Without Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams playing full-time in the middle of the defensive line, the Ravens’ front seven is average. That could be crucial in the final months of the season.
NFL analysts and commentators have said that Jackson is the new breed of quarterback and that other teams will try to copy his style in a league that has gone pass-happy. That’s not going to happen.
Anyone who has watched Jackson bloom over what amounts to one full season as the starting quarterback can see how he has changed the energy level of the entire team.
The Ravens’ immediate focus is on the Cincinnati Bengals but gaining momentum going into the postseason has to be a priority as well.
The Ravens find themselves in a new position heading into the second half of the season — as serious contenders.