Ebony Bird Round-Table: Midseason report cards for Baltimore Ravens
Halfway through the 2019 season, the Baltimore Ravens sit at 5-2 and first place in the AFC North. How does the Ebony Bird team grade out there performance?
The thing about the Baltimore Ravens 2019 season is that the result has been prettier than the process. On the surface, the Ravens are 5-2 and they look like the only AFC North team to have things together. In actuality, the season has been a struggle and the Ravens are just starting to get things going. Things got started with a 59-10 win against the Miami Dolphins. The Ravens then beat the Cardinals. Things were great at 2-0. The next three games offered some of the ugliest football. The Ravens lost to the Chiefs and got crushed 40-25 to the Browns. Then they beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh yet got one of the ugliest wins of all-time.
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The Ravens are now on a roll. They have won three games in a row and the win in Seattle proved that they could beat anyone, anywhere. A trade for Marcus Peters was the exact thing the defense needed (a pass rusher is the only missing piece). Lamar Jackson is an MVP candidate. The Ravens lead the league in rushing and have one of the most efficient offenses in football. There is a lot to be happy about. The good moments have been unbelievably good and there has been some bad mixed in.
What helps the Ravens grade is two things. First, the Ravens have managed to win games shorthanded. Winning the last two games without Marquise Brown was huge. The fact that the secondary got ravaged by injuries and the Ravens are through seven games with just two losses is incredible, Secondly, when things are rolling, Baltimore looks like a Super Bowl contender. The Ravens have the second-ranked offense in the NFL and Jackson is one of the biggest x-factors in every single game. The Ravens are right where they need to be, yet it’s been a very tough road to get there. The season has a chance to be special and the overall grade for the season could become much higher than this.