Ravens Keep Preseason Winning Streak Alive With Victory Over Cardinals
The Baltimore Ravens outlasted the Arizona Cardinals 24-17 in Week 2 preseason play on Sunday to keep their record streak intact.
The victory over the Cardinals extended the Ravens’ preseason winning streak to an incredible 22 games. John Harbaugh’s club has won all of its preseason contests dating back to 2016, with their last preseason loss coming to the Atlanta Falcons back on Sept. 3, 2015.
Baltimore played a handful of their starters, though they each saw very limited snap counts. But once again, the club’s second and third-stringers did more than enough to help the Ravens break through in yet another preseason outing.
Backup Tyler Huntley had a superb outing, completing 13 of 14 pass attempts for 129 yards and a touchdown. Anthony Brown completed 10 of 13 pass attempts for 91 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Rookie tight end Isaiah Likely, taken in round four with the No. 139 selection, led the way with eight catches for 100 yards and a touchdown.
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The Ravens will try to keep their record preseason win streak intact when they host the Washington Commanders on Saturday (7:00 p.m. EST).
Ravens Have Reportedly Offered Lamar Jackson More Than What Cardinals Gave Kyler Murray
If 2023 NFL free agency started today, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson would likely be the most sought-after player on the market.
The 2019 league MVP is entering the fifth and final season of his rookie contract. According to a new report, the Ravens have offered their star QB more than a quarter of a billion dollars.
On Sunday, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that the Ravens have offered Jackson more money than what Kyler Murray received from the Cardinals. Last month, Murray signed a massive five-year contract extension worth $230.5 million.
Earlier this month, Jackson stated that Week 1 is a hard deadline to reach an agreement on a contract extension. The Ravens will open up their 2022 season on the road against the New York Jets on Sept. 11 (1:00 p.m. EST).
2022 Ravens Season Predictions: 11-6 Record & AFC North Division Champions
The Ravens finished 8-9 last season, marking just the second losing season in the John Harbaugh era (2015 was the other).
Baltimore simply couldn’t overcome all the injuries to key players last season. Jackson and Pro Bowl cornerback Marlon Humphrey each missed five games. Fellow star corner Marcus Peters and running backs Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins each missed the entire 2021 campaign after suffering torn ACLs in practice.
Jackson’s 37-12 regular season record simply speaks for itself. As long as he’s healthy, the Ravens are a bonafide championship contender. And with Deshaun Watson set to miss the first 11 games of the 2022 season, the Ravens shouldn’t have to be worried about the Cleveland Browns vying for the AFC North division title.
You can never rule out a Mike Tomlin-coached team in Pittsburgh, but the Steelers do have questions in the secondary, on the o-line and of course at quarterback. So at this time, the AFC North figures to come down to the Ravens and reigning AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals still have questions in the secondary, and even though they added three new starters to the offensive line, there’s no guarantee that they pan out.
Baltimore, on the other hand, doesn’t have any significant roster weaknesses. Jackson, Edwards and Dobbins lead the NFL’s most potent rushing game. Mark Andrews and Rashod Bateman should be enough for Jackson in the passing game.
The usually-stingy defense should rebound with Humphrey and Peters at full strengths. The new super safety duo of Kyle Hamilton and Marcus Williams will further boost one of the NFL’s deepest secondaries.
It will be neck-and-neck between Cincy and Baltimore for the AFC North. But Baltimore is more balanced and deeper on the defensive side, and it will ultimately add up to their first division title in three years.