The Baltimore Ravens have begun to separate themselves as being arguably the best team in the league. The Ravens have reeled off seven straight wins that have propelled them to potentially lock in the top overall spot in the AFC playoff picture. That has built strong confidence from the team about they stand in their pursuit of contending for the Super Bowl this season. Star safety Earl Thomas has taken a step further with his most-recent comments ahead of Sunday’s showdown between the Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
Ravens’ promising 2019 campaign
As the season has worn on, the Ravens have continued to make tremendous strides forward behind their strong push forward up the standings.
Second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson has led the charge behind his stellar play that has thrust him into the MVP conversation as the frontrunner for the award. Jackson has set numerous NFL records along the way behind his dual-threat ability with his arm and legs that seemingly every opponent is having much difficulty game-planning against him.
. Jackson has set numerous NFL records along the way behind his dual-threat ability with his arm and legs that seemingly every opponent is having much difficulty game-planning against him.
The Ravens are also on pace to be the first team to average more than 200 rushing yards per game in a single season while they lead the league with 35.1 points per contest. Baltimore has also received stout performance from its defense that has been among the most effective units in the league. The Ravens are currently ranked third against the run, fifth allowing 18.4 points per contest, sixth with 18 takeaways this season.
Their balanced play on both sides fo the ball has evoked a strong response from Thomas about his confidence in his team’s chances to contend for the Super Bowl.
Earl Thomas’ Super Bowl guarantee
The Ravens are coming off a convincing win over the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night, where they trounced the reigning NFC champions in a convincing performance.
Next on tap for Baltimore lie the San Francisco 49ers, who are widely as possibly being the best team in the NFC this season. With that in mind, the Ravens’ Pro Bowl safety was asked about it being a possible Super Bowl preview to which he confidently declared that his team is going to be a problem for whoever they face in Super Bowl 54, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN.
“You think the 49ers are going to the Super Bowl?” Thomas said Wednesday. “It could be. Let’s see. … When the Super Bowl comes, whoever we play, they’re going to be in trouble.”
Thomas has zero doubt that Baltimore is on pace to be in the Super Bowl next February, given their dominance on the field. They have all the pieces in place while playing tremendously well on both sides of the ball.
The 49ers could prove to be a big test as they have steamrolled through their 2019 campaign with the lone hiccup being an overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks. A win against San Francisco could make that loud and clear that they are the best team in the league.
49ers will be a tough test
Expectations around the Ravens are at an all-time high as the team continues to mow through their regular season schedule.
Baltimore looks like an unstoppable machine on both sides of the ball while they have impressive wins over the likes of the Rams, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, and Houston Texans. The 49er will provide them with a stern test as they have had much success behind their stout defense while their offense led by Jimmy Garoppolo.
Their performance at home against San Francisco could put an even stronger claim to the recognition that they are the best team in the league as the same could go for their opponent if things go the opposite way around. All of this sets the table for what could be an extremely entertaining matchup in Week 13.