Take-home points from Ravens win over Bengals
By Darin McCann
Some final take home points
• I watched Stanley quite a bit on Sunday, and he is so in control on his pass-block sets. His balance always looks good, and he mirrors the pass-rusher so smoothly. He has become a truly special left tackle, and the Ravens need to lock him up, sooner than later.
• I also focused a bit on Brandon Williams throughout the game, and he is also a force to be reckoned with on the line of scrimmage. His contribution is rarely illustrated in the box score, but he moves people around, and that’s huge in run defense. Williams is the centerpiece of all the action for the Ravens front seven.
• This was a good win, that could have been more definitive in the final score without penalties, an opening kickoff return by the Bengals and some failed red zone visits. Those who say the Ravens are going to get demolished by the good teams in their upcoming schedule are not seeing the forest for the trees. These errors by the Ravens are fixable — they are not because of a lack of talent, particularly on offense. Get it cleaned up and the Ravens are formidable.
• Lamar Jackson is special. His talent, work and attitude are all elite. If I’ve ever rooted for a young player to put it all together, it is him.