The Ravens’ win Sunday not solely stored them atop the AFC North standings, however set them as much as go on a serious profitable streak.
No laughter please, that is severe enterprise.
Regardless of how ugly a 23-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns was at occasions, the Ravens have the potential to win one other 5, six or seven video games this season, maybe consecutively.
There aren’t too many issues you can level to that recommend the Ravens have improved a lot because the season-opening win towards the New York Jets, however that is the NFL. Any crew can win on any given Sunday.
That’s my conclusion after Week 7. Aside from the Buffalo Payments and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, the remainder of the league is an enormous assortment of mediocre to poor groups.
That’s why the Ravens (4-3) had been so tickled to come back away with a win towards Cleveland (2-5).
“It was a must-win state of affairs, large divisional recreation, a rivalry recreation,” working again Gus Edwards stated. “We’ve got momentum now, and we simply need to preserve constructing it up. We’re going to seek out out about ourselves within the weeks to come back.”
Momentum is the massive phrase. Groups thrive off of it. If wins observe, some groups begin believing they’re invincible, and the Ravens want that sort of psyche.
Perception is as a lot part of soccer as blocking and tackling. The Ravens face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday evening and have principally someday to arrange earlier than they depart Wednesday. However the Bucs (3-4) misplaced Sunday to the lowly Carolina Panthers, and future Corridor of Fame quarterback Tom Brady remains to be wishing he had tight finish Rob Gronkowski by his facet.
After dealing with Tampa Bay, the Ravens play the New Orleans Saints (2-5) on “Monday Night time Soccer,” adopted by the Panthers (2-5), Jacksonville Jaguars (2-5), Denver Broncos (2-4), Pittsburgh Steelers (2-4) and the Browns once more.
This isn’t precisely the Murderers’ Row of the NFL.
“I believe it helps. It simply helps construct momentum, and I believe what we’ve been going by way of is simply rising pains,” outdoors linebacker Justin Houston stated. “I choose to undergo it originally of the season than the top. Everyone knows, you’ve simply acquired to get scorching on the proper time. I like our crew. I believe we’ve acquired all the pieces we have to win it.
“We’ve simply acquired to proceed to construct and develop. That’s we’ve been doing, and it confirmed in the present day. We had guys step up on particular groups, protection and offense to make performs and get us this victory.”
A lot of issues can change between now and the stretch run. The Ravens didn’t present a lot to get enthusiastic about Sunday.
They nearly blew one other fourth-quarter lead and wanted linebacker Malik Harrison to dam a 60-yard area aim try with 2:09 left to seal the victory.
Cleveland ran the ball down the Ravens’ throats throughout a seven-play, 75-yard landing drive within the fourth quarter and Jacoby Brissett, a backup for many of his profession, accomplished 22 of 27 passes for 258 yards.
Think about what Buffalo’s Josh Allen or Kansas Metropolis’s Patrick Mahomes would do towards the Ravens’ poor secondary?
Offensively, it was one other slog. Quarterback Lamar Jackson grew to become a recreation supervisor, partly due to his struggles the previous three video games but additionally as a result of he was inaccurate and the Ravens couldn’t deal with the Browns’ go rush. Jackson was sacked 3 times.
Edwards, who missed all of final season after tearing his ACL, MCL and hamstring, rushed 16 occasions for 66 yards. Left sort out Ronnie Stanley carried out effectively in his third recreation this season after a protracted rehabilitation from a fractured ankle.
The Ravens had 5 sacks Sunday and mounted constant go rush after the primary quarter. Devin Duvernay proved he generally is a weapon as each a large receiver and return specialist, and kicker Justin Tucker and punter Jordan Stout give the Ravens maybe the very best kicking recreation within the NFL.
The Ravens have sufficient weapons to have the ability to beat loads of groups in so some ways, however they aren’t constant and lack game-changers.
Perhaps that can are available in time.
“To me, the ground-and-pound mentality is the identification of this crew,” Stanley stated. “I believe we’re getting again to that, to who we’re. However the factor is, I actually assume we performed with the identical quantity of character and energy even earlier than in the present day. This recreation was a bit of bit extra detailed, however actually, we nonetheless have lots to repair. We generally is a lot higher than this.
“We’re completely satisfied to come back out with a win, however our aim is to play at a championship degree; we received’t be glad with something much less, and we nonetheless want to scrub up some stuff,. We generally is a lot higher than this. I’m not very glad with how we did as a complete in the present day; we’re very able to championship-winning soccer.”
That verdict will come quickly sufficient, within the subsequent month or two.
Ravens at Buccaneers
Thursday, 8:15 p.m.
TV: Ch. 2 Stream: Amazon Prime
Radio: 97.9 FM, 101.5 FM, 1090 AM
Line: Buccaneers by 2 1/2