Say what you will about the Baltimore Ravens, but they certainly don't lack confidence.
Safety Earl Thomas, who has been instrumental to the Ravens defense emerging as one of the best units in the league, got the bold predictions started early as Baltimore geared up to take on the 10-1 San Francisco 49ers, saying that whichever team plays against 9-2 Baltimore in a Super Bowl is going to be in trouble.
Right. About that...the games kind of, sort of have to be played first.
This comes just a few weeks after Ravens tight end Nick Boyle claimed that the ferocious New England Patriots defense "hadn't seen anything like" Lamar Jackson and their offense.
Spoiler warning: Boyle nailed this one. Jackson and the Baltimore offense shredded New England, and are fresh off humiliating the Los Angeles Rams 45-6 on the road. With Jackson slicing up defenses in the air, as well as on the ground, and Thomas overseeing the defense, Baltimore has every reason in the world to be as amped up about their chances as they are.
Jackson and the Ravens look poised to make a deep run in the playoffs thanks to their utterly unique offense and suffocating defense. As it relates to Thomas' bold guarantee of a Super Bowl appearance, it remains to be seen if he jinxed the Ravens, or if he is prophetic and predicted championship glory for Baltimore.