Baltimore Ravens: Why 2018 squad is a Super Bowl contender

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 9: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens runs out of the pocket with Anthony Hitchens #53 and teammate Justin Houston #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs in pursuit during the second quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 9: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens runs out of the pocket with Anthony Hitchens #53 and teammate Justin Houston #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs in pursuit during the second quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
4 of 6
Next
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 25: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates his touchdown after a fumble recovery against the Oakland Raiders with teammates during the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 25: Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs #55 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates his touchdown after a fumble recovery against the Oakland Raiders with teammates during the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The defense can be dominant:

Look, the way the defense has collapsed in times of crisis is undoubtedly alarming, but that doesn’t tell the whole story of the unit. Yes, the Ravens defense has come up short in big games, i.e. this past week vs. the Chiefs, but we must show them some faith. Even if this means calling them out and telling them to step it up.

light. Related Story. Baltimore Ravens: The defense has shown us nothing's changed

With that in mind, we all know how historically dominant the Baltimore Ravens defense is year-in and year-out. 2018 has given us perhaps the best unit we’ve seen since 2011. This year’s defense is in the top 10 in stats across the board among the entire league. Baltimore is limiting yards, getting pressure on quarterbacks, and giving their offense opportunities to score points.

We all know the story of the 2000 Baltimore Ravens defense, which carried the entire team to a Super Bowl XXXV victory, the first in team history. We’ve also seen numerous dominant defenses throughout franchise history. The defenses since 2011 have been a mixed bag of results, but things have been trending upwards within the last couple years. Now, it seems the pieces are almost completely in place for a run.

This defense is good, but not great. It’s definitely not good enough to carry the entire Ravens team to a Super Bowl berth, let alone win, but it doesn’t have to be. The fact of the matter is the 2018 Baltimore Ravens are a far more complete squad than given we realizer. Then again, there’s an old saying that goes “defense wins championships.” Luckily for Charm City, the 2018 edition of the Ravens has the defense to compete with anyone.