Mike Preston: In unpredictable weather, the Ravens are hoping for another twist of fate

The Ravens may not have used up all their luck in the first half of the season.

There is always such a possibility.

To make it to the playoffs, the Ravens need a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Sunday and defeats to the Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers and Miami Dolphins. By most estimates, The probability of this happening is less than 3.5%, But it’s been a crazy season filled with so many unexpected stories.

If Ravana wins Tyler Huntley Behind Backup Quarterback And as the Colts (in the Jaguars) and Dolphins (vs. Patriots) lose early on Sunday afternoon, all Ravens fans will be sitting around late Sunday watching the Chargers play the Raiders in Las Vegas. And if they’re lucky, the Chargers will be one point behind after scoring a touchdown with one second remaining and Ravens coach John Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman will call a 2-point conversion game.

OK, kidding. But Ravanas need that type of luck.

“Come on now [not] “Keep this season to bed for now, because if we win this game, we just need three-game parleys to hit,” said Ravens defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale. “I don’t want to sound like Pete Rose here, but we just need a three-game parley to hit; a lot of people bet on five and six – not that I’m a gambler.”

In all honesty, the Ravens are lucky at this point, which is a tribute to their front office and coaching staff. He has lost his top three running backs, a Pro Bowl left tackle, a star quarterback, two Pro Bowl cornerbacks, a starting safety and a starting defensive end for a significant amount of time. It shows the depth of the roster assembled by General Manager Eric DeCosta and his staff, as well as preparation for game day by Harbaugh and his coaches.

It also puts the Ravens’ season in perspective: they are an average team playing in a league below average.

His work ethic and philosophy were the keys to a strong start, but he also got a lot of luck. Some might call it luck. In Week 2, the Chiefs trailing Clyde Edwards-Hellair stumbled on the Ravens’ 32-yard line with a 1:26, helping Baltimore take a 36–35 victory. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker hit an NFL-record 66-yard field goal as time ran out to defeat the Lions, 19-17, in Week 3. Colts kicker Rodrigo Blankenship suffered a hip injury in the pregame warmup in Week 5, which is why Indianapolis tried and failed on a pair of 2-point conversions in a 31-25 overtime loss in Baltimore.

Back then, “a win was a win.” Few people cared about how the Ravens played as they won five of their first six matches and at one point was the No. 1 seed in the AFC at 8-3.

Now his luck has changed. The Ravens (8-8) have lost five straight and are out of the playoff picture.

Things began to take a turn for the worse on October 24, when the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Ravens 41–17, and gave notice to the rest of the league that an athletic front seven, especially in the front four, could cause problems for quarterback Lamar Jackson. . Nearly three weeks later, the Miami Dolphins repeatedly pressured Jackson to make a mistake in an ugly 22–10 defeat.

Word was out, and no one knows for sure how Jackson will react as he will miss his fourth straight game on Sunday with an injured ankle. Without Jackson, the Ravens’ offensive weaknesses are exposed. The running game has suffered because Jackson is their only outside threat, and blocking passes is worse because Huntley and travelman Josh Johnson are not as elusive as Jackson.

Forget about big plays. They are no longer present in this crime, and some of that is by design,

Defensively, the secondary road has become a revolving door for free agents. Once regarded as the strong point entering the season, the Ravens are ranked 32nd in pass defense, allowing 220.3 yards per game. At least that’s a new problem this year on top of a continued failure to pressure the quarterback.

After ending the previous season with a divisional-round loss to the Bills, the Ravens were looking to improve on their offense, finishing at No. 1 in the league and No. 32 in passing. He has done so, sitting No. 5 in running and No. 13 in passing. However, he is number 1 in rush defense and last in pass defence. They have gone one step forward and one step back.

But when all injuries considered, it’s a huge achievement that the Ravens are still in the playoff picture, even though there have been some questionable coaching decisions on game day. It’s been a crazy year.

“I don’t know how many times I’ve seen it. I think, as a fan and following other teams, but it’s very rare – just when you put yourself in the position and then, literally, you’re so difficulty and go through various things that [makes it] It’s hard to win a ballgame,” said Ravens defensive end Kallis Campbell. “You do everything you can. We were preparing the same way in those first games when we positioned ourselves, and we were the No. 1 seed and [had] Best record in football. Then, now, we need a lot of help to get to where we are now… It’s definitely a very unique year, and you don’t see it often.”

Campbell added: “It’s definitely painful, depressing, but if people don’t disappoint, I’ll get upset, because it’s something we care about. That’s our livelihood. It’s up to us to be great.” So, it’s certainly been a disappointing year for the most part, but at the same time, there’s hope, and we’re certainly embracing hope, and we We’ll enjoy the moment of being able to play this kid’s game that we so love. But yeah, you don’t see it very often, and it’s definitely painful.”

As much as the Ravens have endured in the second half of this season, they still have a chance.

Maybe they can once again pull the rabbit out of the hat. Maybe his luck is about to change again.

Maybe.