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Baltimore Ravens Season Review

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By Mr.Wright February 28, 2020 0 Comment
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By Simeon Wright

The Baltimore Ravens are coming off of a record-setting yet disappointing season in 2019. We got to see the highs of the first game against Miami where Lamar threw for five touchdowns and the offense put up a stellar 59 points, and the lows of a crushing loss to the Cleveland Browns in week four. We witnessed the dominating win against the defending champs in week nine, and we all experienced the agonizing defeat by the hands of the Tennessee Titans. All of which culminated in a season most Ravens fans will not soon forget. This is the Baltimore Ravens season review.

Baltimore Ravens Season Review

Coming Out Strong

Entering the 2019 season the Ravens had many question marks looming. How will Lamar come back after his subpar performance in the playoffs the previous season? Will the defense perform after losing key pieces like Terrell Suggs, CJ Mosley, and Za’Darius Smith? How will this offense look under new Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman? Evidently, most of these questions were answered in the explosive season-opener against the Miami Dolphins. This game gave us a peek into what was to come for the Ravens. A bunch of points, great offensive line play, and explosive plays.

With Lamar’s five touchdowns leading the way for the offense, it seemed like fans were all in for a treat of a season. The dominance the team showed in the first game seemed to quiet a lot of skeptics, albeit they played the Dolphins, but our defense still left a lot to be desired.

Marcus Peters to the Rescue

Our defensive struggles in the first half of the season culminated in an embarrassing outing against the Cleveland Browns. The defense let up 500-plus yards and allowed Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield to complete 20 of 30 passes for 342 yards and running back Nick Chubb to run 20 times for 165 yards and three touchdowns. However, the defensive problems seemed to be a thing of the past once the team acquired star cornerback Marcus Peters. With the new addition, the Ravens defense returned to a top-five defense in the league finishing as the 4th overall defense.

Catching Their Stride

With our defense in top shape and our offense outscoring opponents left and right, the Ravens rattled off an impressive 12 straight wins. The Ravens left a trail of bodies in our wake as they toppled the Patriots, crushed the Texans, trampled the Seahawks, and destroyed the Rams. Arguably the team’s best win came against Super Bowl contenders the San Francisco 49ers in week 13. Ultimately, it was an ugly but crucial win that solidified the Ravens as the best team in the regular season.

The Ending No One Expected

With the 11-game win streak and the number one seed in the AFC locked up the Ravens made the decision to rest their starters for week 17. A move that some may argue was their downfall in the playoffs.

At the time, it seemed to be a no brainer; the Ravens had multiple people banged up including running back Mark Ingram and tight end Mark Andrews. Mark Ingram is one of the X-factors on the offense, and it seemed critical for the Ravens’ success to have him playing. Ultimately, Ingram did play. But it was to no avail. The Ravens lost their first playoff game for the second year in a row.

The Titans came out hard and fast running on the coattails of their star running back Derrick Henry. Henry ran for almost 200 yards and scored a touchdown through the air. The Ravens came out slow. The receivers had multiple crucial drops. The offense could not convert two 4th and 1s. They never seemed to get into a rhythm. Even with Lamar having over 500 yards of total offense himself, it was not enough to overcome the Cinderella story of the Tennessee Titans.

With that loss, the highest-scoring offense in franchise history, the team with the best record in franchise history, lost in the divisional round. Thus, robbing us of the Super Bowl we all wanted and deserved. But even with the disappointing ending, one thing is for sure. This Ravens team with Lamar Jackson at the helm will be one to watch for years to come.

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