SEATTLE — Daniel Oyefusi, reporter: The Ravens enter the bye week with a 5-2 record and their most impressive win of the season to date. The defense, facing against arguably the league MVP to this point in Russell Wilson, had its best performance. New Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters left his mark in his Ravens debut with a pick-six, Wilson’s first interception of the season, and cornerback Marlon Humphrey made sure he wasn’t outdone with his scoop-and-score. The offense once again left points on the field early but when all else failed, Lamar Jackson took it upon himself and carried the load. With multiple starters likely to return after the bye week, this team is starting to show it came be a legitimate AFC contender.
Peter Schmuck, columnist: Don’t think anybody expected the Ravens to lay a double-digit beating on the Seattle Seahawks at deafening CenturyLink Field, but they played their most complete game of the season and the oblong ball definitely bounced their way when it counted. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson might be an early MVP front runner, but after newly acquired cornerback Marcus Peters pulled off that long pick six, he started to look a little more human. The Ravens defense pressured him all afternoon and scored a second defensive touchdown to remove all doubt. The Ravens will have a very enjoyable bye week before they prepare for their Week 9 showdown with the Patriots, who should have their hands full when they get to M&T Bank Stadium.
Jonas Shaffer, reporter: According to some advanced metrics, the Ravens have the best chance of knocking the New England Patriots off this year. For them to win by 14 in Seattle ... without their top wide receiver ... with their top tight end struggling ... and another defensive starter injured ... you start to see why.
Childs Walker, reporter: If the Ravens end up in the postseason for a second straight year, this will go down as a signature win. They appeared to be on their heels in the second quarter when newly acquired cornerback Marcus Peters turned the tide with a daring pick six. It was exactly the kind of high-risk, high-reward jolt the Ravens defense needed and showed how Peters might bring a different element to the team. From there, the Ravens truly got after Russell Wilson, playing their best defensive stretch of the season after halftime. On offense, the Ravens again leaned hard on Lamar Jackson’s unique magic as a runner. Opponents never truly have the Ravens bottled up, because Jackson can create something out of nothing on even the most dire third downs. It’s an unusual formula, but who’s to say the Ravens can’t ride it a long way?