Ravens: Top 6 takeaways from Week 9 victory over the Vikings

Ravens, Lamar Jackson (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Ravens, Lamar Jackson (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
2 of 3
Ravens, Patrick Ricard
Ravens, Patrick Ricard (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images) /

Ravens’ fullback Patrick Ricard sparked the drive that ignited the comeback

Some say that fullbacks are a dying breed in the NFL; however, for the Baltimore Ravens, that could not be any further from the truth.

Patrick Ricard caught three passes in the second half’s opening drive for the team. But more importantly, he was on the receiving end of a Lamar Jackson touchdown on a fourth down that sent M&T Bank Stadium into a frenzy.

While Ricard’s hands were put to great use on Sunday, Baltimore’s actual wide receiver group also stepped up.

The wide receiver group did their part versus the Vikings

Marquise Brown had his third 100+ receiving yard day for the Ravens this season. In each contest so far in 2021 that he gains over 100 yards of receiving, Baltimore wins.

Moreover, 79 of his 116 yards receiving were acquired after the catch. Slowly but surely, he is becoming more effectively utilized in offensive coordinator Greg Roman’s offensive scheme.

In addition to Brown, Devin Duvernay also made an incredible one-handed touchdown catch late. Last but not least, the rookie wideout Rashod Bateman is gaining the attention and respect of opposing defenses.

In this play, Bateman’s presence garners the awareness of three Minnesota Vikings that allowed Devonta Freeman to score with ease.

Baltimore’s rushing attack was efficient and effective

Devonta Freeman was the Ravens’ second-leading rusher behind Lamar Jackson, with 79 rushing yards on the day. He averaged an optimal 6.1 yards per carry and allowed the team to sustain drives.

In addition to Freeman, Le’Veon Bell got in on the action as well as he was able to gain a rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

Above all, the rushing attack of Baltimore took advantage of one of the more susceptible run defenses in the NFL, and it showed in the final phases of the contest.