An injury to longtime quarterback Joe Flacco ushered in the Lamar Jackson era in Baltimore, with outstanding results.
Jackson took over in Week 11 against Cincinnati with the Ravens holding a 4-5 record and head coach John Harbaugh reportedly on shaky ground. However, Jackson led Baltimore to victories in six of their final seven regular season contests – with the only loss being in overtime at Kansas City.
The Ravens won the AFC North in the final week of the season, but they lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Chargers, 23-17.
In the offseason, Harbaugh’s future was solidified with a four-year contract. Jackson is now the man under center, as the Ravens traded Flacco to Denver. Jackson was also given a weapon on offense in the form of Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown, who the Ravens selected with the 25th pick in the NFL Draft.
The biggest offseason change for the Ravens was in the front office, as Ozzie Newsome – the only GM Baltimore has ever had – retired, with Eric DeCosta taking the helm. DeCosta served under Newsome for the past 20 years as first the Director of College Scouting and then Assistant General Manager.
This season will be a great time to check out the explosive Ravens offense in a luxury suite at M&T Bank Stadium. The suites and club level are getting a $24-million refurbishment this offseason. Improvements will include a modernized interior, new televisions, a full-size refrigerator with freezer space, private restroom upgrades, new kitchen cabinets, mirrored backsplashes, and shelving.
AFC North contests against Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Cincinnati are always intense. Baltimore will play each of those teams both home and away in 2019. Other opponents coming to M&T Bank Stadium will be Arizona, New England (Sunday night game), Houston, San Francisco, and the New York Jets. Road battles will take place in Miami, Kansas City, Seattle, the Los Angeles Rams (Monday night game), and Buffalo.