The Ravens got off to a nice 4-2 start until the ran into the NFC South. Unfortunately, consecutive losses to the Saints and Panthers have Baltimore limping into the midpoint of the season at 4-4.
In all honesty, that’s a pretty fair record for the talent level available to John Harbaugh. The offense, in particular, is short of playmakers. Joe Flacco has enjoyed a bounce back season in response to competition from Lamar Jackson, but there’s nothing special about Alex Collins at running back or anyone in his receiving corps.
That lack of explosion on offense limits the Ravens’ ceiling. They need their talented, but aging, defense to play great football every week. That allows them to beat mediocre and bad teams, but causes them to really struggle against good and/or great opposition.
Look for Baltimore to hang around the playoff picture all season long, but suddenly it looks like they’re going to finish on the outside looking in. This team did not expect to be sitting in third place in the AFC North at this point in the season. A change a quarterback may be coming to the Charm City sooner than most people expected. All in all, it’s been a decidedly average season in Baltimore.