Why the Baltimore Ravens bandwagon is filling up

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 8: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens throws a pass before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on December 8, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 8: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens throws a pass before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on December 8, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens are winning and the bandwagon is filling up:

If you haven’t been living under a rock this year; then you should know how impressive this 2019 Baltimore Ravens team truly is. Fans are witnessing a well oiled machine that consists of great team play on every level. Not only is this team led by the obvious MVP front runner, but they also have top 10 defensive and special teams units to fall back on.

That gives Lamar Jackson some leeway to have his occasional off game knowing Justin Tucker is in his corner and that his defense won’t go down without a fight. Every week there seems to be more people jumping on the bandwagon for this remarkable team, and why wouldn’t they? These Ravens aren’t just chasing a Super Bowl… they are chasing history.

Lamar Jackson has been a walking highlight thus far this season. His flashy plays, however, do not speak the whole story on the kind of season he’s been having. With his 40 yards rushing against Buffalo, Jackson is now the second quarterback in NFL history to surpass 1,000 rushing yards in a season; but he’s not done yet. Jackson is also now the only quarterback to throw for at least three touchdowns and rush for at least 30 yards in five different games in a season.

These individual landmarks are cool, but Lamar’s team first mindset has him focused on much greater goals. As a result, this Baltimore Ravens team has set the franchise single-season record for points. They have three regular season games left to play! These Ravens are favorites to go to the Super Bowl for a reason, and people everywhere are starting to want to get in on the action.

Death, taxes, and Lamar Jackson breaking ankles. Those seem to be the three inevitable things in this world. Jackson took another victim early in Buffalo when he shook a defender out of his cleats onto all fours. Defenders, as of late, have seemingly been keying in on hitting Jackson low and often. His apparent thigh injury came in the midst of Hayden Hurst‘s longest career reception. It was a 61 yard touchdown which proved to be a difference maker in a closer game than Baltimore would have liked.

This incredible Baltimore Ravens’ run has no doubt been fueled by Jackson’s naysayers. Regardless as to what is said about him or this team, they always come out on the field with a chip on their shoulder. When people said Jackson couldn’t throw, he put up two perfect passer ratings in a season. When people said his style of play isn’t sustainable, he won nine games in a row, and counting.

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The bottom line is Jackson hears what people have been saying, and he doesn’t care. From the day he was drafted last in the first round, a monster was born and unleashed into the NFL. Luckily, the Ravens believed in him and we get to see his career unfold in the purple and black.

In his press conference, Jackson, when asked about what play he was injured on, responded by saying it was on a play where he was passing. That little jab at those who said his running style can’t be sustained is another reason why so many people love Jackson and these Ravens.

He is such a great player on the field, but his composure and maturity is just another part of why he has become so popular. Whether he is asking coach Harbaugh to go for it, wearing shades, or eating a banana on the sideline; Jackson has brought a kind of energy at the quarterback position that Baltimore has never had before.

There is so much to be said and so many people to acknowledge for the success this team has been having. Baltimore truly checks all the boxes for a premier football team when it comes down to it. They have a great owner in Steve Bisciotti, a great GM and coach in Eric DeCosta and John Harbaugh, a great defense, and now an MVP quarterback.

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The 2019 Baltimore Ravens are without a doubt the team to beat right now, however Baltimore seems to be competing on another level than the competition. These Ravens are chasing history, and we are all here to witness it.