Good morning to everyone but especially to…
THE BALTIMORE RAVENS
The Ravens have had no problem taking leads this season. Now that they’re turning those leads into wins, look out. Behind a dominant run game and an impressive defense, Baltimore beat New Orleans 27-13, for its third straight win.
- The Ravens ran for 188 yards — their league-high eighth game with at least 150 this season — and Kenyan Drake scored a pair of touchdowns.
- Lamar Jackson did a little bit of everything, throwing for 133 yards and a touchdown to Isaiah Likely and running for 82 yards.
- On defense, Justin Houston had 2.5 sacks and became the first player in Ravens history with at least two sacks in three straight games.
The Ravens are just 6-3, and I say “just” because they’re also one of only two teams to have a double-digit lead in every game. The other is the undefeated Eagles. Turnovers have been a major issue in the three blown leads, but Baltimore has now gone a season-high three straight games with one or zero turnovers.
The Ravens will be favored — perhaps heavily — in all four of those. With the running game dominating and the defense improving, Baltimore is looking very strong.
And not such a good morning for…
FRANK REICH AND THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Reich ends his tenure as head coach in Indianapolis 40-33-1. He had a different starting quarterback in each of his five Week 1 games and, overall, had seven different starting quarterbacks. His firing comes less than two weeks after owner Jim Irsay said he had no thoughts of, well, firing Reich. However, the Colts got shellacked, 26-3, at New England on Sunday and went 0 for 14 on 3rd down in the process.
Then, in a move far more surprising than Reich’s firing, the team named Jeff Saturday Super Bowl XLI champion with the Colts, has never coached at any level above high school and has spent much of his post-playing days as a TV analyst. Combine the firings of Reich and Brady and the hiring of Saturday, and the Colts’ coaching staff does not have anyone with NFL offensive…. Saturday, a six-time Pro Bowler and a