The Ravens fell to the Dallas Cowboys 27-17 in Week 11. The RSR staff react here…
The Ravens made this closer than a lot of people expected and could have walked away with a victory in Texas if not for the costly penalties and the secondary being without Jimmy Smith.
The offense continued to sputter and truly gave the defense no chance today. They may still be in first place but there are no moral victories in the NFL.
Anybody get a feeling of deja vu? Another game where the Ravens jump out to an early lead (this time 7-0, not 10-0 like other times this season), then can’t build on it at all. Throw in some ridiculous penalties on the offensive line (hey, Jeremy Zuttah!) to kill drives, and just like that Dallas is back in it. Three rushes for 15 yards in the second half!
Also, once again, the opponents were the ones who made adjustments at halftime, while the Ravens showed that they had no interest in doing just that. Where was the hurry-up that worked so well against Cleveland in the second half? Nowhere to be found. And Dallas – with a ROOKIE quarterback – put on a clinic when it came to running the two-minute drill that the Ravens couldn’t come close to matching.
Once it was made known that Jimmy Smith was out (that’s another thing…how does this team get LESS healthy after 10 days off??) this seemed like a tall order for the Ravens, but that’s a convenient excuse. Again, it was self-inflicted silliness that led to a loss.
Did Breshad Perriman play a snap today?
Ravens hurry up offense pic.twitter.com/Yc64RH2HBq
— Derek Arnold (@BMoreBirdsNest) November 20, 2016
The Ravens defense played well overall against an explosive Cowboys offense but they couldn’t make stops when it mattered most, and they wore down as the game went on.
With the exception of one drive the team looked flat coming out of halftime. Penalties once again were a killer and the offense simply wasn’t able to do enough. The good news is the Ravens still sit atop the AFC North, but the margin is now razor thin.
I’m not disappointed in the loss, really. I expected it. They lost to what could possibly be the best team in the NFL on the road. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise.
What disappointed me about this game is that the game was filled with the same type of mistakes we’ve dealt with for a long time. They handled the clock poorly as time was running out. They committed a million penalties for a gazillion yards. They don’t know when they should call timeouts to save time. These are basic concepts that this team has failed to grasp for far too long.
At least we play a bad Bengals team next week…
The first quarter showed you just how good the Ravens can be when they play together. But injuries, penalties, Flacco making rookie mistakes, and bad play calling kills this team every week.
This defense is real good up front, but without Jimmy Smith, the secondary can’t keep up for an entire game.
100+ penalty yards again will never help you win and it cost the Ravens dearly today.
Flacco continues to make bad decisions. Overall, he looked better today, but he continues to throw to his first read and misses other opportunities around the field. And why do the Ravens continue to the throw short of the first down markers on 3rd down?
The Ravens were crushing the Cowboys in the 1st quarter on the ground. Just manhandling them. So I’ve got an idea! Let’s start passing more with a struggling QB. It doesn’t matter who the OC is… This has been an issue for YEARS!
Optimist says Ravens are 5-5, but in 1st place!
Pessimist says 1st means nothing when you can’t win in the playoffs because you haven’t beaten a team with a winning record yet.
More of the same, I suppose. Costly penalties taking away first downs and points, lapses in the secondary, Flacco having issues with mechanics and errant decision making, play calling on both sides of the ball struggling to stick with what works… at the end of the day, the Ravens were beat by a superior team in nearly every aspect.
That being said, had Jimmy Smith played today and Jeremy Zuttah/Shareece Wright didn’t? I think this was a victory.
But changes clearly STILL need to be made… yet aren’t being made.
What’s the definition of insanity again?
We’ll add more knee-jerk reactions as they roll in…