8. New playmakers emerging in all positions no matter the opposition
What about veteran slot corner and former Steelers defender Arthur Maulet? Perhaps you knew this man for that more than for anything he's done while clad in Baltimore threads. Well, it's time to update your database.
Maulet completed eight tackles, the most in the Ravens defense on Sunday. He sacked Goff once. He logged a quarterback hit. He had a tackle for a loss. He was good in man and zone coverage. He did freaking everything. Can you ask this man, who is another backup most weeks, for more? Don't think so!
And what about Justin Madubuike? Yes, it's now been a few games for him playing to unreasonably good levels, but he did it once more in Week 7 putting on a show against the Lions at The Bank.
The rusher did it from inside the line getting to Goff and sacking him once while disrupting offensive plays on a snap-by-snap basis. Fellow big boy Michael Pierce stopped a couple of runs timely, veterans and youngsters stepping up to the plate did everything in the linebacker line, and the defense overall was hella menacing.
In a few words and numbers: the Ravens held the Lions to six points (one rushing touchdown) and to 337 yards and limited Detroit to a putrid 97 first-half yards from scrimmage. Three first drives, three three-and-out sequences. Talk about a defense!