I’ve heard and seen it suggested that we don’t know anything about the Ravens after six games of the 2019 season. But that’s not the case. We actually know quite a bit.
For instance, we know they’re quarterbacked by one the NFL’s most unique and dynamic talents. Lamar Jackson has become more impactful more quickly than anyone imagined. His NFL bona fides are no longer in doubt, right?
We also know the Ravens’ defense simply didn’t measure up after losing so many leaders to free agency and several key players to injury, prompting a flurry of on-the-fly changes that may well continue.
So, yes, we do know some things. But as far as what it all adds up to, I agree, we just don’t know yet.
The Ravens have won four of six games to earn first place in the AFC North, but their wins came against two winless teams already battling for the first pick in next year’s draft (Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals) and two other teams with a combined 4-7-1 record (Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers).
True, you can only play who the schedule says you play, and consistently holding serve against non-playoff teams is a promising sign – as is beating the Steelers in Pittsburgh, which should never be downplayed. (If you didn’t notice, Pittsburgh rebounded from its overtime loss to Baltimore by soundly whipping the Chargers in Los Angeles Sunday night.)
Still, the Ravens have only played one opponent who currently has a winning record, and they lost to the Chiefs in Kansas City. That’s relevant because their remaining schedule features a bunch of opponents with winning records.