselves to Super Bowl glory. The Ravens haven’t reached their peak performance and they have a healthy 3-1 record. Baltimore has done all of this without Jimmy Smith, who is a top-tier cornerback in the NFL. They have also done this without their first round pick, Hayden Hurst. Don’t forget their star in the making, defensive tackle, Willie Henry, is coming back soon.
The Ravens roster is about to get an upgrade with these players, but that’s not the only reason the Ravens can rev up their game. The rushing attack hasn’t taken off yet, which has been somewhat problematic for a prolific offense. If the Ravens knew going into a game that Alex Collins and Buck Allen were good for over 100 yards on the ground, with Flacco feeling it, they would also know that nobody would be stopping that. A more balanced offense would make the Ravens that much better. Flacco will be running the show one way or another, but help from Collins and Allen could go a long way.
Kenny Young has burst into the defensive lineup. He pairs perfectly with C.J. Mosley and the combination will only get better with experience. If Young is this good already, greatness is within his reach. If Young starts to make a Zach Orr like impact on the defense, the Ravens will have the scariest group of linebackers in football. You think this defense is good? Wait until you see Marlon Humphrey and Jimmy Smith working in tandem. Wait until you see Young and Mosley take it to the next level. Wait until the pass rush takes a step up. Then you will see that the Ravens are a team to be reckoned with.