Baltimore Ravens 2018-2019 Season Review

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Ravens Season Review

Grade : B+

The Baltimore Ravens crashed out of the playoffs in the AFC Wild Card round, losing to the LA Chargers 23-17.

Although such a good grade may look questionable for a 10-6 regular season team that lost in the first round of the playoffs, but hear me out here.

Head coach John Harbaugh made a huge decision midseason, and that decision was to move on from quarterback Joe Flacco, and go with Lamar Jackson. The switch going to happen regardless, but the timing was questionable at the time. Lamar Jackson then went 6-1 in the seven games that he was given a majority of the snaps, with the sole lose coming to Kansas City in overtime.

With Jackson taking over for the season, the year became a transition year. Baltimore was playing with house money ever since they put Lamar Jackson as quarterback, and rode Jackson to an AFC North title, and didn’t stop until the first round of the playoffs. Jackson offered a dual-threat from the quarterback position that hasn’t been seen since Michael VIck. Jackson rushed for 90+ yards three times this year, with his game high hitting 119 yards on the ground. Jackson was also careful with the ball, only throwing 3 picks in the regular season. Look for Lamar Jackson to only get better going forward.

On top of the burst that Lamar Jackson offered on offense, the Ravens had possibly the best defense in the league this season. The Ravens allowed the least yards of any team all year, keeping their team close in every contest they played this season.

After such a shaky start and a quarterback change, a 10-6 finish with a division title isn’t that bad of an outcome for Baltimore. As for the future for the Ravens, it seems to rely on reinforcements to an aging defense, and the progression of Lamar Jackson.

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