What’s new for the Baltimore Ravens after Week 14?
As we await an injury update on quarterback Tyler Huntley, who suffered a concussion in the third quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers game, there is some good news to celebrate.
Rookie Tyler Linderbaum finished with the Ravens’ offense’s highest PFF grade of the week at 91.3. It’s Linderbaum’s highest grade of the season and should be considered even more impressive given that the 2022 first-rounder was up against Steelers’ Cam Heyward for most of the game.
Whenever the Ravens’ run game gets going, the offensive line deserves recognition. Baltimore was greatly buoyed by the return of left tackle Ronnie Stanley, but it was the rookie center Linderbaum who arguably had the most productive performance and helped usher in huge rushing games from J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards.
On the defense, linebacker Patrick Queen got the Ravens’ top PFF grade against the Steelers (89.4).
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In his first game back from knee surgery, J.K. Dobbins led the Ravens’ rushing attack with 120 yards and a touchdown. Dobbins and Gus Edwards shared rotational duties and helped run down the clock at the end of the game to secure the 16-14 victory — seeing those two explode back onto the scene is a welcome sight after the Ravens’ sputtering performances on the ground in the last few games prior.
Dobbins wasn’t satisfied with his performance and told the media “it’s still not me all the way yet,” adding that he hopes “those 100-yard games will turn into 200-yard games.”
The Ravens’ secondary enjoyed a few big-play moments in Week 14, such as when Marcus Williams nabbed an interception in his first game off injured reserve.
The pass defense nonetheless struggled more than it should have, giving up huge chunk yardage plays and missing key tackles throughout the game. Cornerback Marlon Humphrey was singled out as one of the most underperforming Ravens’ defenders and Humphrey took to Twitter to apologize for his poor coverage.
Humphrey still led the team with six total tackles, and despite his inconsistent Week 14 outing, he shouldn’t be crucified for one bad game.