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3 big questions for Baltimore Ravens in battle with Browns

By: Ashley Anderson

As the 7-3 Baltimore Ravens prepare to host the 6-5 Browns, there are facing a number of pressing questions. Here’s a look at Baltimore’s top concerns heading into Sunday night.

3.) Can Baltimore Ravens contain Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt?

Despite a leaky secondary, the Ravens have been stout against the run. They are second in the league with 88.6 rush yards allowed per game. This week, they face their toughest challenge yet in the duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Chubb leads the NFL with 6-yards per carry, and Hunt is fresh after missing the last five games due to a thigh injury.

The Ravens have been missing nose tackle Brandon Williams due to a shoulder injury, but he may return this week. Unfortunately, things are a bit less certain about defensive end Calais Campbell. If one or both big men miss this matchup, it will leave Baltimore painfully thin upfront. Justin Ellis has done a fine job filling in for Williams, but this is a bigger stage than he has been on before.

With Baker Mayfield dealing with various injuries, there is no doubt the Browns plan to rely on their run game. The weather is also expected to turn frigid Sunday night, which favors the ground and pound approach. Baltimore must key in on Chubb and Hunt, especially on screen passes, if they expect to walk away victorious.

2.) Will Lamar Jackson deal with rustiness?

Somewhat surprisingly, Lamar Jackson missed last week’s game with an illness. He has also missed a great deal of practice time for various reasons this season. Although he practiced throughout this week, his last game action was all the way back on November 11th in Miami.

As previously noted, the weather conditions will be significantly different than the last time Jackson played. In Miami, the Ravens were dealing with extreme heat and humidity, and they were on a short week of rest. Tomorrow night, temperatures are expected to be in the mid-to-low ’30s.

Due to the time off, Jackson could be dealing with a bit of rust. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins said Jackson looked good in practice, but having your defense “pressure” you is nowhere near what Myles Garrett brings to the table. For the Ravens to be successful, Jackson must take good care of the ball and avoid turnovers. He needs to be on his A-game, so hopefully, he can get momentum early and stay hot.

1.) How will the Baltimore Ravens deal with their myriad of injuries?

Injuries are nothing new for the 2021 Baltimore Ravens. Before the season even began, starters were dropping like flies. To date, things have not improved.

This week, ten players are considered questionable, including several starters. Against the Bears, Baltimore only had three healthy corners, and they may be shorthanded again. Jimmy Smith is likely out, and Tavon Young, Anthony Averett, and Chris Westry all missed time this week. Although he played sparingly, safety Ar’Darius Washington was lost for the season when he broke his foot Wednesday.

On the defensive line, Pernell McPhee is out for at least three weeks after landing on IR. Without him, rookie Odafe Oweh has added responsibility with setting the edge. He will take on even more duties if Campbell cannot play. Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale usually likes to rotate guys to keep them fresh, but these injuries simply do not allow for that.

NEXT POST: Ravens offense: Things we want to see against the Browns

If there is any consolation for Baltimore, it is that Cleveland has struggled to score of late. They cannot be overlooked, however, as Mayfield is smart enough to take advantage of broken plays. Chuck Clark and Marlon Humphrey have to get on the same page this week to overcome other absences and prevent the back-breaking plays Baltimore has been known to surrender this season.

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Baltimore Ravens sneak past Bears: 7 lessons on victory Monday

By Chris Schisler

The Baltimore Ravens beat the Chicago Bears. Let’s take a look at what we’ve learned:

Baltimore Ravens: 7 lessons learned in Chicago

1. Thank Goodness Tyler Huntley won the QB2 Job:

The Baltimore Ravens won this game in large part because their backup quarterback handled himself with poise and confidence. Tyler Huntley edged out Trace McSorley for the understudy position behind Lamar Jackson. Huntley winning that job paid off in a big way against the Bears. The Ravens were able to stay true to the general outline of their game plan. Huntley managed the game, and played solid football.

If I told you before the game Tyler Huntley would be filling in for the rightful MVP of the league, Lamar Jackson, you’d be a little nervous. If I told you the Ravens would let Huntley throw the ball 36 times you’d expect a big old loss. The Ravens deserve credit for letting Huntley have command of this offense. Huntley deserves credit for avoiding the big mistake and stepping up to make the plays he needed to hit on for this game to come out this way.

219 yards and a weird interception of the hands of Mark Andrews is far better than you’d expect from any backup quarterback making his first NFL start. Can we talk about how efficient Huntley was in this game? Wow. That’s all I have to say. Only 10 incomplete passes in your first start? That’s impressive.

2. Mark Andrews is an absolute treasure

As impressive as Huntley was there weren’t a lot of big plays to be had in this game. Marquise Brown was out and the Bears pass rush was intense. Huntley got sacked six times and he needed to either run for his life or get the ball out quick to have a shot in this game. Mark Andrews was the proverbial safety blanket. The Pro Bowl tight end had a strong showing. Andrews got Huntley out of dodge with several impressive grabs.

Andrews had eight receptions for 73 yards. Everyone in the stadium knew that 89 was getting the football. Andrews got clobbered by attention from Bears defenders and he still had a huge performance. Give Mark Andrews the respect he deserves. The Ravens couldn’t win this game without their star tight end. He can make a rough day a lot easier.

3. The inside run is starting to have some life

The Ravens didn’t live off of the run game against the Bears, but it had some moments. Most of the successful runs worked inside against the Bears. This has been an area that the Ravens have been especially struggled with. The game-winning touchdown run was a nice example of power football. Freeman chipped in 49 yards and Latavius Murray had 32 yards. If you take away the runs from Huntley, most of the yards earned came in between the tackles. Was it great? No. It was solid though, and it worked when the Ravens needed it to.

4. This offensive line is as bad as advertised

That doesn’t mean I can’t dog the offensive line a bit here. The Ravens allowed Huntley to get sacked six times. You don’t like seeing your backup quarterback getting clobbered. As elusive and fast as Huntley is, the difference between him and Lamar Jackson was easy to see. There were some plays that Lamar probably could have made something happen that Huntley couldn’t do anything with. This isn’t dogging Huntley. This is pointing out how much of the negatives that Jackson hides.

The Ravens don’t have an answer at right tackle. Pat Mekari got hurt again. The Ravens are seeing free rushers off the edge on a way too often basis. Pass protection is a real problem for this team.

5. Giving up big plays has gotten very old:

The Baltimore Ravens gave up a long touchdown to Darnell Mooney. It was on a short pass. Two defenders got blocked on the outside, fine that happens and the Bears executed. The way the Ravens attempted to rally to the football was problematic. The lack of field tackling made a quick screen pass a long touchdown strike. That took a 6-0 game and made it 7-6. One play erased all the good the Ravens had done up to that point.

So on the 4th and 11, late in the game, the Ravens gave up what probably should have been the game-winning touchdown. Don Martindale had his defense playing Cover 0. The Ravens all of a sudden required a miracle because instead of just giving up a first, they gave up the lead.

The Ravens’ inability to fix their big-play problem on defense is inexcusable. It’s great that Tyler Huntley led a game-winning drive. That said, it’s horrible that the defense put their backup quarterback in that position. Right now, it’s impossible to defend Don Martindale on the 4th and 11. It’s impossible to defend the players on the field on the Mooney touchdown strike in the third quarter. The frustration level with stupid mistakes giving up huge plays at bad moments is through the roof and flirting with the clouds. It’s a problem that the Ravens must not get a pass for.

6. Take out the big plays and this defense has something working:

One of the reasons this is so infuriating is that the defense did so many things correctly in this game. The defense held the Bears to 13 points. The defense forced and recovered a fumble while tallying three sacks. The Bears converted on just two of their 11 third-down attempts. The Ravens got a fourth-down stop and Chicago only had 57 plays on offense.

This could have easily been a day where the Ravens won without us all collectively having a near-death experience. Your heart didn’t need to go through that stress at the end of the game. This was never going to be pretty, but the defense wiped out all the credit it earned for the majority of the game. For a defense that is doing so many things right, these big plays take all the wind out of Don Martindale’s sails. I want to give the defense a standing ovation. Despite admiring a great effort, I’m ranting about their failings at key junctures of the game. That’s the paradox with this defense.

7. Thank you Sammy Watkins

Sammy Watkins is an example of an underrated pickup. Watkins had three receptions for 48 yards in this game. The former Bills and Chiefs star caught Huntley’s first pass and he caught his last pass. Did Watkins get wide open on the play that set up the game-winning score, because of a blown coverage? Yes. It’s just so impressive that he caught a wild pass from Huntley, who had to dodge defenders just to launch the pass into the red zone.

In seven games he’s had 22 receptions for 347 yards. If you take out the Dolphins game (where he seemingly came back a bit too early) he’s having a masterful season considering his role in this offense. He’s been an important player to this team and the Ravens saw him step up in the clutch on Sunday.

NEXT POST: If Baltimore Ravens find consistency, they will win the AFC North

Things are about to get interesting. The Ravens have three divisional opponents in a row. Stay tuned Baltimore.

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Baltimore Ravens vs. Colts: 4 predictions and a score

By Chris Schisler

The Baltimore Ravens take on the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football this week. You have a Sunday to enjoy anxiety-free football. Ravens Flock, it’s totally acceptable to be one-day Chargers fans as they battle the Cleveland Browns. The Broncos may have recently been annoying but watching them beat the Steelers wouldn’t be too bad of an experience for any member of the purple and black community.

Let’s fast-forward mentally to the game we’re all waiting for. The Ravens play a Colts team that has looked disjointed and only has one win. The Ravens are at home and are the heavy favorites. The key here is to play up to the moment and not the level of the competition. If the Ravens attack this like they’re playing the Chiefs, the Colts don’t stand much of a chance. If the Ravens let this get ugly we could have another close call like the Lions game. So how’s this one going? Here are four predictions and a score.

Prediction 1: It’s a bad night to be Carson Wentz

Statistically, Carson Wentz hasn’t been that bad. He has 921 yards with five touchdowns and only one interception. The Ravens pass rush got heated up last week. The Colts came into the season confident about their offensive line but Quenton Nelson is on IR and getting to Wentz is an attainable goal. Wentz has been sacked 10 times this season, while his backup has been sacked once as well.

The Ravens will make the Colts one-dimensional. This will happen for two reasons. First, the Colts will have to be playing catchup with the Ravens offense, an offense that has a lot of confidence, and an MVP caliber quarterback. Secondly, the Colts will have to deal with a defense that has been impressive in the past two games for the most part. The Ravens defensive line is playing well. Justin Madubuike and Calais Campbell are in particular offering a lot of force in the trenches.

What does this mean for Carson Wentz? It means Don Martindale gets to have fun. Marlon Humphrey has the chance to take away Michael Pittman Jr. while Anthony Averett gets to cover Zach Pascal. If the Ravens cornerbacks win their matchups, Martindale can be aggressive with his play-calls. Wentz will have to be guessing all game on who is coming at him and who is dropping back into coverage.

Odafe Oweh and Justin Houston have been strong off the edge and are coming off a game where they had each had a sack. Tyus Bowser has even gotten into the action. Give me the Ravens to get three sacks from their outside linebackers and two sacks from blitzes. Let’s put the Ravens down for an interception and a forced fumble from these blitzes. The matchup has Ravens win all over it. All the Ravens have to do is give Wentz a bad evening.

2. Lamar Jackson has his second 300 yard game in a row as a passer:

The Baltimore Ravens have used their passing game to get most of their work done offensively in the last two weeks. If it wasn’t for Marquise Brown drops Jackson would have been over 300 yards against the Detroit Lions. Jackson had 239 yards passing against the Chiefs and 235 against the Raiders. The passing game is going better than the run game – it’s different for Baltimore but it’s been a nice development. Jackson can carry the offense. The Broncos had the top pass defense last week, Jackson surgically defeated them anyway.

3. The Baltimore Ravens get their record:

Last week the Ravens tied the record for the most games in a row with 100 yards rushing. The Ravens are going to break that record on Monday Night. The Ravens’ run game almost didn’t get it against the Broncos. The run blocking was inconsistent and the running backs didn’t look the part against a solid defense. Guess what? They got 100 yards anyway. Jackson may have 60-70 of the yards but the Ravens will have 120-150 yards on the ground in this contest. If Jackson is rolling as a passer, the Colts can’t sell their soul to stop the run.

4. Sammy Watkins keeps on having a solid season:

Rashod Bateman may or may not play in this game. Marquise Brown is back in good graces after his performance against the Broncos. Sammy Watkins is an under-the-radar option in the Ravens passing game you have to pay attention to. Watkins has had exactly four receptions in each game this season. He’s averaging just over 16 yards per reception. Look for Watkins to get his first touchdown of the season. Jackson and Watkins seem to have great chemistry. He’s on pace to have 68 receptions this year. If Watkins can stay healthy he’ll keep having steady results.

Now the Score: Ravens win 35-10

I have no problem having a bold prediction here. If the Ravens do what they’re supposed to, this should be the clearest and dominant win of the season so far. The Ravens just have to take care of business against a team that lost its first three games of the season (Two of those losses came in Indianapolis). The Colts have only one game with over 24 points on the board this season and it was against the Miami Dolphins. If the Ravens score 28 they should win and I’ll give them 35.

NEXT POST: Baltimore Ravens: Analyzing third down problems for the offense

More content is coming your way Ravens Flock! Monday Night Football has the potential to be much more enjoyable the second time around this season.

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Baltimore Ravens: Analyzing third down problems for the offense

By Chris Schisler

The Baltimore Ravens have had a lot of problems on third down this season. The Ravens are 17-50 on third down attempts this season. This is actually uncharacteristic of the Ravens offense in the Greg Roman and Lamar Jackson era. Efficiency has been the key to their success in past seasons. This year the key has been just avoiding third-down altogether.

Let’s take a look at the third downs on drives that ended in a Sam Koch punt against the Denver Broncos. What went wrong with these plays? How much does play-calling factor into the equation? How can the Ravens improve on third down based on this sample size? Answers are on the way, let’s dive in!

Number 1: A Drop short of the line to gain:

The Ravens’ first drive against the Broncos wasn’t a three-and-out. They managed to pick up the initial third down with a quarterback keeper. It wasn’t blocked particularly well, and it was obviously a play where Lamar was keeping the ball. This led to one of Jackson’s scariest hits of the game, but the Ravens moved the chains.

The Ravens’ next set of downs got them to a 3rd & 8. Sammy Watkins was the intended receiver on an out route run two yards behind the line to gain. Even if Watkins caught the ball, it would have been tough for him to pick up the first down. It’s not the worst play-call in the world as Watkins wasn’t the only read and Jackson did make the right call according to the coverage. I still want the routes to go beyond the first down yardage unless it’s a clever design that sets up the necessary run after the catch.

Number 2: Le’veon Bell gets stuffed

The next Ravens drive saw the Ravens losing the field position battle. On third down and short the Ravens lined up with one back in the backfield. After a motion from the tight end to form a bunch on the left side, the ball was snapped and Le’Veon Bell got the handoff and a whole bunch of nothing. The Ravens ran it right up the gut and the Broncos were ready for it. It’s almost as if you’re known for your running game, teams are ready for a run up the middle on third down. The blocking wasn’t there, the Ravens got pushed back off and the Broncos enforced their will.

Number 3: Never had a chance

The Ravens next drive had the Ravens backed up near their own end zone. It was a third and long and an obvious passing situation. The Ravens lined up in an empty set. What this means is that there was no running back in the backfield and it was five-man protection, completely on the offensive line. Pressure forced Jackson to step up and throw an awkward pass.

Number 4: Latavius Murray gets stuffed

The Ravens had another short-yardage situation on third down. The Ravens motioned Pat Ricard from the left to the right. They ran Latavius Murray right behind him (he almost ran into Ricard). This was another running play up the middle with a little window dressing to go with it. The Ravens should be getting familiar with the result of that method at this point.

Number 5: False Start, Blitz, Sack…

The Ravens were forced into a 3rd & 11 after a false start penalty. The Broncos took the obvious passing situation to send a beautifully executed blitz. Jackson was sacked before the play had a chance to fairly develop.

Last but not least: The same old thing from the Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens needed one yard on third down. They lined up with their fullback and a tight end creating an unbalanced line. This time there was no motion, just the extra blockers to one side. Where did the Ravens run it? You guessed it, right up the gut. What was the result? The same old thing.

That’s what happened, now let’s talk about it:

I’m willing to cut Greg Roman a little slack. The Ravens don’t have J.K. Dobbins or Gus Edwards this year. When you look at the third-down running failures, this makes a huge difference. Le’Veon Bell has barely had time to work in regular-season and the Broncos are a tough way to get going for him. Still, I have some qualms about how the Ravens approach short-yardage situations, especially outside of the red zone.

The most frustrating thing is how ready the opposing defense has been for the Ravens running plays on third down. We’re not even seeing creative calls here. Half the time the pre-snap motion leads the defense right to the running back’s point of attack.

You have to think that these plays are opportunities for Lamar Jackson to make a difference. If the defense is jumping this hard against the run, play-action presents big chances down the field. Pass protection has been better than run blocking, for the most part, this season (I know, it’s weird). If you’re not going to pick up a high percentage of short-yardage situations, you might as well take a shot down the field. That would loosen up the defense for next time.

Jackson is the MVP of this team. On third down, he should more often than not get the chance to move the chains. His dual-threat ability gives him the chance to run or pass for the first down. You have options when Jackson has the ball on the pivotal play.

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What happened to the RPO’s? Safe completions with Jackson rolling out make sense. The key here is to increase the likelihood of a first down, rather than pinning your chances on something the team isn’t doing well. It’s almost as if Roman can’t feel the way the game is going and how the matchup is playing out.

The Ravens are without Ronnie Stanley. At one point in this game, the Ravens were also without Alejandro Villanueva who left with a knee injury. This offense needs all the help it can get when everybody on the planet knows a pass is coming. Roman has to be more careful than lining up Jackson in an empty set. Five-man protection against a likely blitz is putting the offense in a bad spot.

When you boil it down, Roman has some problems to deal with but is culpable for the Ravens’ third down failures. While this is only a sample of third-down attempts against the Broncos, this has been a problem all season long. When the Ravens couldn’t move the ball against the Raiders in key spots, these same tendencies showed up.

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Ravens vs. Broncos: Key game day bullet points

By Chris Schisler

Ravens vs. Broncos by the numbers

  • Denver leads the league defensively with the fewest points allowed this season.
  • The Broncos are a top-three defense in passing yards allowed, and total yards allowed, and rushing yards allowed
  • The Ravens average 185.3 yards rushing per contest, which leads the league
  • The Ravens average 239 yards passing per game.
  • Something has to give. The Ravens’ offense is prolific and averages 27 points per game. The Broncos have been absolutely smothering on defense.
  • Jackson has done so much of the heavy lifting for the Ravens. His passing attempts are up and he leads the Ravens in rushing with 251 yards.
  • The Ravens pass rush is still an issue. Two of their five sacks have come from secondary players blitzing (Tavon Young, Chuck Clark)

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  • Sammy Watkins is quietly having a strong season. He has 12 receptions for 208 yards. If Marquise Brown does continue to struggle, the Ravens could lean on Watkins more. He’s the second leading receiver in this offense.
  • Teddy Bridgewater has been a very efficient quarterback for the Broncos. He’s had 76.8 percent of his passes completed. That’s a number that will be hard to maintain and a sign of a quarterback who is feeling it to start the season.
  • Despite drafting a rookie running back in Javontae Williams, the Broncos’ leading rusher is still Melvin Gordon. Gordon has one 100 yard rushing performance this season and is averaging 4.5 yards per attempt.

The turnover battle will be a big key:

  • Lamar Jackson has been responsible for at least one turnover in each game this season. He has to clean up his game against a team that has four interceptions already this season.
  • Denver protects the football. They’ve only given it up twice this year and Teddy Bridgewater, who has revived his career with the Broncos, hasn’t thrown an interception.
  • The weather won’t be a factor in this game as it should be mild temperatures and a sunny day. I guess it beats the frigid winter games the Ravens are no stranger to in Denver.

Notable storylines:

  • The Ravens have activated Le’Veon Bell from the practice squad.
  • Even though Rashod Bateman and Miles Boykin have returned to practice they’re not active for this game.
  • The Ravens are looking for a bounce-back game from Marquise Brown who had several drops against the Lions.
  • The Broncos get their first big test. Beating the Giants, Jaguars, and Jets doesn’t prove anything. The Ravens have a big win on their resume from week 2. If the Broncos can beat the Ravens it would be a statement game for them.
  • Von Miller has returned to NFL prominence with four sacks in the early NFL season. Miller could be on his way to a comeback player of the year award- and may be in the defensive player of the year award.

Key battles in this game:

  • Marlon Humphrey vs. Courtland Sutton: Sutton had nine receptions for 159 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week two. He had five receptions last week. Sutton is the big-bodied play-maker for Denver. Marlon Humphrey is a physical cornerback who can lock down on a key receiver. With no Jerry Juedy in this game, Humphrey may be the only Ravens equipped to stop Sutton.
  • Mark Andrews vs. Kareem Jackson: Mark Andrews got going against the Lions. The Ravens need this to continue in week 4. Kareem Jackson is the strong safety and will likely be the primary player responsible for Andrews down the field. Jackson has had a strong season, already has an interception and a Pro Football Focus grade of 81. This could be a good battle.
  • Ravens offensive line vs. Denver’s front seven: The Ravens offensive line as a unit has been frustrating this season. Alejandro Villanueva and a rotation of Ben Powers and Ben Cleveland at left guard make us have some big questions on the offensive line.

NEXT POST: Baltimore Ravens: 3 keys for the offense vs. Broncos

These are the key pieces of information you need before kickoff. Enjoy some anxiety-free football in the first window of games and get ready for the Ravens in the late afternoon.

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Marquise Brown is set to go off for the Baltimore Ravens

By Chris Schisler

The Baltimore Ravens offense is rolling and Marquise Brown has a big hand to play in that success. Brown torched the Kansas City Chiefs for six receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown. Brown has started the game with 12 receptions in his first two games averaging 15.2 yards per catch.

While it’s only two games and his average output may shift up and down, take a second to see what kind of pace Brown is on. If he keeps his average output at six catches a game and 15.2 yards per reception, he’s looking at 102 grabs for 1,520 yards. That would be next-level kind of numbers. That’s a stat line reserved for a player like Stefon Diggs or DeAndre Hopkins.

Do I think Brown gets quite that high with his production? It’s a long season and the Ravens offense isn’t exactly the air-raid… I’d bet he falls short of the 1,520 yards. Mark Andrews will probably heat up. In the two games of the 2021 season, Andrews only has 77 yards. The passing game will probably develop a bit with Sammy Watkins and eventually with Rashod Bateman.

The pass distribution should even out a bit. It may not be possible for a wide receiver to lead the league in receiving yards in this offense. 1,000 yards is a viable goal though, and the way things are going, Brown should get to that mark.

Marquise Brown is feeling it and you can tell:

Still, Brown is the number one target. Lamar Jackson always wants to get Brown the ball. If Jackson is going to force anyone to be involved it’s going to be Brown. We saw the negative side of that on Sunday Night Football when Jackson threw the ball at the Chiefs triple coverage of Brown. There is no way Jackson is ever going to ignore Brown and this year Brown is getting open at an eye-opening rate.

Brown is playing with a level of confidence and toughness that he hasn’t always had. Take the Raiders game for example. There was a catch where he had to go low and get the football. It was an incredible snag that many receivers wouldn’t have secured. Last year you may not have seen Brown make that catch. It’s not an overreaction. Brown is showing signs of taking extra steps.

This is why I was glad Marquise Brown switched to his old number. It’s not a huge deal, but if it means something to Brown then it’s worth it. He was a superstar at Oklahoma. He’s been good but not great in the NFL. Anything to get him to his full level of swagger is encouraged.

The Ravens always envisioned Brown as their version of Tyreek Hill. Last season fans were expecting the big jump up in production. The hope may be starting to be realized. Nobody in a Chiefs uniform could keep up with Brown on Sunday night. Brown was wide open several times in the big win against the Chiefs.

The Bottom Line is good for Marquise Brown

It would be one thing if Sammy Watkins and Mark Andrews both had huge numbers. Against the Chiefs, no other receiver had more than 57 yards for Baltimore. Watkins had more yards against the Raiders, but Brown had the touchdown and two more receptions in the opener. Brown still has to do the heavy lifting as a pass-catcher. His situation hasn’t changed. Not yet.

When Mark Andrews does get going, and Rashod Bateman finally joins the offense in week four or five, Brown’s situation will actually change. That glowy idea of having an offense that he’s not getting all the defensive attention is coming. Much like the Ravens in general, the best is yet to come. Brown’s had good starts to the season before. Contextually this feels just as good as his first two games in 2019 and it hints at him taking the next steps he’s always been capable of.

NEXT POST: Baltimore Ravens: What we learned week 2

I said all offseason that this was going to be a big year for Marquise Brown. A 1,000-yard season with eight to 10 touchdowns seems like a possibility. That’s a very exciting opportunity.




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Nest Talk: Grading the Baltimore Ravens by position

By Chris Schisler

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The Baltimore Ravens are one of the most confident teams heading into the 2021 season. It’s easy to see why. As long as the Ravens have Lamar Jackson under center, they will offer a very exciting brand of football. Jackson gives the Ravens a chance and he’s got a team around him looking to be one of the best squads in franchise history.

The Ravens have some question marks. There is no such thing as a roster that doesn’t need a little bit of something. As long as there is a salary cap there will always have to be a balancing act of the talent on this roster.

In this nest talk I broke everything down position by position. I decided to give a letter grade for each position group. There is a little bit of projection into these evaluations. One thing I tried to do was leave room for the grade to change a bit during the season. Even the best football analysts will tell you that a football team always looks differently in the middle of the season than they do on paper.

Offense, defense and specialist positions are graded in the Nest Talk video. I used a standard letter grade for this. The fact that you see so many high grades is really exciting. Are the Ravens Super Bowl champs to be? We’ll see. Right now they really look the part. That’s what you want to hear this time of year and it’s the truth.


Please keep checking out the Purple and Black Nest. This was a very offensive line-heavy week. It was a major topic of this video, I talked about how to scout offensive linemen the other day, and our newest writer broke down the offseason for the offensive line.

NEXT POST: Ravens offensive line face lift is key to the 2021 season

We’re going to keep talking about the Ravens up front and of course at every position. The best is yet to come and I thank you from being here at the beginning of out journey!