Baltimore Ravens: Win vs. Seattle should put the league on notice
The Baltimore Ravens beat the Seattle Seahawks on their home turf and the rest of the NFL should take notice of such an accomplishment.
NFL teams who mean business will have some wins that make statements about them. These wins will show off to the rest of the league that they’re not to be taken lightly. The message is always, “Hey. Here we are. Come play us.” That message was sent loud and clear by the Baltimore Ravens when they beat the Seattle Seahawks.
I promise that this is a message that will soon sound like a broken record, but right now these Baltimore Ravens are rolling hot and look like world-beaters.
It’s hard not to like how they’re winning games right now. Behind a ground-and-pound offensively mentality and turnover-free football, the offense is safely putting up 20+ points a game with the occasional big play or two. The offensive line has played well, and young guys like Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown are stepping up as receivers for Lamar Jackson to throw to.
Defensively, the front seven has cracked down on the run game well. The backend has needed work, but they just slowed down a dynamic Seahawks passing attack. The addition of Marcus Peters has already shown its benefits and it has us thinking that things could be turning around rather quickly.
The team is also littered with veteran leadership. Guys like Earl Thomas and even an injured Tony Jefferson speak loudly for the locker room, combined with savvy vets like Anthony Levine and Brandon Williams. At the same time, there’s lots of youth in guys like Marlon Humphrey who’ve stepped into leadership roles rather well.
The coaching has been solid, but there’s always room for improvement. So long as John Harbaugh remains Head Coach of the Baltimore Ravens there will always be guys who buy-in. The play-calling from coordinators Greg Roman and Don Martindale has improved with each passing week, as we see the clay of potential being formed into a good team.
Top to bottom, the 2019 Baltimore Ravens are out to prove people wrong. Forget about their 2-2 start to the year, because this team just went 3-0 in October and is red-hot heading into their bye week. Upon their return, they’ll face the New England Patriots, who reign supreme in the AFC. It’ll be a huge test for the Ravens and we feel confident about the team’s chances.
Until then, Baltimore has hung around with the best of the best and proven their worth. With the exception of a stinker vs. the Cleveland Browns the Ravens have looked like they can go step-for-step with any team you put them up against, regardless of confidence. The team has a different vibe to it than years past…
The Baltimore Ravens are for real, folks. This isn’t some ragtag group of players who can play well… No, this is a confident football team with the swagger and talent to punch you in the mouth and win games both pretty and ugly. This is a true AFC contender.