Ravens down Browns 31-15: Questions, Comments and Concerns
The Ravens are the most complete team in the league.
If the Ravens aren’t beating you on offense—which is rare—they will beat you with defense. This takes more than the effort of one player.
Mark Ingram has been fantastic this season, his 1,018 yards say so. But if it’s not Ingram, it’ll be Gus Edwards. They can do it with speed and they can do it with power. Either way, you can’t stop them. Let’s not forget about Justice Hill.
Speaking of Hill, check out Hayden Hurst’s blocking on one of the touchdown runs last week. Hurst is just one of three tight ends that have been crucial to this offense’s success. Although he may not light up the stat sheet, Nick Boyle has proven that he’s worth every penny. And Mark Andrews has cemented himself as a top-five tight end.
I really could go on all day with this. Pat Ricard, Marshal Yanda, Ronnie Stanley, Orlando Brown. They’ve all been great and that’s just offense.
This defense is unidentifiable in comparison to the defense that allowed 1,000+ yards in two weeks. Some great mid-season additions, and robbing the Rams for Marcus Peters, has revamped the team and kick started this historic run.
Pair this with great coaching and a fantastic front office and you have a team that looks unstoppable.
The 2019 Ravens have ruined the football watching experience.
Between Lamar inventing ways to break at least one set of ankles a game, breaking records and consistently winning, the rest of the NFL seems boring.
It’s rare for a team that isn’t the Patriots to be this good over the length of the season, and its especially unusual for the Ravens.
They aren’t just beating teams, they’re demoralizing them. The Ravens have the highest point differential in the NFL at +231 and it’s not even close. They also have a 50 point lead in points scored.
You see teams like the 49ers, the Saints, the Patriots and the Seahawks struggle in, or lose, games they shouldn’t. Other than the anomaly that was the Week four Browns match up, the Ravens have avoided that all season. They righted their wrongs on Sunday, however, and now the Chiefs are the only team on their schedule that the Ravens haven’t beaten at least once.
Truthfully, I don’t have any real concerns right now. I am as confident as I’ve ever been.
We have a rest week for the starters coming up, and a second bye week to get healthy before the playoffs start. But we did have a string of plays where Ingram left the game with a calf injury, and then Jackson and Andrews both got up limping. Luckily, Jackson and Andrews remained in the game and Ingram’s prognosis looks good.
I won’t say too much more about injuries because, as we know, jinxes are real, but the Ravens have been extremely fortunate all season. Let’s hope these two weeks off can preserve that.
Whoever comes to The Bank.
I wouldn’t say I’m concerned for whatever team draws the short stick and has to come to Baltimore. I’m mortified for them.
I’m not sure if a team has ever had so much confidence and determination as the Ravens do right now. They are beyond galvanized.