BALTIMORE — The season seemed to be over before it could really begin in Baltimore, when a devastating series of injuries eliminated stars, decimated the backfield and cast the Ravens off the NFL radar by the end of the preseason. A series of nail-biters — a miraculous field goal to beat the lowly Lions, a frantic comeback to beat the Colts in overtime — did little to wipe away the feeling that, for all of Lamar Jackson’s dazzling play and the team’s spot in first place in the AFC North, the Ravens were hanging on at the very fringes of the AFC playoff conversation. We haven’t talked about them much and neither has anybody else.
A four-touchdown manhandling of an upstart league darling — the Ravens dominated the Los Angeles Chargers, 34-6, on Sunday — figures to change the conversation and raise a few eyebrows.
“Yeah, probably,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “OK with me. We like raising eyebrows in a good way.”
Harbaugh also said he didn’t think the game said anything about the season-long term, just that the Ravens (5-1) had enjoyed a good day.