Don’t frown because it’s over, smile because it happened.
Or so the old saying goes . . .
While the Ravens season came to an unfortunate end on Saturday night, sometimes it can be therapeutic to revisit the past and remember the journey that was. In this case that especially applies, as Baltimore put together their most successful and exciting regular season in franchise history.
Between winning 14 games (12 straight) and setting historic NFL records, there were no shortage of memorable moments between September and January. Our staff here at Baltimore Beatdown took some time to pinpoint their single favorite memory from the season overall.
Be sure to chime in with your own thoughts in the comment section!
There were plenty of viable choices for my favorite parts of the season. However, I chose what many - including myself - believe to be the defining moment of the team’s success. Against the Seahawks in Week 7, the Ravens faced a 4th-&-3 in the red zone, looking to break a 13-13 tie against Russell Wilson and Seattle. On the sideline, John Harbaugh asked Lamar Jackson - “Do you want to go for that?”. Jackson replied “Hell yeah coach, let’s go for it!” and promptly asked Marshal Yanda if he also wanted to attempt a conversion. Yanda excitedly laughed and said yes.
The result? Greg Roman called QB power and Jackson took it into the end zone himself, giving the team a much-needed cushion on the road, in a hostile environment against one of the best teams in the league. In celebration, Jackson slammed the ball onto the ground and screamed towards the crowd. Between his own words and reaction, this moment truly highlighted Jackson’s competitive spirit and desire to win. In addition, it demonstrated Harbaugh’s trust in his young quarterback to deliver in a high-stakes situation.
More importantly, though, it seemingly ignited a spark throughout the entire roster and fueled the Ravens to win the remainder of games on their schedule.
While it’s nearly impossible to pick a single moment as my favorite from this incredible season, I have decided to go with a play from the very first game. Against the Miami Dolphins in Week 1, Lamar Jackson began his revenge tour against his doubters as he threw for five touchdowns and finished with a perfect passer rating.
The shock of just how much Jackson had improved as a passer was immeasurable at the time for me, even as one of his biggest believers. His 83-yard touchdown pass to rookie WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown was a thing of pure beauty and is probably my favorite play of the entire season. Jackson showed his arm strength and touch on the pass while Brown displayed his blazing speed. This play showed me two things: the vast improvement of Jackson as a passer and the realization that the Ravens really hit on a first-round receiver
My favorite moment of the season was when Eric DeCosta made the trade for Marcus Peters. I was absolutely jubilated when the news broke, especially for the minimal compensation given to the Rams for a player of Peters’ caliber. To make things even sweeter, I knew the Ravens had a special team when Peters picked off Russell Wilson and took it to the house in his first career game as a Raven.
Peters solidified the Ravens secondary and was a big reason why the Ravens didn’t lose a game for the rest of the regular season. I am looking forward to watching the cornerback tandem of Peters and Humphrey for the foreseeable future
Watching Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens travel west to Los Angeles and dismantle the Rams on Monday Night Football was spectacular. The Ravens had the eyes of the entire country on them, in the midst of a modest win streak. The Ravens responded by pummeling the defending NFC champions in all three phases, which propelled Baltimore into the national spotlight.
Lamar Jackson finding Marquise “Hollywood” Brown up the seam was my favorite moment. Hopefully it’s a sign of more to come.
My favorite moment of the 2019 season — without a doubt, is the trade for Marcus Peters.
Eric DeCosta saw weakness in the secondary and rather than sit back and pick up players on waivers or hope somebody begins to step up, he went after a top-flight corner who could produce in 2019 and beyond. A player who matches the skill set of this secondary and adds to their threat both in takeaways and in coverage. He meshes well with the team on and off the gridiron.
My favorite moment of the season was Lamar Jackson’s 47-yard rushing touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite not being fooled by the fake handoff to Mark Ingram, Carlos Dunlap gets beat at the line of scrimmage by Jackson’s incredible speed. After easily eluding safety Jessie Bates, Jackson made the best spin move I saw this season, which caused Nick Vigil to stumble over his own ankles.
It was one of many electrifying plays that we saw Jackson make this season and demonstrated how unstoppable he is in the open field.