The Baltimore Ravens are sitting at 10-3, and they have a strong chance at the one-seed as they enter the playoffs. However, if you watched the Ravens' most recent win over the Los Angeles Rams, you know that this team still has some things to clean up.
The Baltimore Ravens defense needs to answer questions before the playoffs
One issue is that while their defense looks good on paper, they have largely been untested. When they do get pushed, they tend to struggle.
They got to play C.J. Stroud in week one before he got accustomed to his skill players, and while his offensive line was at its worst. They faced Joe Burrow when he was injured, but he was still up 24 points and had a drive-end with an interception in the red zone.
After that, they faced Gardner Minshew, Dorian Thompson-Robinson, and Kenny Pickett. Ryan Tannehill got hurt, leading them to see Malik Willis, and then they faced Jared Goff, Joshua Dobbs, and Geno Smith.
When Deshaun Watson was healthy, the Browns put up 33 points, and the defense let Watson lead a comeback on them. Joe Burrow got hurt against them, and while Justin Herbert could not score, he lacked skill players, and Keenan Allen was torching this defense.
Still, the Ravens' defense had a few huge stops against Herbert, which may have been a turning of the corner. That is until Matthew Stafford came into Baltimore and threw all over them.
Trevor Lawrence is banged up with a sore ankle, he does not have Christian Kirk, and his left tackle situation is in question. The Ravens need to treat him just like Justin Herbert and shut him down in the same manner. If he has a performance like Watson and Stafford, the Ravens will not just lose this game; they will have serious questions to answer with Miami and San Francisco on deck.