Ravens secondary exposed, but lucky win still counts in the standings

October 24, 2010 | Drew Forrester

If last Sunday’s 4th quarter collapse and eventual loss at New England could have been filed under “shoulda, coulda, woulda”, there’s only one spot to file today’s overtime victory over the winless Buffalo Bills.

File it under:  Lucky.

That’s it.

Lucky.

Baltimore escaped with a narrow 37-34 OT triumph, but it was a day marred by inept play from the team’s secondary and the inability to once again take command of a 10-point 4th quarter lead.  The only thing that helped the Ravens?  The REAL Bills showed up just before halftime and at the start of the 3rd quarter, helping take Baltimore from a 24-13 deficit to a 27-24 lead.  And then after the Ravens built the lead to 34-24 in the 4th quarter, the Baltimore defense once again succumbed, this time not to Tom Brady and Deion Branch, but to Ryan Fitzpatrick, some dude named Steve Johnson and former #1 pick Lee Evans, who torched Fabian Washington for 3 touchdowns on the afternoon including the score that made it 34-31 in the fourth quarter.

That catch and run by Evans, who easily avoided yet another high-school-effort tackle attempt by Washington, earned the Ravens cornerback a seat on the bench for the final 5 minutes of regulation and overtime.  It’s rare that a team will bench a starter in mid-game, but such was the performance by Washington on Sunday.  To say he was “suspect” would be kind.

The Ravens eventually got the ball back late in the game with a chance to put it away, but they couldn’t move the ball on a previously-horrible Buffalo defense.  Fitzpatrick then moved the Bills from their own 9 to the Ravens 33 in a little over three minutes, and Rian Lindell connected from 50 yards with 8 seconds to play to send it to overtime.

The Ravens were lucky there weren’t 30 more seconds left or they would have likely lost in regulation.

Lucky.

They’re howling in Buffalo about the Ray Lewis strip in overtime

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