It’s revenge week here at SB Nation and we’re taking a look at the Baltimore Ravens 2019 schedule to rank their top five revenge games this season.
5. Week 15: New York Jets
This one is the lowest on the top five due to the nature of this so-called ‘revenge.’ C.J. Mosley left the Ravens for a mega-contract in New York. When most argued he could earn anywhere from $10-14 million, the Jets offered a deal with $17 million AAV and $43 million guaranteed. It doesn’t really count as revenge, but it’s on the list due to the Ravens former first-round selection joining another squad in the AFC. The ‘revenge’ is only proving he may miss out on a few wins and playoff wins in the next few seasons.
4. Week 11: Houston Texans
In 2017, Tom Savage threw for 252 yards against the Baltimore Ravens defense. The obvious reason why: Deandre Hopkins. The superstar wideout caught seven balls for 125 yards, torching Jimmy Smith, Tony Jefferson and Brandon Carr at-will. The statline didn’t matter in the end as Baltimore won the football game, 23-16, but the sweet revenge would be shutting down Hopkins and earning another victory against their AFC South foe.
3. Week 10: Cincinnati Bengals (Away)
As Baltimore would love to shut down Hopkins in Week 11, their true nightmare is Week 10. In 2018, it took only 17 minutes from the beginning of the game for A.J. Green to eviscerate the Ravens defense. He caught three touchdowns and nearly outscored the Ravens by himself in that contest. The game also was played at Paul Brown Stadium, which proved to be Joe Flacco’s kryptonite. Maybe, just maybe, 2019 is the year.
2. Week 7: Seattle Seahawks (Away)
Earl Thomas III wanted a contract extension . He was on the final year of his deal and wanted an extension to stay with the team he won a Super Bowl with. This didn’t happen as the Seahawks never gave him a new deal and the veteran safety suffered a leg fracture against the Arizona Cardinals. Now, though, the superstar can serve up his own justice in Week 7 as Thomas returns to Seattle as a member of a new flock.
Week 3: Kansas City Chiefs
Many forget just how exciting this matchup was due the scoring extravaganza between the Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams two weeks prior, but this was a top game of 2018. The eventual MVP of the league Patrick Mahomes II against rising rookie star Lamar Jackson was chaotic and exciting. The Ravens top-notch defense battled it out against Andy Reid’s unique playcalling and fancy footwork of his sophomore quarterback. The Ravens battled back down seven points in the third to jump ahead 24-17 with only four minutes remaining. It took the Chiefs only three minutes to find the endzone to tie the game 24-all. Overtime was exhilerating, but in the end, the Chiefs left the field victorious.
Surely, Baltimore wants another crack at the top-seeded squad from 2018. This will be a heated affair at Arrowhead, I guarantee it.