PressBox photographer Kenya Allen captured the highs and lows of the Baltimore Ravens’ 2019 season. Here he shares his eight favorite photos of the season and explains why he chose each one.
In a disappointing divisional round playoff loss, Marquise “Hollywood” Brown made what may have been the catch of the year for the Ravens. With the Ravens down, 14-3, to the Tennessee Titans, Brown made reeled in a spectacular one-handed catch in between three Titans defenders (only two are visible in this frame) to set the Ravens up for a field goal just before halftime.
Plowing Through To Paydirt
Mark Ingram dives for a 1-yard touchdown during the Week 6 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. The signing of the former Saints running back during the offseason paid dividends for the Ravens’ run game, as he rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. Equally importantly, he was instrumental in spreading national awareness for the expression, “Big Truss.”
Sling It Sideways
Lamar Jackson showed a great amount of progress in the passing game from his rookie season to this season. One of the things that really stood out was his ability to accurately throw the ball from a variety of launch points. On this play, Jackson delivers a sidearm pass to a receiver during the Ravens’ 41-7 thrashing of the Houston Texans.
The Week 13 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers was easily one of the most exciting games I’ve ever shot. It was also by far one of the most miserable games I’ve ever shot. The cold, heavy rain persisted from pregame to well after Justin Tucker’s walk-off field goal. One of my favorite shots from the game was this one of Patrick Onwuasor celebrating in the hard rain.
Over The Top
The Ravens’ tight ends are collectively one of the most talented and athletic tight end corps in the NFL. Throughout the season, Mark Andrews, Nick Boyle and Hayden Hurst executed a number of risky but exciting hurdles and jumps over defenders. In this photo, Andrews jumps right over Bengals safety Brandon Wilson after turning upfield. Unfortunately, Andrews own leg knocked the ball out of his hands, and Cincinnati recovered. (I have that photo, too, but I won’t make Mark relive it). Even still, this photo captures just how amazingly athletic Andrews is at 6-foot-5 and 250-plus pounds.
Mark Andrews makes the list again with an attempted hurdle over Steelers linebacker Devin Bush during the first matchup against the Steelers at Heinz Field back in October. As you can clearly see, this particular hurdle did not quite work out as originally planned.
Picking Off The GOAT
During the prime-time matchup between the Ravens and the New England Patriots in Week 9, safety Earl Thomas III helped end the Patriots’ bid for an undefeated season by intercepting a Tom Brady pass in the fourth quarter. The interception ultimately led to a scoring drive that effectively put the game away for the Ravens.
Running Into The Record Books
Lamar Jackson came into the Week 15 matchup with the New York Jets needing just 23 yards to eclipse Michael Vick’s record for single-season rushing yards by a quarterback. He secured the record with this 5-yard run during the first quarter.
Photo Credits: Kenya Allen/PressBox