For a long while, the Baltimore Ravens’ purple inspired fear in NFL offenses. From Ray Lewis to Ed Reed to Terrell Suggs, teams have known that when you’re going up against Baltimore it’s going to be a fight for every yard. Thus far, this season has been different.
Although Baltimore has a winning record of 4-2, it is being propelled by a red-hot offense for once. Lamar Jackson has improved dramatically from last year. He’s physically stronger and is playing the quarterback position with newfound poise and confidence.
Rookie wide receiver “Hollywood” Marquise Brown has blasted onto the scene and made a name for himself with his impressive speed and quick cuts.
The Ravens’ offensive success has masked a defense that has really been struggling. They have given up over 20 points in three of their last four outings and three of their four wins were by extremely thin margins. Although they are adequately stopping the run, the secondary is being torn up by even average quarterbacks.
Something seems to be missing from the Raven’s defense. They are no longer playing with a passion that can demoralize offenses and win them games; now enter Marcus Peters.
The Ravens took a risk trading for the All-Pro cornerback who has been criticized in the past for causing problems in the locker room, but the move could turn out better than anyone could have ever imagined. Peters is absurdly talented, athletic and smart enough to lock down even the best of NFL wideouts.
And his personality “issues,” could actually spark a return to the level of passion that fueled their former defensive successes. A return to their former defensive identity is necessary, as the offense will have to cool down eventually.
In his first game as a Raven, Peters made his presence known to the Baltimore fan base with a 70-yard pick-six off the hand of Mr. Perfect himself, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (who has not thrown an interception this season until Peters).
If the Peters trade can lead the Ravens towards reclaiming their defensive prowess and continue to build from Sunday's success, the trade will be a huge win.
If the offensive doesn’t completely fall off, Baltimore should have a real shot at breaking into the upper echelon of NFL teams that are real contenders to win the Super Bowl this year.
This post was completed three days before its timestamp. Video content via Twitter was added promptly after Baltimore's game against Seattle Oct. 20.