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The Ravens took care of business in Week 6, beating the Los Angeles Chargers 34-6 at M&T Bank Stadium. RSR staff react to the win here…

Darin McCann

Last week we watched the Ravens’ offense bail out a struggling defense to steal a win from the Colts. The defense needed no such help today, with a dominant performance against a surging offense to key a resounding win. Lamar was OK today, but his heroics were not required.

Nice run game helped the offense capitalize, especially early. Justin Houston was buzzing around all game, finally getting a sack late.

Really nice win, especially with a (wait for it) dangerous Bengals team coming to town to start division play.

Derek Arnold

Wow. I was one of the few that picked the Ravens to win here, but I didn’t expect this. This was the kind of statement win that will have fans all around the NFL raising their eyebrows in disbelief.

If the defense can play like this, the sky is the limit for Baltimore. Every time Austin Ekeler got moving, he was stopped by the first man to meet him. Every throw Justin Herbert made was pressured, and then contested. The gaping holes we saw through five weeks were nonexistent. The impact of DeShon Elliott, upon his return, was immediate and obvious.

They need to show they can do it consistently before we crown them, but this was a huge step in the right direction.

Chad Racine

It was nice watching a game without any stress. This was the defense we’ve all been waiting for and expected before the season started. The Ravens today looked like one of the most complete teams in the league. This was a mauling of one of the best teams in the NFL. Rashod  Bateman looked good in his start minus that bad drop/interception.

The Ravens will shoot up the power rankings this week in the national media… and they deserve it.

Nikhil Mehta

Ravens fans came into this game expecting a dogfight between two of the hottest teams in the AFC, but instead got a good old-fashioned Baltimore beatdown behind the defense’s best performance of the year. Hats off to DC Wink Martindale for holding one of the most explosive offenses this season to just six points. 

The Ravens won in all parts of the game, dominating time of possession and field position along the way. 

The offense didn’t need anything Lamarvelous this week, as they executed a solid game plan from Greg Roman, finding a lot of success on the ground against the Chargers’ weak run defense. 

It’s a statement win from the Ravens, who have firmly established themselves as a top-5 team in the NFL with five straight wins. 

Ben Dackiw

Utter and complete domination.

The defense appears to be back to full strength and that is a very good thing if the Ravens can start a game off with a lead.

We’ve been saying all week that the Ravens would run the ball well today, and the Chargers had no answers for a Ravens running game that FINALLY seemed to get some consistency from its three members.

Devonta Freeman looked good, especially with certified grown man Pat Ricard blocking for him.

I know it was the Chargers run D, but doing this without Nick Boyle is impressive.

Sammy Watkins’ absence proved to be no big deal as Lamar did a good job spreading the ball out.

Take out the picks, and Lamar had a very good day, though he needs make the decision to scramble sooner when the pocket starts collapsing.

(I’ve been waiting to use this one)

On to Cincinnati…

Kevin McNelis

So, uh… did ANYONE see that one coming?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled, but you saw the word “shootout” everywhere from prognosticators before this matchup, including myself. The Ravens brought the big guns, and the Chargers had theirs confiscated at the airport by TSA before the flight out. Baltimore’s defense was relentless. The run game looked like a multi-headed hydra. This is the kind of game you dream of seeing if you’ve got this kind of matchup against a quality opponent: shut them down, score early and often, and kill the clock.

While Justin Herbert has shown tons of flash and poise in his young career, one x-factor in this game became abundantly clear early: Herbert was not ready to face the Ravens defense at a rocking M&T Bank Stadium. Young QBs, especially rookies, have said time and again that the environment in Baltimore makes it a tough place to play, and today was no exception. If you were one of the faithful packed into the Bank today, way to bring the noise.

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