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The Ravens are legitimate Super Bowl contenders on the heels of their record-setting offense.

Now, they will be adding even more playmakers to the mix.

Nick Boyle and Sammy Watkins could be back this week for Thursday night against the struggling Miami Dolphins.

The Ravens are already coming off one of their most dominant performances in Week 9 against the Minnesota Vikings when they had 500 yards of offense, produced 36 first downs, and held the ball for 46:04.

The Ravens lost the turnover battle and gave up a special teams touchdown but still won the game 34-31 in overtime.

They have scored 30 or more points four times in eight games 

It might not always be pretty, but these Ravens are finding ways to win. 

“I’ll just say this; the thing that we’ve been kind of blessed with through all this is that when we’ve made these mistakes, we haven’t stayed in our coverage area, or we haven’t been at the right leverage, or offensively, we’ve had the penalties, we’ve overcome them, but we’ve also paid for them. We’ve paid dearly for them with touchdowns,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “The idea is not to give your opponent anything; it’s to take what you can and give away nothing – that’s winning football. 

“We’ve done a lot of giving, but we’ve also done a lot of overcoming. I’d like to cut down on the giving. Even though it’s Thanksgiving coming up, we’ll be thankful for the overcoming, but we still have work to do.”

Entering this week, Baltimore’s offense is ranked second in the NFL with 427.9 yards per game behind the Dallas Cowboys (434.3 ypg).

The Ravens are (6-2) which sits atop the AFC North and they currently hold the second seed in the AFC playoffs behind the Tennessee Titans (7-2). 

The offense runs through quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is ranked ninth in the NFL with 2,209 yards passing with 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Jackson is also ranked sixth among all players with 600 yards rushing with another two scores.

Jackson has been silencing his critics his entire career and he has had the last word again this season. 

His naysayers claimed he could not win a game when falling behind.

Jackson has proved them wrong and already won three games when trailing by double-digit points. He had been (0–6) as a starter in games where he trailed by 10 or more points before beating the Vikings, Chiefs and Colts.

“I’m not trying to be going to overtime every week,” Jackson said. “Oh my God. But, I just feel our team did a great job, like you said, going to three overtimes this season. We didn’t lay down. We saw the score was tilted early in the game. Our guys just fought. We made a comeback. All phases did a great job.”

Jackson is the first quarterback in NFL history to record multiple career games with at least three touchdown passes and 100 rushing yards. Jackson also accomplished the feat in Week 16 of the 2019 season.

Jackson, who has 600 rushing yards this season, is the first quarterback in NFL history with at least 600 rushing yards in each of his first four seasons. He joins Cam Newton (four seasons) and Vick (four) as the only quarterbacks all-time with four career seasons with at least 600 rushing yards

Hollywood Brown is having a breakout season with 662 yards receiving with six touchdowns. He is showing he can be a true No. 1 wide receiver. 

Now, he has Watkins and rookie Rashod Bateman to take some pressure off of him because both of those players are capable of beating teams downfield. 

The Ravens are one of the NFL’s most dangerous teams at the midpoint of the season.

All this adds up to Super Bowl contenders. 

“I don’t think we’re ever really out of a game, but you hate to be in those situations,” Brown said. “You kind of want to start fast so you don’t have to do that. But if you’re in that situation in the game, I’m confident that we can get it done.” 

 

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