Baltimore Ravens Offensive Line: How Do They Compare

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The Ravens offensive line has been a popular topic as of late. Throughout recent history the Ravens have had one of the better offensive lines in the NFL. But how does this years offensive line compared to years prior? Lets take a look.

The Ravens Offensive Line

Week in, week out, they are the first to be blamed and the last to fame. As a fan base, we need to do an in-depth look at our previous and current “Status Quo” of the offensive line. With that being said, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of things.

Some say that the Ravens’ current offensive line is good. Others will say that they are bad. Some of us roll with a happy medium of good enough. It’s tough to properly grade all these big fellas in a world where everyone is focused on skill positions, but thankfully, some people at Pro Football Focus and Pro Football Reference have us covered.

The Present

Left Tackle: Alejandro Villanueva

Ranked 57/81 in the Tackle position
Marked as a 62.7 Graded Yellow Player

This guy is a solid player game in and game out. Yes, unfortunately, he has gotten beaten in the pass pro a lot more than I’d like to admit, but the guy is always looking to make improvements when he can. Coming to Baltimore has opened his versatility more, in my opinion, considering he was going to be placed at right tackle before the Ronnie Stanley injury. The transition to right tackle was a little rough, but it was also full of potential. The team moving him back to his most comfortable position ended up working out.

Left Guard: Ben Powers

Ranked 25/78 in the Guard Position
Marked as a 68 Graded Green Player

Ben Powers has been a giant question mark of “Can he fill in this weird left guard void?” since Bradley Bozeman moved over to center. Don’t get me wrong, he is a quality player and has been proving me wrong week in and out. The way he tends to move around to get in crucial blocks has been quite impressive. Will he keep the “this all game thing” going, or will there be more rotations?

Center: Bradley Bozeman

Ranked 10/38 in the Center Position
Marked as 72.1 Graded Green Player

Everyone should know by now that Bozeman is my favorite offensive lineman on this current Ravens team. Outside of a few bad snaps (which happens from time to time) he’s been an excellent guy in the communications job, along with getting in all of his assigned blocks. I have been praying to the football gods that he stays Raven for a long time.

Right Guard: Kevin Zeitler

Ranked 17/78 in the Guard Position
Marked as 70.9 Graded Green Player

Mr. Kevin Zeitler. A guy we only wish we had sooner to fill the large shoes left by the retirement of future Hall of Famer Marshal Yanda. A guy who has now played for 3/4 AFC North teams (if I’m not mistaken) and excels in the right guard spot. His footwork, hand in the cadence/snap count, and ability to make adjustments at whims notice are uncanny. Sometimes, he does get beat but not very often. Just get his replacement ready to fill his shoes whenever he goes to retire (hopefully as a Raven).

Right Tackle: Patrick Mekari

Ranked 44/81 in Tackle Position
Marked as 68.4 Graded Green Player

Patrick Mekari has been at the top of my list for this team, starting center or guard. It hurt a little seeing him not a starter in either position at first, but when Stanley went down early in the season & seeing him take over right tackle with huge success was a pleasant surprise. Later on he got hurt himself. His presence was missed while away. The game vs. the Bears, though, did show that the rust needs to be shaken off.

This lineup listed above is good enough to get this Ravens team to the playoffs & into a bit of a post-season run. You can take whatever you want out of the stats you can find, the film, & anything else to form your own opinion. But at the end of the day, this is a solid unit, even with a 68.42 grading average.

2019 Offensive Line

  • Left Tackle: Ronnie Stanley
    • 88.5 Graded Blue Player
  • Left Guard: Bradley Bozeman
    • 63.4 Graded Yellow Player
  • Center: Matt Skura/Patrick Mekari
    • Matt: 68.7 Graded Green Player
    • Patrick: 70.5 Graded Green Player
  • Right Guard: Marshal Yanda
    • 86.6 Graded Blue Player
  • Right Tackle: Orlando Brown Jr
    • 72 Graded Green Player

The 2019 14-2 Baltimore Ravens offensive line was an average of 74.95 graded team. They were roughly 6.53 points better than the current team (as of somewhere in between weeks 11 & 12 of the 2021 season). There was some bolstering but also some regression in other areas, as we all know. We had all pros in Ronnie, Marshal, and Zues Jr.

2020 Offensive Line Grading

  • Left Tackle: Zues Jr
    • Graded as a 76.5
  • Left Guard: Bradley Bozeman
    • PFF Grade 64.3
  • Center: Matt Skura
    • PFF Grade 50.2
  • Right Guard: Ben Powers
    • PFF Grade 59.4
  • Right Tackle: DJ Fluker
    • PFF Grade 63.8

We can also ask how did the team have an 11-5 record with this offensive line? Let me remind you of these things. Ronnie went down the first time. Matt Skura, Trystan Colon, & Patrick Mekari were all competing for the starting center position. Tyre Phillips was also in the right guard rotation. The 2020 COVID season was bizarre and mildly successful for a whole lot of offensive line shuffles.

Anyways, as we look forward to the remaining weeks in the 2021 season, note that our current starting lineup can be just as good as the 2019 offensive line. Give it time and let it grow. Even though times look tough with the recent injury report, the big guys up front are communicating more and getting that chemistry they need to get the job done. Thanks to them, the Baltimore Ravens can end the 2021 season as a 12-5 or 13-4 team.

Three Targets for the Ravens at the Trade Deadline

Ravens Trade Targets
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The NFL trade deadline is fast approaching. Expiring at 4 pm ET on November 2nd, teams are scrambling to make inquiries to teams concerning certain players. Contending teams will be looking to add that final piece to their playoff puzzle while tanking teams will be looking to jettison players to acquire more draft capital. For the Baltimore Ravens, this may be the most pivotal trade deadline in team history.

Despite sitting at 5-2, the Ravens have had myriad injuries along their entire roster. Making a last minute trade to bring in a player or two to help ease those injury woes may just be what the team needs to do in order to make a serious championship run.

The Ravens have proven they can win with their current talent but there is nothing to say that improving that talent can’t make life a little easier for those in Baltimore.

Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta has shown that he is more than willing to wheel and deal for the benefit of his team and this year may be no different. In the past, he has brought aboard the likes of Marcus Peters, Calais Campbell, and Yannick Ngakoue. With 17 players on injured reserve, the Ravens could use his charismatic bargaining powers now more than ever.

The Ravens are absolutely loaded with draft picks, including nine in the first four rounds so it’s safe to safe Baltimore has plenty of bargaining chips with which to use. Below are three realistic players the Ravens could target for a trade before the deadline expires.

Ravens Trade Target #1: Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts

We start our list of Ravens trade targets with the low hanging fruit. Marlon Mack respectfully wants out of Indianapolis in hopes of getting more playing time. The Ravens are in desperate need of a running back that can offer some sort of explosion. The Colts, most likely without a first round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, are in need of more draft picks. In the end, a trade would benefit all parties involved.

The Ravens have been trotting out veterans the likes of Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman, and Le’Veon Bell — with little success. All of those backs are well past their prime and offer little in the way of explosiveness. Their youngest back, Ty’Son Williams, clearly doesn’t have the confidence of the team and just looks lost when he’s on the field.

To put it simply, the Ravens need more juice in the backfield, a running back who can actually bounce to the outside and make plays. Baltimore’s entire identity the last few years has been the run game, and that run game has been subpar to say the very least. Mack, despite coming off of an ACL injury, has looked great in his limited usage this season.

He is still fresh and with only one year on his deal, carries very little financial burden. A late round pick would be all that’s needed to make this swap happen and Baltimore should be quick to call over to Indianapolis.

Trade Target #2: Andre Dillard, OT, Philadelphia Eagles

To say the Ravens are desperate for reinforcements along their offensive line may be the understatement of the year. Injuries have withered the offensive line down to almost nothing, and the injured reserve list seemingly keeps getting longer with each passing week.

Andre Dillard may be just the guy to help alleviate the ails of Baltimore. Despite being the 22nd overall pick in 2019, Dillard has hardly played up to that standing, being benched in favor of 7th round pick Jordan Mailata. A change of scenery in Baltimore may do just the trick. Patrick Mekari, the team’s starting right tackle, injured his ankle in the loss to Cincinnati and could miss up to six weeks.

The Ravens need more protection on the edges if Lamar Jackson is to keep playing Superman every week. Dillard has been playing relatively well this season, upping his trade value for the Eagles. His youth, physical acumen, and positional versatility should make him a savory target for the Ravens.

Trade Target #3: Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Miami Dolphins

This trade has much more to do with the future of Baltimore’s secondary than it does at its present state. Corner will be a pressing need for the Ravens in the offseason as the team has big decisions to make with Marcus Peters and Jimmy Smith. Smith may not be back and Peters carries a large contract while coming off an ACL injury.

Even if both were to be brought back, more depth is needed. The Ravens always seem to go through healthy corners like its nothing every year so adding a youthful defensive back can only help. Igbinoghene could be on Baltimore’s radar. Despite being a first round pick in 2020, the former Auburn corner has seen very little playing time and it looks as though that was a wasted pick by the Dolphins.

Still, Igbinoghene has a tremendous athletic profile and with a little more time and better coaching, he could become a regular contributor to the defense. He is certainly worth a late round flyer at this point. Meanwhile, it looks as though as the Dolphins are on the verge of another rebuild and virtually any and all players are on the trade market. Noah Igbinoghene may be the first to go.

Baltimore Ravens, Lamar Jackson dominate Chargers

Baltimore Ravens

The game with the most intrigue of the weekend turned into an absolute romp. Behind Lamar’s day, the Baltimore Ravens routed the visiting Chargers 34-6. The Ravens dominated both sides of the ball en route to a 5-1 record atop the AFC North. Baltimore’s had some close finishes this season, including last Monday night, but this was a surprising reprieve for Ravens faithful.

Game Recap: Total Offensive Domination

The early afternoon contest featured two of the hottest quarterbacks and MVP hopefuls Lamar Jackson and Justin Herbert. Both led potent, high scoring offenses and many predicted a shootout considering how porous both defenses have been all season. Instead, the Ravens jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and never looked back. Baltimore’s run game looked like the run game of old, steamrolling LA’s front seven with 187 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Three separate running backs ran for a touchdown, including the recently elevated Le’Veon Bell. Jackson’s stats won’t blow up the stat sheet as they had the last few weeks but he was still patient in the pocket and placed the ball where it needed to be to keep drives alive. Essentially, Lamar’s game through the air was unnecessary to keep the Chargers reeling.

Game Recap: Defense Shows Up

It was Baltimore’s defense, however, that came up big. The Ravens D had been gashed all season long, and most predicted Herbert’s high flying Chargers would do the same. Instead, the defense continually got pressure on Herbert and completely shut down Austin Ekeler. DeShonn Elliott snagged his first interception of the year while tacking on a sack, proving to be one of the most versatile defenders in the league. Justin Houston also added a sack late in the game to put him ever closer to 100 career sacks.

The most interesting take from this contest? Despite the margin of victory, no single player dominated the game. This was an all around team victory and everyone contributed to the massive victory. Rookie receiver Rashod Bateman made his long anticipated debut and had 4 receptions for 29 yards but had an ugly drop in the 4th quarter that turned into an interception for the Chargers. Still, it’s nice to see the Ravens try to work their young receiver into the game. Lamar Jackson also made history by passing Dan Marino for most wins (35) by a quarterback before age 25. Another game, another record set.

Baltimore Ravens Next Matchup

As stated before, this win improves the Ravens to 5-1 while maintaining first place in the AFC North. Next up? A home game against the surprisingly hot Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore’s first divisional game this season. The following week, the Ravens will go on a much needed bye. This was a massive win for the Baltimore Ravens before beginning a stretch of divisional games in late November-early December.

7 Up, 7 Down: So Nice, Do it Thrice

Week 3 of the NFL season has been done and dusted. Who stood out in a positive manner? Who has some work to do as we move forward to Week 4? How will week three be perceived in the long run of the gauntlet? Will it be nice that everyone will look at it thrice?

In case you missed the previous weekly editions, they can be found below

Week 1: Opening Overreactions

Week 2: A Perceptive Repeat

Up

1. Herbert is legit top ten, if not top five QB 

– The precocious young gun from Oregon went into rowdy Arrowhead Stadium and outdueled the superstar Patrick Mahomes. Which is to put him in rarified air as few signal callers can claim legitimate victories over the league’s most electrifying passer. Herbert can make every improbable throw look perfectly natural as a simple pitch and catch. He has been blessed with physical gifts that few quarterbacks in history have possessed. Much will be anticipated when these two quarterbacks meet up and with good reason. Herbert has a bright future in this league. 

2. Special Teams are FUNdamental

– What a fun week for special teams histrionics. The most overlooked phase of the game got its time in the sun on Sunday with several epic standout plays as seen below. 

First up, Dustin Hopkins kicks a deep shot and then recovers his OWN kick. How? 

Not to be outdone, Younghoe Koo led off the walk-off kick bonanza with a 40 yard bomb for the Falcons

Mason Crosby called Koo’s kick and raised it with his own bomb

Not to be outdone, the evergreen Justin Tucker called Crosby’s shot, re-raised with a record-breaking Giancarlo Stanton level nuclear strike

Earlier in the day, the previous record-holder Matt Prater had an insane 68 yard try returned for a KICK SIX remix

3. All the King’s…posters?

– Derrick Henry paced the Titans offense once again with several impact runs including another posterization of a poor, hapless defender who accepted the challenge. The latest victim: star linebacker Darius Leonard. The King also low key destroyed Julian Blackmon who thought himself worthy of taking him on. At this point, the pantheon of defenders who bravely went at the king is too numerous to count. He’s just built differently than any other running back in the league today. How many times does it need to happen before defenders realize that challenging Henry in one on one situations is just foolhardy? Quandre Diggs (censored) around and found out last week as well. 

4. Josh Allen is pretty, pretty good

– Allen had yet another standout performance on Sunday against a really good Washington front who never really got in his face. The fourth-year pro is looking very well primed for another MVP run with five total touchdowns this past weekend. OC Brian Daboll has definitely unlocked the star potential from the young man. With Allen at the helm, the Bills can legitimately go blow for blow with the suddenly vulnerable Chiefs now. The league is in good hands with the young guns as more and more old star passers age out. Allen might be tops among them pretty soon if he keeps this up. 

5. Ja’Marr Chase might be good after all 

– Chase’s young career is off to a similar start to his speed. Flying. He had a breakout performance on Sunday against the hated Steelers, scoring on multiple big plays. The mysterious vanishing act during the preseason is a thing of the past as he’s proven to be an astute pick as long the Bengals’ offensive line can hold up. The Burrow to Chase connection is off and running again, much to the chagrin of everyone on the Bengals’ schedule. He has a pretty good case for offensive rookie of the year thus far into the season. 

6. Gus Johnson in the NFL 

– Two weeks, two instantly iconoclast Gus Johnson calls. Need I say more? Like many football fans, I’m glad he’s returned to announcing NFL duties after spending time exclusively in the hinterlands of amazing college football broadcasts. He simply belongs at the pro level, expressing his high-intensity emotive moods in an NFL broadcasting world often devoid of such brilliant missives, much like Marv Albert did for the NBA.  

7. R-E-L-A-X and enjoy “The Last Dance”

– We don’t know how the story of the 2021 Green Bay Packers will end but Aaron Rodgers might have a few self-authored chapters to write just yet. Speaking of stories, Kyle Shanahan and late-game mismanagement are one as old as time immemorial. Turns out even 37 seconds is too much time left for the future Jeopardy host to launch remarkable comebacks. If it is indeed the last hoorah for Rodgers in a Packers uniform, I hope for Jordan Love’s sake that he soaks up a lot of institutional knowledge learning at the feet of AR. GM Brian Gutenkunst must be feeling some type of way though. His offseason was a story unto itself. A story of what not to do in terms of managing a relationship with your ultra superstar quarterback. 

Down

1. Injuries

– The 2021 season is turning out to be quite Darwinian as the litany of injuries continues to pile up across the league to key players. Week 3 saw the likes of Quenton Nelson, AJ Brown, Josh Norman, K.J. Hamler, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Terron Armstead, James White, and Dalton Risner leave and do not return. Khalil Mack and Rob Gronkowski were injured but returned, fortunately. The Colts (Kwity Paye and Rock Ya-Sin) and Giants (Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton) were particularly hard hit with two key guys each ruled out. May the injured return to full health as quickly as possible. 

2. Hollywood turning into Marquise

– Lost in all the hoopla of Justin Tucker’s utter destruction of the longest field goal record is Marquise Brown. He dropped three critical passes including an easy touchdown that would’ve likely rendered the field goal attempt moot in the first place. Maybe it was just a bad game as he was on fire the week prior against the Chiefs. Still, the potential game-breaking option is there. Next up for Brown and the Ravens: The Broncos tough secondary. We will see if this is a worrying trend or just a blip on the radar. 

3. Seattle’s defense in a tailspin 

– The Vikings just ran roughshod all over the struggling Seahawks’ defense with a backup running back, no less. Letting Derrick Henry run wild is one thing, letting Alexander Mattison do it is entirely another. Kirk Cousins went off on Sunday as well. The secondary has been torched repeatedly with horrifically substandard play. The next two weeks are likely not going to help either with the high-powered 49ers and Rams on the docket. They can’t keep on relying on Russ cooking to save the defense over and over, right? Pete Carroll needs to try everything possible underneath the sun to try to fix the hemorrhaging defense, otherwise, they will be also-rans in the wild and wacky NFC West. 

4. The end has emphatically arrived for Big Ben 

– As remarkable as Ben Roethlisberger’s return to play after a devastating elbow injury was, the fall has been just as stunning. The Steelers’ offensive line was expected to be below average entering the season and it has been, save for flashes of improvement. Roethlisberger is notorious for stringing out the play but his body isn’t responding as it once did. The receivers in the game against Cincy last week did not help by getting hurt but he should’ve been better. It’s time for the Steelers to see what they have in backup Dwayne Haskins. The end for the future Hall of Fame quarterback was none more glaring than checking down to the back in a must-have, do-or-die play. 

5. Jonnu Smith’s nightmare fuel game

– The $50 million tight end has had a rough start to his career in Foxboro, no play is more evidence of his struggles than a tip drill pick-six that Malcolm Jenkins snagged. He’s had multiple drops and has failed to make the expected impact for the Patriots offense led by rookie quarterback Mac Jones. To be fair to Smith, his start in Tennessee wasn’t the most illustrious either. Fellow big money tight end signing Hunter Henry has also failed to live up to his high-priced contract so Smith isn’t alone. It’s going to be a long year for Jones if his two tight ends can’t get it going. Let’s hope that they do. 

6. Justin Fields’ mental and physical health

– Well, that was a demolition job by the Browns on poor Justin Fields making his first start in lieu of Andy Dalton’s injury. The young passer had zero chance from the minute he was announced as the starter and subsequently was sacked NINE times by Cleveland. If you’ve ever seen a blatantly egregious example of horrendously illogical cancerous coaching malpractice, that was it. Coach Matt Nagy refused to adjust his gameplan to account for his franchise passer getting destroyed in the pocket. Then he had the utterly dumbfounding unrepentant arrogant malevolence to say what he said after the festivities. The arrogance of this man is limitless. If Justin Fields were to succeed, he needs to get Windy City Adam Gase terminated with immediate effect for at least his mental health. GM Ryan Pace does not escape scrutiny either as he built the floundering offensive line. Asking a washed-up almost 40 years old Jason Peters to protect Fields is tantamount to a hostile work environment. Drafting a giant medical risk in Teven Jenkins who, to no one’s surprise, got injured is another. Matt Nagy is done in Chicago, there’s no going back.

7. LeBron’s High School Quarterback

– On more of a funny note, LeBron was a guest on the ManningCast on MNF and the legendary hoops superstar delivered a gem. He also noted that both the Seahawks and Cowboys offered him a roster spot during the 2011 NBA lockout. The current Laker star joked that if he had a better QB in high school, he’d have a pro football career. Imagine being some random dude in Ohio sitting down with his family watching Monday Night Football and catching a stray from the top rope from one of the best basketball players of all time. Poor guy. He most likely has been roasted by EVERYONE in his circle, not to mention social media. 

Instant Reaction to Ravens 19-17 Win Over Lions

To say that these last three weeks have been dramatic and emotional for Ravens fans is a massive understatement. A heartbreaking overtime loss in Week 1 to the Raiders was followed up by an emotional rollercoaster of a win over Kansas City the following Sunday night. Baltimore’s first afternoon game of the season was supposed to be an easy one. The Detroit Lions were entering the game 0-2 with one of the worst defenses in the league. This was supposed to be a perfect “let me up” game after two exhausting weeks. The problem is, no one told the Detroit Lions this was supposed to be a cakewalk for the Ravens. Head coach Dan Campbell had his team fired up and they fought tooth and nail every minute of this game. More than a few mental errors on the part of the Ravens certainly helped Detroit hang around but for the most part, the Lions went toe to toe with Baltimore and nearly pulled out one of the biggest upsets of the season.

The offense never seemed to get it going against Detroit. Lamar Jackson and the offense got off to a slow start, going three and out on their first drive and then getting stuffed on 3rd and 3 at their own 32 on the next drive. A Justin Tucker Field goal five minutes into the 2nd quarter and a beautiful 19 yard touchdown pass to Devin Duvernay on 3rd and long gave hope that the offense might start sparking but things only got darker from there. Hollywood Brown had one of the worst games of his career, dropping three certain touchdown passes, two of those drops coming on Baltimore’s final drive right before the half. Those drops would prove more critical than anyone could have guessed at the time. Lamar was throwing pretty passes the entire half but the offense around him simply could not gel. the Lions effectively shut down the vaunted Ravens running game while Baltimore’s offensive line took a big step backward after a promising performance against Kansas City. Baltimore’s 10 points in the first half was disheartening to say the very least.

It was Baltimore’s defense that would prove to be the source of optimism in the first half, suffocating Detroit’s running game and limiting Jarred Goff to 54 yards passing. Though they weren’t bringing him down, the Ravens were applying the pressure as Wink Martindale amped up the blitzes. Baltimore defenders were flying all over the field and forcing the Lions to become a one dimensional passing team. It was exactly what most had predicted the Ravens defense would do to an overmatched Lions offense. The Ravens shut out the Lions in the first half and all seemed to be going according to plan for Baltimore’s stop unit.

The script flipped entirely in the second half. The Lions suddenly found their groove on both sides of the ball, walking all over Baltimore’s defense while simultaneously stifling the Ravens offense. Detroit scored all 17 of their points in the second half and had the game gone on longer, you have to think the Lions would have rolled up even more points. The Ravens suddenly forgot how to tackle as Lions ballcarriers routinely ran through first and second contact like it was nothing. Pressure on Goff was nonexistent. It was a second half collapse that should have cost the Ravens the game because the offense certainly wasn’t holding up their end. The Ravens couldn’t get anything going on the ground as the Lions swallowed up every play. The offensive line looked more like its Week 1 version than its Week 2 version the Detroit pass rush consistently disrupted Lamar’s pocket. Though Lamar himself was playing well, the Ravens as a whole could not get anything going.

All looked lost when Lamar tossed his first interception of the day with 5:30 left in the 4th quarter. The Lions promptly drove down the field to kick what appeared to be the game winning field goal. With1:04 left in the game and no timeouts left, Baltimore’s chances for victory looked bleak to say the least. A sack on first down and an incompletion on the following down did little to help brighten the outlook. Staring down a 4th and 19, Jackson delivered his most important pass of the day, a 36 yard strike to Sammy Watkins to set the Ravens up at Detroit’s 48. A spike and then another incompletion gave the Ravens just 3 seconds left to attempt a win. Any other team would attempt a Hail Mary or a screen pass with some lateral trickery to have a prayer for the end zone. But the Ravens have something better than a prayer, they have Justin Tucker.

Flashbacks immediately shot to December, 2013, when a young Tucker kicked a game winning 61 yard field goal to put the Ravens over the Lions 18-16. Eight years later and five yards further, Tucker had to do it all over again. Tucker had missed a 49 yard kick earlier in the game to add to Baltimore’s woes but the former Longhorn’s confidence in himself never wavered. With an extra hop, Tucker booted the ball and it sailed towards the uprights. Hitting the lowpost first, it appeared the ball would bounce back but it miraculously bounced through, giving the Ravens the victory and Justin Tucker the record for longest made field goal in NFL history. It was a kick that stunned the football world and simply reaffirmed Tucker’s status as not just the best kicker in the league, but one of the greatest in NFL history.

To put it bluntly, this was a game the Ravens should have dominated but simply didn’t. This was a game the Ravens didn’t deserve to win, but did anyway. The Lions were supposed to roll over for a superior team but refused. For the third straight week, Ravens fans had to suffer through a roller coaster of emotions. Despite playing one of the ugliest games in recent memory, the Ravens persevered and now boast a 2-1 record to keep them in a tie for the AFC North lead. Despite the injuries and emotional drama, the Ravens are still in a good position and have a week to heal up and calm down before heading to Denver to take on their old rivals the Broncos. The Ravens aren’t playing the prettiest football right now but a win is a win and at the end of the day that’s all that matters. Oh, and Justin Tucker is the greatest kicker of all time and there is no debate.