The Baltimore Ravens continue to find a way. In every game, this team seems to have one or two glaring weaknesses that the rest of the roster manages to overcome in unprecedented fashion.
This week, that weakness was Lamar Jackson. The same player who had been helping them overcome their other deficiencies all season long.
But on Sunday, Jackson simply wasn’t himself.
The former MVP tossed four interceptions including a stretch late in the first half where he threw three picks on just five pass attempts. Jackson was a mess on Sunday, but it didn’t matter.
The Ravens lifted up their quarterback just as he had done to them on numerous occasions this season.
They found a way. They continue to find a way. And that’s the sign of a good football team.
The Ravens’ defense excelled while Lamar Jackson struggled
The Ravens’ defense has been a mixed bag this season, to say the least. They’ve had games where they’ve allowed 41 points to the Cincinnati Bengals and others when they’ve held the Los Angeles Chargers to single digits.
Jackson has bailed them out on more than one occasion this year. But on Sunday, they did their absolute best to bail him out.
Despite coming away with four interceptions, the Cleveland Browns managed to score just three points off those turnovers. And those points came when they were already set up at midfield.
The Browns offense was abysmal on Sunday and much of the credit must go to Wink Martindale and the players for their efforts.
Odafe Oweh continued his push toward Defensive Rookie of the Year. Tyus Bowser was a menace for the second consecutive week. Patrick Queen made a number of splash plays. And Marlon Humphrey, who was unusually tested often, more than held his own.
Most importantly, they managed to contain a dominant Browns rushing attack holding Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to a combined 36 yards on 15 carries.
On a day in which Lamar Jackson had perhaps the worst performance of his football career, the Ravens still found a way to win.
That’s just what they do. The Ravens have mastered the art of winning ugly.