When you watch Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, it’s easy to be mesmerized by his video-game cuts or his uncanny tendency to deliver sensational plays immediately after he’s made mistakes. Maybe it's just as important that Jackson is a nice person.
What makes the Ravens offense difficult to stop — the novelty of the play calls, the threat of an athletic quarterback as a runner — is also what will force it to evolve.
Joe Flacco likely will spend his final home game at M&T Bank Stadium on the sidelines, but no one should ever forget what he has done for the Ravens franchise.
Here’s what you need to know about the AFC wild card playoff game between the Ravens (10-6) and the Los Angeles Chargers (12-4).
Only 11 players remain from the last Ravens team that made the playoffs in 2014. Those survivors are counseling younger teammates to cherish the opportunity as they prepare to play the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
For every run that nets more than 10 yards, some receiver such as John Brown, Michael Crabtree or Willie Snead IV is out there tying up a linebacker, safety or cornerback.
"It's a brotherhood," Ravens rookie tight end Mark Andrews said. "I think that helps this team, makes this team closer. The teams I've been around, the closer the team, the better you are.”
Chargers star running back Melvin Gordon eventually let the Baltimore Uber driver in on the secret that he was no ordinary passenger when recording their conversation a day before the playoff game against the Ravens.
While fresh-faced quarterbacks have struggled in postseason play, it hasn’t exactly been a case of the young and the feckless.
Right guard Marshal Yanda and slot cornerback Tavon Young were the only players to miss Wednesday’s practice, and Yanda was given the day off as a veteran.
Before Sunday’s game, the secondary had been the strength of the Ravens' top-ranked defense but they needed a GPS system to find the Browns receivers. They weren’t just open but in another ZIP code.
While the wideouts have been contributing to the offense’s rushing attack, Willie Snead IV acknowledged that the reduced number of opportunities to catch passes has been challenging.
Schmuck: Incoming Ravens GM Eric DeCosta will be taking over soon, but Ozzie Newsome isn't going anywhere
Incoming Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta will be taking over soon, but don't expect a dramatic shift in the direction of the franchise.
Over the second half of the season, driven by smart play and bold calls, there has been perhaps no better closer in football than the Ravens defense.
Justin Tucker picked up his franchise-record ninth weekly award after successfully booting all four field goals in Sunday’s playoff-clinching win over the Cleveland Browns.