In Baltimore, there is quiet confidence in what the organization is accomplishing this season.
BALTIMORE – What was the most surprising thing about Sunday? The way the Baltimore Ravens they crushed Los Angeles Chargers, or the way they reacted afterwards?
The resounding victory of Baltimore by 34-6 on Chargers divisional leaders improved their record to 5-1, the best in all AFC. But the Ravens They couldn’t have handled a lower profile after the loudest victory of Week 6 at the NFL.
The quarterback Lamar jackson He looked more demure than ever after a win this season, and he was not interested in discussing whether this win declared the Ravens as the best of the conference.
“We don’t want that nickname,” he said Jackson. “We are fine with where we are. We don’t need all the extra stuff that comes with it. We are fine.
“Do you know what people have said about us? We keep the same perspective, because we know what happens here in this organization.”
Throughout most of the campaign, Jackson He has enjoyed seeing the Ravens flying under the national radar. Few anticipated the Ravens surpassing the Kansas city chiefs on the AFC, or even surpassing the Cleveland browns on the AFC North.
Baltimore it has carried the label of being the hardest hit team, leading the league with 16 players on injured reserve. The Ravens have been without their two best runners (JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards) as well as without a corner Pro bowl, (Marcus peters) or offensive tackle by Pro bowl (Ronnie Stanley).
In what is turning out to be one of the best seasons directing for John harbaugh, the Ravens bounced back from a campaign start defeat to visit Las vegas raiders to win five in a row. Players spoke of being battle-tested after huge fourth-quarter comebacks against the Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts, and a record 66-yard field goal in the final second of Justin tucker to triumph visiting the Detroit Lions.
On Sunday, Chargers they came to Baltimore on top of the AFC West after winning three in a row. The Ravens then they beat The Angels by 28 points, the largest margin of victory over a team that came in with a winning percentage of at least .800, in franchise history.
When asked if he thought the scoreboard was going to surprise some, Harbaugh He said, “Yes, probably. Okay, by me. We like to surprise. We are very happy with it.”
The victory of the Ravens Over the Chargers was even more impressive considering that Jackson had his least productive meeting of the season. He threw for 167 yards – the lowest total of the year – and was intercepted twice.
Baltimore showed you can win without the heroism of Jackson with the return of a solid running attack and aggressive defense. The Ravens rushed for 187 yards off the worst running defense in the NFL, and contained Justin herbert just 195 yards per pass.
In the dressing room at the end of the match, Harbaugh He was measured with his players, saying, “Keep it simple. Keep improving.”
“I don’t think it means anything in the long term,” he said. Harbaugh when asked the meaning of the match. “It just says we had a really good day today, and we played the way we needed to play this game.”
History points out that the solid start of Baltimore it can have long-term repercussions. The Ravens they improved to 5-1 for the second consecutive season and fourth in franchise history. The other two seasons with a 5-1 start? They occurred in 2000 and 2012, when the Ravens they ended up conquering the Super bowl.
“We’ve come a long way, and we feel like that’s the scary part about this team,” revealed the runner. Devonta freeman. “We continue to reach very extreme altitudes that this team has not yet reached.
“We have a lot of guys that come and work every day. We know there is room for improvement, so we are going to do it every day. We are going to put this behind us and focus on Cincinnati“.
The Ravens face the Bengals (4-2) on Sunday in a battle of the two best teams in the AFC North. Baltimore It can show that it is not only the best team in the division, but also the most complete.
On the offensive Jackson can defeat teams by running the ball or throwing it, connecting with Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Mark Andrews and now with the first round recruit Rashod Bateman, who had his debut as NFL after missing the first five games with a groin injury. On the defensive, Baltimore he has been successful in shutting down the best players from his opponents.
The Ravens They are one of four teams that are ranked in the Top-10 in points scored and fewer points allowed.
“We have a great team, offensively and defensively,” declared the safety. DeShon Elliott. “When we play together, when we play as a band of brothers, we can be a very good team.”