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Ravens: 3 things we learned from Baltimore’s win over the Patriots

The Baltimore Ravens knocked off the previously undefeated New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. With the Patriots suffering the team’s first loss of the 2019 regular season, falling to 8-1 on the year, the Ravens improved to 6-2 and created a cushion in the AFC North Division.

Although the Ravens had already proven to be on the better teams in the AFC through the first eight weeks of the 2019 regular season, Baltimore managed to solidify itself as a legitimate Super Bowl contender thanks to by far the team’s biggest win of the year. Not only that, but the Ravens proved that the Patriots might just be human after all while the AFC playoff picture should become more and more interesting as the campaign progresses.

A well-rounded and talented group, the Ravens showed the football world that they are here to stay atop the AFC North standings this time around while winning the AFC outright remains very much in the cards for this impressive group.

Lamar Jackson is definitely the real deal

Leading the way for the Baltimore Ravens all season long — especially on Sunday evening against the heralded New England Patriots — second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson is certainly not going anywhere anytime soon. Although being forced to share the spotlight with future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, it was ultimately Jackson that stood out as the Ravens rolled to victory by the score of 37-20.

Truly solidifying his place as one of the best signal callers in the entire NFL — and surely the most versatile — Jackson tallied 163 passing yards, 61 rushing yards and three total touchdowns against New England. With two rushing scores alongside one via the passing attack, Jackson also completed just shy of 74 percent of his passing attempts and produced only 16 rushing attempts. He finished the outing with a 114.5 QBR as well.

John Harbaugh remains one of the best head coaches in the NFL

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh doesn’t get nearly as much love and praise as he should despite serving as one of the few Super Bowl-winning head coaches in the current NFL landscape. While one of Harbaugh’s teams typically rises toward the top of the AFC every few years — at a minimum — this year’s squad might be the real deal after all.

It was abundantly clear that Harbaugh’s men clearly entered the team’s Sunday Night Football matchup against the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots prepared, confident and determined. If Harbaugh can keep his team this engaged going forward, look out for the Ravens…

The Ravens defense is as legitimate as ever

Even with prolific quarterback Lamar Jackson hogging most of the spotlight in the AFC North these days, the Baltimore Ravens are no doubt a talented and very well-rounded team. With the franchise’s high-powered offense currently running on all cylinders, the team’s impressive defensive attack is often a forgotten entity.

However, the Baltimore defense proved a major point on Sunday evening as the Ravens held the Patriots to just 20 points. Perhaps more impressively, only seven of those points came in the second half as the surging AFC North franchise rolled to victory No. 6 on the season.