Lamar Jackson, Ravens Have Passed Every Test

Baltimore won its eighth straight game Sunday, beating another division leader in the process

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
December 02, 2019 - 9:04 am
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In September, the Baltimore Ravens lost back-to-back games to the Chiefs and Browns to fall to 2-2 on the season. Since then, they have won eight straight games – and beaten some very good teams along the way.

They won at Seattle (9-2), against New England (10-2), against Houston (8-4) and, as of Sunday, against San Francisco (10-2). Indeed, the Ravens beat the Niners 20-17 in a possible Super Bowl preview, as Lamar Jackson threw for 105 yards, rushed for 101 yards and had two touchdowns (one pass, one rush).

“They just have a very unique offense,” Baltimore Sun Ravens writer Jonas Shaffer said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “They have a really, really good running game that makes their passing game go when you can set up play-action as easily as it does. They have a great line, Lamar Jackson has been extremely accurate, you combine that with a defense has really turned it on, you have a great special teams unit – it’s really just a very well-rounded team.”

Credit the Niners for actually keeping the game close. Baltimore had won five straight games by at least 14 points, including its last three games by a combined 135-26 margin. Shaffer, in fact, thought the Ravens would beat the Niners by 10.

“I just figured even though San Francisco has this really great defense, their one issue this season has been defending the run,” he said. “Kyler Murray had given them trouble, Russell Wilson had given them trouble – so they had trouble with these dual-threat quarterbacks, and obviously Lamar Jackson has wheels that those guys don’t. The 49ers being really banged up on offense, I thought all of that would snowball and go the Ravens’ way. But obviously San Francisco has a great coaching staff and they did everything that they could to keep that game close.”

In the end, though, the Ravens won, and – thanks to New England’s loss to the Texans – currently have the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

“It was a lot closer than I expected it to be,” Shaffer said of the win over San Francisco. “But the for the Ravens to go into Buffalo with a 10-2 record, I think they have to feel really, really good about themselves.”

The Ravens and Bills (9-3) square off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Buffalo has won three straight.