The Baltimore Ravens went into Sunday’s game controlling their playoff and divisional destinies. Sitting at 6-2, coming off a road victory against the Steelers, the Ravens had their eyes set on home field advantage and a first-round bye in the playoffs. The only thing they forgot to do was win the game.
After falling to the lowly3-6 Seahawks 22-17, there are once again more questions than answers surrounding the Ravens offense while the once fierce defense has begun to show weaknesses.
This isn’t the first time the Ravens have been flying high only to come crashing back down to earth. After beating the Steelers in week one, they turned around and lost on the road to the mediocre Titans. Everyone remembers the bore-fest of a Monday-nighter against the Jaguars when the Ravens offense resembled that of a JV football squad. Now this, another loss in a game the Ravens should have won handily; only now the question isn’t how good are the Ravens, but how bad?
To watch the game you would’ve thought the Seahawks were the team playing for something. At this point the 49er’s have all but locked up the NFC West, the Seahawks are only playing for their fans and pride, and they straight took it to the favored Ravens.
From the start, as in their other losses, something seemed off for the Ravens. They came out flat, Flacco seemed uncomfortable, and the defense lacked it’s usual fire. The Seahawks jumped out to a surprising 10-0 lead, and from there the birds were fighting to get back into the game the rest of the way.
We could talk about Ray Rice’s lack of touches, he only carried the ball five times for 27 yards. We could mention David Reed’s two fumbles on kickoffs that handed the Seahawks six points. The fact the Flacco was asked to throw the ball 52 times is the stat that sticks out the most.
Flacco finished the game 29 for 52 for 255 yards with a TD and a pick. The utter lack of a running game doomed the Ravens down the stretch. They weren’t able to set up any play-action passes, the defense was on the field far too long, and Flacco was out of sorts. This is the second time this season when offensive coordinator Cam Cameron should release a public apology for calling an atrocious game, and I hope he learns from it.
For now, the Ravens find themselves stuck right back into the thick of the divsion race. The Steelers (7-3) sit atop the AFC North after beating the Bengals on the road. Next weeks Ravens-Bengals game in Baltimore is massive for both teams.
Once again the Ravens had a chance to quiet all of their doubters and position themselves perfectly for a number one seed in the playoffs. Now, they’re just another team vying for a playoff spot.
Something needs to be said about Marshawn Lynch’s play for the Seahawks on Sunday. He ran hard, 32 carries for 109 yards and a TD. He also caught five passes for 58 yards, none bigger than the clincher where he eluded Ray Lewis and dove for an extra four yards on a key third down. If not for Lynch and kicker Steven Hauschka’s five field goals the Ravens would’ve snuck out of Seattle with a win.
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Written by Frank Sullivan
Frank is a graduate of Old Dominion University, sports fan, author, and founder of TheBloosh.com. He's been working with prosportsblogging.com since April 2011, and has covered the Chicago Bulls, Baltimore Ravens, Virginia Tech Hokies Football, and the Washington Wizards. Frank can be reached @franksullivan on twitter.