Mon. Sep 28th, 2020

Ravens React to Being Kings of the North Again

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Ravens React to Being Kings of the North Again

This AFC North championship feels different to the Ravens than last year. They clinched the 2018 division title on the final day of the season, beating Cleveland and making the playoffs by winning six of their last seven games.

In 2019, the Ravens have been dominant. They have won five games by at least 20 points, and Thursday was the fifth time they scored at least 40 points. Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda is playing in his 13th season, and he has already won a Super Bowl with the Ravens. He recognizes that this team is capable of winning another.

“We’ve won 10 games in a row,” Yanda said. “Obviously, we’ve never done that here. This is definitely the best team I’ve ever been on. We’ve won 10 games in a row. That’s all I need to say.”

However, the mission is not accomplished. Nobody outside the Ravens’ organization may have seen this type of season coming. But outside linebacker Matthew Judon sensed something brewing early in the season. He liked the chemistry of this team. He liked the attitude. He loved it when the Ravens kept adding defensive talent, trading for cornerback Marcus Peters and signing free agents like Josh Bynes, L.J. Fort, Jihad Ward and Domata Peko.

Judon wasn’t satisfied when the Ravens clinched a playoff spot by beating Buffalo. He’s not satisfied with a division title, either.

“We got into the playoffs last year,” Judon said. “That wasn’t enough. We’re not done yet. We ain’t done yet.”

His teammates feel the same way, and their championship T-shirts said the same: “The North Is Not Enough”.

“It feels great to get another division title with this group,” wide receiver Willie Snead IV said. “But to have the entire AFC playoffs come through Baltimore? That’s everything we need to get to Miami. We just have a really good nucleus of guys this season. We just went to work. We weren’t worried about anyone else. Now they seem to be worried about us.”

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