5. Is the "next man up" mentality the best thing to happen to Baltimore?
Short answer: no.
Long answer: no franchise wants to lose a thousand starters to injuries, but the truth is that there aren't many franchises as talented and ready to endure those problems like the freaking Baltimore Ravens.
The Flock simply thrives under this type of pressure, and they are proving it once more this season on a weekly basis.
The Ravens entered Week 4 having ruled out their best two wide receivers (Odell Beckham Jr. and Rashod Bateman), their best running back (J.K. Dobbins), their best offensive lineman (Ronnie Stanley), their best safety (Marcus Williams), and while playing they lost three more starters in Daryl Worley, Morgan Moses, and Jalyn Armour-Davis.
No need to mention Marlon Humphrey keeps herabbing while on the sidelines along with David Ojabo and Odafeh Oweh, three through-and-through starters in this team.
Even then, the Ravens keep racking up wins with gusto, and barring a fluky loss to the Colts in Week 3 (while already boasting a very depleted roster and falling by a measly field goal and an endless string of missed calls by the refs) these guys are 3-1 and could have easily started the season with an impeccable 4-0 record.
Not saying Baltimore doesn't need all of the talent they can get back as soon as possible, but the backups are simply putting on starter-level performances and we have nothing to complain about.
The minute all starters are back, though, this time is going to scare the living hell out of everybody in the NFL.