3 positive signs Ravens showed in win over the Colts
3. This defense knows what it’s doing:
The Ravens may have gotten a pass for a bad defensive performance against the Colts. There was no Marlon Humphrey in this one because he was out on the COVID list. L.J. Fort didn’t play and there were a handful of players who didn’t practice this week do to the COVID-19 protocols. If there was a game to get away with sloppy play or players missing assignments it was this game. When these kinds of circumstances hit the team, players deserve a lot of the credit.
The Ravens defense didn’t miss a beat. In fact they basically only gave up one really impressive drive by the Colts in the whole contest. It didn’t matter that Malik Harrison was filling in for Fort. It didn’t matter that their number one cornerback wasn’t on the field or that they had to ask more out of Terrell Bonds than they would have if the defense was fully stocked. Nothing stopped the defense from dominating this game.
The Ravens just have talent man. It’s that simple. Marcus Peters is insanely good and he showed that he has two ways of taking the ball away. He stripped a ball to get Chuck Clark‘s touchdown and he picked off a pass as well. Chuck Clark is a natural leader who makes sure players in the right spot. Patrick Queen is just a natural and Harrison looks very impressive for a rookie. The defense is just good.
Don Martindale deserves a ton of credit for much of the defensive success this season. He’s a good defensive coordinator and he calls a good game. However when practice is limited for so many players, and you’re a little shorthanded it comes down to the players just going out there and making plays in the moment. This could have been a great game for excuses. Instead the Ravens played their A game. That’s a very positive sight.