3 Classes The Ravens Discovered From Loss To Miami

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Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts after being defeated by the Miami Dolphins in the game at Hard Rock Stadium on November 11, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
(Picture by Michael Reaves/Getty Photos)

 

The Baltimore Ravens have been probably heading into Week 10 pondering they might decide up some momentum.

They only got here off a tough fought house victory in opposition to the Minnesota Vikings, the place they prevailed in time beyond regulation.

With many motivated South Florida natives on the roster, Baltimore appeared ahead to a Thursday night time matchup with a struggling Miami Dolphins crew, who had misplaced seven straight earlier than beating the Houston Texans final Sunday.

Sadly for the Ravens and their followers, what appeared like a positive win on the schedule didn’t unfold that approach.

They misplaced to the Dolphins 22-10 in a wrestle of a efficiency.

Whereas it wasn’t the kind of consequence Baltimore hoped for, there have been three major classes the crew may take away from the sport.

 

1. They Want To Begin Higher

After Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard scooped up a Sammy Watkins fumble and took all of it the way in which again for a landing, FOX commentators Joe Buck and Troy Aikman joked that the Ravens had Miami proper the place they needed them.

A graphic was displayed demonstrating the Ravens’ proficiency is getting back from massive deficits this season.

They efficiently accomplished comebacks in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, and Vikings this 12 months.

The sport definitely wasn’t over at 15-3 with numerous time left remaining, however the truth that Baltimore couldn’t overcome a deficit in opposition to a 2-7 crew underscored a major level.

Their resilience ought to be counseled and applauded, however the clock will inevitably strike twelve on them in the event that they hold digging massive holes for themselves.

 

2. Operating Backs By Committee May Doom Them

The Ravens have had some actually unlucky damage luck because it pertains to their backfield.

Operating backs J.Ok. Dobbins and Gus Edwards each went down within the preseason with season-ending accidents.

Since that time, Baltimore has needed to combine and match of their backfield, with the likes of veterans comparable to Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell.

That triumvirate has seen higher days, and Thursday night time’s loss uncovered that weak point.

Miami had no reservations about stacking the road of scrimmage with eight gamers, and aggressively getting into the backfield.

Whereas this was probably achieved to restrict the speeding of quarterback Lamar Jackson, in addition they probably didn’t worry the breakaway velocity of any of Baltimore’s working backs.

Sustaining lanes in opposition to slower gamers was not a precedence of Miami’s, which could lead on Ravens followers to marvel why they didn’t commerce for a Marlon Mack-type earlier than the deadline.

 

3. Certain Up Breakdowns In The Secondary

Regardless of a masterful defensive recreation plan, it’s potential that the Dolphins wouldn’t have overwhelmed Baltimore with out the assistance of two main breakdowns within the Ravens’ secondary.

With the primary half coming to a detailed, Baltimore utterly misplaced Miami large receiver Isaiah Ford on the back-end of the protection.

This led to a 52-yard cross from Jacoby Brissett, which set the Dolphins up for a area purpose to shut the half.

Within the fourth quarter, with Baltimore making a mini-comeback, they’d one other gaffe of their secondary.

Miami large receiver Albert Wilson was left unguarded after he was in movement, and Tua Tagovailoa hit him in stride for a 64-yard catch and run.

Miami would end the drive with a Tagovailoa quarterback sneak, which iced the sport.

Of their Week 9 contest versus Minnesota, the Ravens let Justin Jefferson get free for a 50-yard catch.

Baltimore must right that in the event that they need to play deep into January and February.



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