Ravens not looking for ways to lose, but defeats suddenly finding them

December 09, 2012 | Luke Jones

The turnovers resulted in six points for the Redskins, which allowed them to still be in the game for that final touchdown and two-point conversion to send the game into overtime.

“In the second half, I think it was probably just turnovers,” Flacco said. “We did a good job running the ball. The one down in our zone was probably the one that hurt most, on my part. … We just weren’t able to finish.”

Now, we’re left to wonder how the Ravens will finish over the final three weeks of the regular season and beyond. A postseason berth is all but elementary and they remain in excellent shape to win the division, but the Ravens’ quest to earn the No. 2 seed is growing more perilous by the week. They’ll need the New England Patriots to fall to Houston on Monday night to remain in position to seize the spot if they can knock off the Denver Broncos next week.

And even that’s a sobering thought considering the Broncos have won eight in a row and will be coming off extra rest after their Thursday night win in Week 14. The Ravens haven’t beaten a team led by Peyton Manning in 11 years as the former Indianapolis quarterback is having an MVP-caliber season in his first year with his new team.

Yes, the Ravens will be playing at home and coming off a difficult loss. That used to be a combination that meant you could expect a victory.

But the last two weeks have changed those notions.

The Ravens are trying to find their old selves, and that’s a scary reality when you’re entering Week 15. A swagger that was once an absolute is suddenly missing. Perhaps the expected return of veteran linebacker and spiritual leader Ray Lewis will provide the emotional boost they might need to put the last two weeks behind them.

They aren’t scared yet, but you could tell the Ravens were worried in the locker room following Sunday’s overtime defeat. This is the time of year for which Baltimore says it’s built, but a plethora of injuries and inconsistent play on each side of the ball have cost them dearly over the last two weeks.

And those losses have left everyone wondering what to expect next.

“There is no fear; that is not the word I would use,” linebacker Paul Kruger said. “It is definitely an urgent feeling. We have to win. That’s the bottom line.”

3 Comments For This Post

  1. joe of bel air Says:

    Ravens don’t lose at home, they did last week, Ravens don’t lose 2 in a row, they did today. Here’s another unusual occurence that will tak e place in a few weeks, Harbaugh has won one playoff game every year he has been a head coach, not his year.

  2. joe of bel air Says:

    Luke, I asked Drew the same thing. At Harbaugh’s press conference please ask him why he continues to burn unnecessary timeouts. Last week he wasted one challenging a play he had no shot at winning. This week he uses a timeout to avoid a 5 yard delay of game penalty, which enabled Koch to punt from the Redskins 40 instead of their 45. Then he burns a timeout just before the 2 point conversion, knowing we are about to get the ball with 29 seconds, which is more than enough time to get in Justin Tucker field goal range, that is if you trusted Joe Flacco, which he obviously doesn’t. Harbaugh’s time management skills leaves a hell of a lot to be desired.

    (L.J. – I understand the frustration, but what do you expect him to say? He took full accountability for the challenge last week. I’m with you on using the timeout on the punt, but they used the the second one on the two-point conversion with the vision of stopping it. Of course, hindsight being 20-20, you would have liked to have the timeout since they weren’t successful in stopping it, but I disagree with describing it as a “wasted” timeout. You’re trying to win the game there by stopping it, not planning ahead with the thought that you’re not going to stop the conversion.)

  3. unitastoberry Says:

    You have to play 60 minutes in this league in all 3 phases and never let off the gas. This team lets off the gas at times and minus the injuries its like the ArmChair QB says its “Coaching”

Leave a Reply