3. Mike Macdonald inventing defensive looks nobody came up with before
This might end up being a bittersweet development, but the truth is that Mike Macdonald has been so magnificent for the Ravens that it is not crazy to think he will receive some offers to take over the head coach position elsewhere next season.
Good for Baltimore, however, he's under contract for the full 2023 campaign and that means that he will win the Super Bowl with the rest of the Flock. Hurray!
Mad Mike presented himself and the Ravens defense as the second-best in sacks (24) going against the Lions, who had only allowed 10 sacks in the first six games of the season. Well, the Ravens sacked QB Jared Goff five times on Sunday alone.
Not only did they do that, but Baltimore racked up pressures, tackles, and even a strip-sack by the returning Odafe Oweh at some point. Simply put, and as ridiculous as it sounds considering the context of what happened in Week 7, you can make an argument about the defense being the best unit on the field on Sunday.
"Mike reiterated all the time throughout the week that if you startle Goff early, he starts to get panicky,” Ravens DE Justin Madubuike said after the game. “That’s exactly what happened.”