The Baltimore Ravens (7-2) put on another dominant defensive performance in their 37-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks (5-3), limiting one of the best teams in the NFL to just 151 yards throughout four quarters and a mere three points and field goal.
The Ravens' defense held Seattle scoreless in the first quarter. Geno Stone, the backup safety, extended his NFL interception lead with his sixth pick of the year. The Ravens sacked Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith four times, intercepted him once, and limited him to 157 passing yards. On and on it goes.
The unit is playing so extraordinarily well, that even quarterback Lamar Jackson was caught on the sidelines watching the Ravens defense and saying he'd love to play defense if only for a game.
"I wanna play defense one game!" claimed Jackson. "Send me on the blitz!"
The joke was obvious, but Jackson sounded like he wouldn't mind playing Edge Rusher if only for a game and against whoever it is on the other side of the football. It won't happen if only for precautionary reasons and not to risk a silly, dumb, nonsensical injury, but...
But! Could the Ravens use Lamar on defense in practices? Will the Ravens give him the chance to play a few defensive reps on training drills just to see how he does? The defense is so great that, honestly, even if his contributions amount to nothing, perhaps nobody notices!
The Ravens D held Seattle to just one third-down conversion in 12 attempts last Sunday, setting a franchise record with their 30th straight game recording at least one sack.
Baltimore also leads the NFL in sacks and points allowed per game to their opponents. Don't you think genius Defensive Coordinator Mike Macdonald's strategic schemes could work even with Lamar in?
It's a shame we won't have the chance to watch Lamar playing defense, but considering how versatile and skilled he is leading an offense, one has to wonder if he has in him some defensive chops to go with all of that. Who knows!?
The Ravens face upcoming challenges against Cleveland and Cincinnati before a Week 12 matchup with the LA Chargers. Imagine if Jackson goes on and sacks Joe Burrow or Deshawn Watson. We can only dream about it but I'd love to watch it happen.