The Baltimore Ravens cruised to an easy win over the New Orleans Saints during Monday Night Football in Week 9, jumping out to a 14-3 lead in the first half en route to a 27-13 victory. It was a relatively stress-free night for the Ravens, whose last three victories had all been by five points or less.
The win was a big one for Baltimore, improving its record to 6-3 and extending its winning streak to three in a row. It also extended a different, more impressive streak for the Ravens.
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Baltimore has now held a double-digit lead in all nine games this season, becoming the first team since the 2011 Green Bay Packers to open the season on such a streak.
That's impressive company, considering those Packers were fresh off a Super Bowl win in 2010 and were in the midst of a 13-0 start to the season. While the Ravens could easily be undefeated as well, they have not been as fortunate, enduring multiple late-game meltdowns and squandering three double-digit leads so far.
Still, Baltimore's hot start is noteworthy given how many injuries the team has already sustained. The Ravens were especially shorthanded on Monday night, missing star tight end Mark Andrews, No. 1 receiver Rashod Bateman and their top two running backs in Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins.
It hasn't been easy for Baltimore, but Lamar Jackson has helped carry the team with another MVP-caliber season so far. The Ravens have also benefitted from a relatively easy schedule thus far playing in a weaker division this year.
Baltimore will earn a much-needed bye in Week 10 before looking to resume its streak in Week 11 against the sputtering Carolina Panthers. The Ravens are currently listed as massive 13-point home favorites for that game on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.
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