The Ravens: Kings of The North… Again

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Cameron McHugh, Staff

For the second straight season, the Baltimore Ravens have taken the AFC North title. Led by electric MVP frontrunner Lamar Jackson, the Ravens are on pace to have their best season ever. Baltimore currently sits at 12-2 and are riding a 10-game win streak, including wins over some of the NFL’s best teams. During this streak, the Ravens have beaten the thenundefeated Patriots, the Seahawks, 49ers, Rams, and Houston Texans, proving that their consecutive W’s are no fluke. 

Many so-called “experts” in sports media had counted this team out prior to the season and had cited Lamar Jackson as the main reason. It was said that Lamar Jackson was not adequate as a passer and would eventually lead to the downfall of the franchise. Jackson’s work ethic however proved those doubters wrong as he is now about to pass the Ravens single-season passing touchdown record. That record is currently held by Vinny Testaverde with 33 TDs and after Thursday night’s victory over the Jets, Jackson has tied Testaverde. 

The Ravens team is not just Jackson, however. The defense led by coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale has stepped up very big since the Week 4 loss to the Browns and has proven to be a top 5 unit in the league once again. 

The team acquired cornerback Marcus Peters from the LA Rams back in mid-October, and he has been an incredible difference maker. Peters has had 3 interceptions, taking 2 of them back for touchdowns. CB Marlon Humphrey has also been highly effective in locking down opposing wide receivers weekin and weekout. Safety Chuck Clark has emerged as well as a very quality player in the league, andever since he was given the right to wear the headset inside his helmet, the defensive communication among the team has been outstanding, 

Baltimore currently has the inside track to the #1 overall seed and if either the Patriots or Chiefs lose on Sunday, the Ravens will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs in the AFC. The Ravens play again on December 22 against the Browns.