The 2019 season was a magical one for the Baltimore Ravens regardless of how it ended. The team could walk away with quite a few NFL awards because of it.
It may have ended in heartbreak, but the 2019 season was one for the record books for the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens set a league record for team rushing yards in a single-season and the only team to average 200-yards rushing and passing per game. The team also set numerous franchise records including points scored.
To counter Baltimore’s prolific offense was a defense that was sound and tough. They had leads to play with and never bowed to anyone. It was a championship-caliber team, which is why the way the season ended was so devastating.
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But we aren’t here to discuss how the season ended. Rather, we’re here to talk about how the Baltimore Ravens top players and employees could sweep some awards at the 2019 NFL Honors.
Baltimore has had quite a few performances worthy of notice, including a franchise-best 13 Pro Bowl selections. But beyond this there are some individual seasons worthy of higher praise, none more so than Lamar Jackson.
Jackson set the NFL ablaze in 2019, setting an NFL record for rushing yards in a single-season (1,206-yards) and becoming the first player to pass for 3,000-yards and rush for 1,000-yards in a single-season. Jackson also led the league in passing touchdowns (36) and total touchdowns (43) in 15 games. Don’t forget, Jackson sat out a lot of games because the Ravens were so far ahead on the scoreboard to their opponents. Remarkable, or rather Lamar-kable.
Lamar Jackson’s season is worthy of being crowned the league’s MVP. There may be a few guys who can be argued for, but it’s Jackson’s award to lose. Jackson could win the Offensive Player of the Year award based on the video game numbers he produced.
Defensively, the Ravens had some stellar seasons from their two cornerbacks, Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters. Each has a legitimate case for Defensive Player of the Year, but neither is likely to win it. The two combined for five defensive touchdowns and were two of the five best corners in 2019. You simply couldn’t throw their direction without paying the price.
The players aren’t the only ones deserving of praise, however, as John Harbaugh and Eric DeCosta deserve recognition for their efforts in 2019. Harbaugh coached the Ravens to a 14-2 record that saw the team end the year on a 12-game winning streak. DeCosta’s first full season as the team’s general manager was masterful, as he put together a stellar team and made moves during the season to keep Baltimore in peak condition. The two were a dynamic duo that made the Baltimore Ravens the league’s best team in 2019.
All in all, this edition of the Baltimore Ravens was phenomenal. The team was brilliant throughout the course of the season and many individuals should, and will, be recognized for their excellence. The Baltimore Ravens are going to be busy during the 2019 NFL Honors, accepting numerous accolades that they’re 100% deserving of.