In a dominant display, the Baltimore Ravens clinched a decisive 37–3 triumph over the Seattle Seahawks, elevating their season record to 7–2 and leaving the Seahawks at 5–3. The match began with a defensive showcase from both sides, leading to a scoreless opening quarter.
Things would eventually change, but only for the Ravens as they went on to dump more than 35 points on Seattle while limiting the Seahawks to a meager field goal through the final three-quarters of play.
More than halfway thorugh the regular season, it's fair to say the Ravens boast the league's stingiest defense, allowing fewer points per game and accumulating more sacks than any other team in the NFL.
Kudos to Defensive Coordinator Mike Macdonald and his sublime scheme and knack for maximizing player potential, considering he's doing this without many starters because of injuries ravaging the Ravens lineup.
One of those backups-turned-superstar has been Geno Stone, who intercepted his league-leading sixth pass on Sunday off a Geno Smith pass attempt.
Stone emphasized (h/t Baltimore Beatdown) the team's relentless efforts on defense following the trouncing of the Seahawks, saying, "We're a team that gets upset even if you give up 10 yards on us. We're never satisfied. We want to be the best defense we can be."
In a simple sentence, Stone described the Ravens D as "We're a bunch of a**holes out there." Added a very polite Stone: "Excuse my French."
The Ravens' defense continued its dominance against the Seahawks, relentlessly putting QB Geno Smith under pressure, sacking him four times, and picking one of his pass attempts.
Seattle could only convert one of 12 third-down attempts against Baltimore, and Sunday's matchup marked the 30th consecutive outing in which the Ravens recorded at least one sack--a franchise record.
Patrick Queen highlighted the performance and the mood of the defense following another stout outing successfully defending The Bank: "We're all happy for each other. When one person eats, we all eat."
"We're all nice guys," Queen said, "but at the end of the day, we're... [a bunch of a**holes".
After Week 9, pending MNF, the Ravens rank second in total points allowed only trailing Cleveland, but they are allowing the fewest (by a mile) points per game at 13.8 compared to second-place Kansas City's 15.9 points per game surrendered to their opponents.