Ravens are a mystery.
Is Joe Flacco the Super Bowl MVP or the confounding, uneven guy we’ve seen since? There’s been a lot of change in Baltimore, so it’s hard to pin down where Flacco, the onetime highest-paid player in the league, down.
Flacco has never been a QBR darling, his best season was 2010 when he posted a 93.6 rating. Generally, he hovers in the mid-to-high 80’s. He throws a lot of interceptions (130 for his career) which keeps his rating down. The Ravens hold a 7-6 all-time edge over Denver but are 5-1 in Baltimore.
Denver struggles with the Ravens. In fact, Denver struggles with AFC Central teams in general. There’s a defensive mindset and a toughness, particularly to the Steelers and Ravens that proves effective against Denver’s scheme, historically.
So, while history plays against the Broncos, this Ravens team is not quite it’s predecessors and doesn’t hold the esteem it once did under Coach John Harbaugh. An 8-8 2016 campaign, followed by 9-7 in 2017 has kept Baltimore from the playoffs but also from the top of the draft making it difficult for legendary GM Ozzie Newsome to improve the roster.