It was far from pretty, but the Baltimore Ravens edged out the Pittsburgh Steelers for a crucial win. It’s time to handout game balls.
Josh Bynes only recently was signed by the Baltimore Ravens, but it didn’t take long for him to make an impact on the field.
In his first game back with Baltimore since 2013, Bynes recorded five tackles and an early interception off of running back Jaylen Samuels. Bynes played like exceptionally well for having sat out the first four games of the 2019 season not being on a team. When Baltimore needed him in a pinch, he stepped up.
Now with Tony Jefferson out for the season with an ACL injury, it’ll be more important than ever for Bynes to keep stepping up and providing a veteran leadership aspect to the team.
Marlon Humphrey has been nothing short of elite in 2019 for the Baltimore Ravens. Through five games, Humphrey has forced three turnovers, including this week’s forced fumble that ultimately gave Baltimore the opportunity to win the game (which they did).
Humphrey has slowed down the best-of-the-best this season, and his performance vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers was no different. JuJu Smith-Schuster had his moments, but Humphrey had the most important play of the game vs. him.
Team’s are beginning to avoid Humphrey and instead challenge the rest of the secondary. Unfortunately, it seems to be working; but that doesn’t take away from the exception play that Humphrey is giving us this year.
When the game is on the line, no player is as clutch as Justin Tucker. Tucker was keeping Baltimore in the game when the offense was continuing stuttering, and wound up kicking the game-winning field goal in overtime.
Can we talk about that field goal for a second? That darn thing looked like it was a miss for sure! Instead, Tucker must’ve channeled his inner Jedi force abilities and pushed it to juuuuuust squeak in there. It was nerve racking to watch, but we should never doubt his kicking prowess.
With a roster spot to fill following safety Tony Jefferson’s season-ending knee injury, the Ravens have signed former Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Jihad Ward to their 53-man roster.
Ward played three games with the Colts this season before he was waived last week. He was a second-round pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2016 draft (44th overall) and played all 16 games as a rookie including 13 starts, finishing with 30 tackles. However, Ward played just five games in 2017 following toe surgery and in 2018 he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys. Ward was one of Dallas’ final roster cuts in 2018, then he was signed to the Colts practice squad before finishing last season on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
Listed at 6-foot-5, 290 pounds, Ward is only 25 years old and has 36 tackles, four sacks and one fumble recovery in 27 career NFL games. Ward will join a defensive line rotation that includes Pro Bowl tackle Brandon Williams, Michael Pierce, Chris Wormley, rookie Daylon Mack, Zach Sieler and Patrick Ricard who plays both tackle and fullback.
Without Tucker, who knows where the Baltimore Ravens are at? Certainly not me. The amount of games that he wins for the team is staggering, and he legitimately should be in the running for MVP votes on an annual basis. The rest of the league may not value kickers, but Ravens Flock will always be thankfully to have the league’s best kicker!