Thoughts on the 8 – 2 Baltimore Ravens

November 18, 2019 | Dennis Koulatsos

Thoughts on the 8 – 2 Baltimore Ravens

  • Lamar Jackson is good. I mean really good. In fact, he’s so good, I’m running out of superlatives.
  • It took all of 2 series of downs to realize that Lamar Jackson looks to be a better quarterback than Deshaun Watson. He’s much more athletic, twitchy and decisive.
  • I think that when Louisville played Clemson in 2016, had the teams swapped quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson would have been the overall #1 draft pick. Clemson had much more talent around Watson than Louisville had around Jackson.
  • The Ravens offensive line is no longer receiving low key recognition. They are a position group that’s among the best in the NFL.
  • Ravens should be ranked #1 overall in everyone’s league wide power rankings this week – they’ve earned that distinction.
  • Seeing Jackson with Watson’s #4 jersey draped over his shoulder reminded me of a pelt. With that in mind, this year – in addition to Watson’s pelt – Jackon also has Tom Brady’s and Russell Wilson’s pelts on his wall as well.
  • Ravens now are averaging 34.1 points a game. Say it with me slowly. Let it simmer and marinate a bit. Enjoy it.
  • Marcus Peters has made the Ravens’ secondary much more “sticky.” That stickiness is allowing the pass rush an extra second or two to get home, which is resulting in pressures, sacks and turnovers. Tip of the hat to Eric DeCosta and the Ravens’ front office.
  • Is there a player that’s more fun to watch the Mark Ingram. I mean wow, what an addition. Nice to see a veteran play with the enthusiasm of a rookie. Love his on and off field attitude. His slide (and pose) into the end zone were great. The post game locker room scene – where he received a game ball and also led the team in some type of a “Woo Woo” chant – was epic. Only to be topped of by his introduction of Lamar Jackson at the post game presser.
  • When was the last time you heard “MVP” chants at a sporting event – any sporting event – in Baltimore. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
  • If you’re a defensive coordinator, good luck in devising a scheme to stop Lamar Jackson. Stack the box, he burns you with his arm. Take the safety out of the box, you’ll get stomped by the ground game.
  • Once the Ravens went up by 2 touchdowns on the Texans, you had a feeling that the game was over and done with. Yes, that early. It never felt that the Texans had any shot of coming back, and of course that was reflected in the final score.
  • Nick Boyle is becoming much of a factor in the passing game. Known for his work as a nasty blocker, Boyle has shown that he has a pair of pretty reliable hands. I know he dropped one yesterday, but that was a matter of concentration. He was so wide open, he took his eyes off of the ball and starting running down the field without it. He had at least a 30 yard gain in front of him and he knew it.
  • Saw the Rams – Bears game last night. It was hot garbage. I expect the Ravens to take it to them Monday night, get their 7th straight win, and improve their record to 9 – 2. I’m aware that it’s a week to week league, but I’m also pretty confident that they will defeat the Rams.
  • Don’t look now, but Lamar Jackson’s regular season record as a starter is 14 – 3. Naysayers will continue to drag us back to the Chargers’ playoff loss. You know, the one where “they figured him out.” It was a bad day for him, and an even worse day than Marty YouKnowWho. Bad scheme and poor execution of said bad scheme. Chargers played 7 defensive backs out of necessity, as they had injuries to starters at linebacker and defensive tackle. Marty should have played big boy ball against them and pounded them with 3 tight end sets, but chose to get pass happy once again.
  • That’s it for now. On to LA!