The Baltimore Ravens faced another test and aced another test as they beat the Rams 45-6 on Monday Night Football.
If you didn't buy into the hype surrounding Lamar Jackson and the Ravens before Monday Night, it's now almost impossible not to.
The Rams aren't the force they were a year ago, but the way in which the Ravens took control of this game early and never took their foot off the gas speaks to the rising potential they have to be contending for a Super Bowl come February, 2020.
The Baltimore offense was unstoppable all game, scoring a touchdown on 6 of their 8 total drives in the game. Everything was working. Mark Ingram ran for 111 yards, allowing Lamar Jackson to open up the passing game and thrive on designed quarterback runs. Lamar Jackson finished with 169 yards and 5 touchdown passes while rushing for 95 yards, further building his resume for league MVP. He certainly seems to be the most dynamic player in the NFL and only gets better week-to-week. If it were decided today, he would certainly have my vote; we'll see if the excellence continues in the final 5 games.
The Baltimore defense looked as dominant as ever as they dismantled any plan the Rams had coming into the game. Todd Gurley was held to just 22 yards on 6 carries. Jared Goff looked flustered as he could never find success in finishing a drive and the Rams did not find the endzone once all night. The little success they did find ended in just 2 field goals. There was a really cool moment in the 4th quarter when Marcus Peters, who began this 2019 season in LA as a Ram, picked off Jared Goff with a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch. Peters got into an emotional exchange with recently acquired Rams CB Jalen Ramsey after the game. Judging by the footage, I'm sure they weren't telling each other to have a nice Thanksgiving.
Ravens (9-2): The Ravens have an extreme test coming this Sunday. Think of it as the Super Bowl before Super Bowl. The Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers (10-1) in a cross-conference showdown that every football fan will have their eyes on. Both teams are coming off very convincing victories in primetime and will have the utmost confidence going into week 13.
Rams (6-5): The Rams move back to divisional play as they look to get a win against the Arizona Cardinals (3-7). It really is a must win for the Rams as they remain in the shadows of the NFC West behind the Seahawks and 49ers.