It’s week 17, the Ravens are 9-6 and control their own destiny. All they have to do is win and they’re in, sound familiar? However, that’s not all that’s the same this go round for the Ravens; Harbaugh has a chance to go to the playoffs with another rookie QB this year like he did in 2008 with Joe Flacco. Much like last year, however, this team is wondering how this season will end.
In 2017, The Ravens were less than a minute away from moving on to the Wild Card round for their first playoff appearance since 2014 but fell short from Andy Dalton to Tyler Boyd on a 49 yard TD pass. The crowd was stunned, many fans left the stadium in disbelief, how could they have let that happen on 4th and 12 and at midfield? That chilling feeling in Ravens fans spine is creeping back in again as they get ready to face off against a Browns team that has won 5 of 6 games since firing Hue Jackson. This team is different this year, The Ravens defense has been closing out games since their bye week and that impressive showing in Los Angeles has this Ravens team looking hungry and ready to prove something.
The coaches and players have finally realized to utilize the talent they have for what they’re good at. For many years, the Ravens have tried airing the ball out and mimic other high scoring offenses, but they just weren’t good enough to emulate them. With the injury of Joe Flacco, The Ravens had to resort to a more run heavy style offense but, by chance, realized that the offense helped their defense stay fresher for games. Teams are now becoming erratic against this Ravens defense because they don’t know how many possessions they will have in the game as the offense dominates time of possession. It almost feels like 2001 all over again.
It’s not exciting football but it’s winning games. This time of year, all that matters is winning, that’s all fans care about going into January. With a young confident QB at the helm, this team has finally gotten the spark that has been lacking since a pair of Hall of Famers retired. Lamar Jackson has put this team on his back and the Ravens are behind him, he doesn’t seem like the moment is too big for him and a victory Sunday would officially turn the page into a new chapter in Ravens history.
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Born and raised in Baltimore, graduate of Woodlawn High school and graduate of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Avid Orioles and Ravens fan since day 1 and just all around sports junkie. I’ve been writing articles for 2 years now and I also host my podcast “Live from the hammock” on Facebook and Youtube during the NFL season. Follow me for all things Ravens and Orioles and my articles on Instagram (agent_beige) and Twitter (@miwelsthegreat).