Which Ravens damage hurt the most? Ranking of the most pathetic games of this season. – Wed News


Josh Bynes did the math, or at least the veteran inside linebacker remembered it. The Ravens’ season had ended 8-9, he said on Monday, as they had not finished the games they needed. Five of their six straight losses at the end of the year were by a combined eight points.

“The whole season has been like this: opportunity after opportunity and just missing it,” defensive lineman Calais Campbell said on Sunday. “There’s a lot of fighting in this team, a lot of heart. It’s tough when you put so much effort and so much energy into it but you can’t make it through. What hurts them the most.”


But which pitfalls really hurt the most? To differentiate the really bad from the really pitiful, The Baltimore Sun ranked the Ravens’ nine defeats by three unscientific criteria: drama (how upsetting or disturbing the ending was), disappointment (how much the outcome fell short of expectations). and damage (how the results of the game greatly affected the team’s season).

The lower the ranking, the more dramatic or disappointing or damaging the loss is. The lower the combined ranking, the worse the game. (In one case, the margin of defeat was used to separate the two games that tied for third.) Here’s how the Ravens’ nine defeats were graded from least pathetic to most pathetic.


9. Bengals 41, Ravens 21 (Week 16)

Drama (9): There was almost no one. After taking a 7–3 lead in the middle of the first quarter, the Ravens were bowled out 38–14 the rest of the way. The only intrigue after halftime was how many passing yards Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow would end up with (525, the fourth-highest in NFL history) and what Ravens and Bengals players would later say (not entirely) about running the score. ).

Disappointment (9): Despite introducing travelman Josh Johnson at quarterback, a secondary filled with practice squad call-ups, the Ravens actually lost to Cincinnati by fewer points than they did in the teams’ first meeting. There was life on crime. There were pleasant surprises on the defense.

Disadvantages (4): The Bengals finished first in the AFC North, completing a season sweep and pushing the Ravens into an “out of win or you’re probably doomed” playoff scenario. Anthony Everett, remaining outside the top corner of the team, was also ruled out of the game with a rib injury at the end of the season.


8. Raiders 33, Ravens 27 (Week 1)

Drama (4): After all these months, it’s easy to forget what it took to get the game into overtime, not to mention what actually happened in overtime. In the final minute of regulation, the Ravens received a 47-yard field goal from Justin Tucker, then dropped a 55-yard field goal to Daniel Carlson. In overtime, the Ravens survived the Raiders’ first-and-goal 1 to 1, only to lose after a strip-sack in the following possession at quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Disappointment (6): The Ravens were field-goal favorites in Las Vegas but had their first game since losing season-opener JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards and cornerback Marcus Peters with knee injuries at the end of the season. No one knew what kind of season awaits both the teams.

Disadvantages (9): The Ravens closed Ronnie Stanley on the left and placed offensive lineman Tyre Phillips on injured reserve after the game, but as the line shuffled, Alejandro Villanueva could at least lose his spot on the right tackle. Five weeks later, the Ravens were 5–1 anyway.


7. Bengals 41, Ravens 17 (Week 7)

Drama (8): After the first half in Baltimore, the Ravens opened the second half with a 39-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to wide receiver Marquis “Hollywood” Brown. By 17–13, they were well positioned for a crucial divisional victory. Then the wheels fell. Cincinnati scored 28 unanswered points as Buro and wide receiver Ja’Mar Chase put the Ravens’ defense to shame.

Disappointment (2): The Ravens had won five coming straight into the game. Bengal were 4-2 but were knocked out in the recent meetings. None of this mattered. In what turned out to be the Ravens’ worst defeat since 2017, Jackson could not solve the Bengals’ blitz or spark the team’s ongoing game. Tackling and coverage were weak in terms of defence. Coach John Harbaugh later called it the Ravens’ “worst game in a long time”.

Disadvantages (8): It wasn’t long before the Ravens came back over AFC North; Cincinnati followed up the road romp with a surprise loss to the New York Jets and a blowout defeat to the Cleveland Browns. The most relevant development for the Ravens came from a right ankle injury to Patrick Macery, which sidelined them until week 11.

6. Packers 31, Ravens 30 (Week 15)

Drama (1): It was almost the ultimate underdog story: a short-handed team without its best player, a Super Bowl favorite, and one play short of its Hall of Fame quarterback. Despite his injuries and illnesses, the Ravens did not leave Green Bay behind by more than a touchdown until the fourth quarter, at which point they scored 13 straight points. Quarterback Tyler Huntley could have made it 15 straight, but he forced a throw to Mark Andrews in a 2-point try and missed an open brown in the middle of the end zone.

Disappointment (8): Who expected Huntley to have a blowout with Aaron Rodgers? With an ankle injury sidelined by Jackson and the Ravens’ defense from the coronavirus outbreak ending, Green Bay was a nine-point favorite in Baltimore. Even in the loss, Harbaugh’s case for the NFL Coach of the Year honor was strengthened.

Disadvantages (7): The loss was the Ravens’ third straight and third two or fewer points, but it did not dramatically change the team’s post-season odds. Because of the AFC playoff picture, the Ravens’ game in Cincinnati next week was always going to be more important.

5. Rams 20, Ravens 19 (Week 17)

Drama (5): Some of the game’s biggest moments didn’t feel extremely important until the end. That was when the Ravens, the better team for most of the afternoon, saw their lead (and playoff chances) crumble in dramatic but familiar fashion: a red-zone flop on offense, a fourth-down conversion and a touchdown on defense. Permission, and a final drive that went nowhere.

Disappointment (7): A week after the firefight in Cincinnati came another game with a poor matchup. Even if the Ravens could limit the rush to tackle superstar defensive Aaron Donald and a scary pass on offense, they still had to stop superstar wide receiver Cooper Kupp with a low cornerback group on defense. The Rams eventually finished the regular season as the most efficient opponent on the Ravens schedule, According to Football Outsiders.

Disadvantages (2): The Ravens needed a win to maintain their playoff chances. His fall sent him down an impossible path to the postseason in week 18 and handed Harbaugh his first five-game losing streak in Baltimore.

4. Dolphins 22, Ravens 10 (Week 10)

Drama (7): Just because it was a shocking upset doesn’t mean it was a particularly watchable game. Both teams punt eight times, and the Ravens did not reach the red zone until their second-to-last drive. Cornerback Xavian Howard’s scoop-and-score gave Miami a 15-3 lead with 11 minutes remaining, and the Dolphins responded to the Ravens’ lone touchdown drive with an end-zone march of their own later in the quarter.

Disappointment (1): “Thursday Night Football” is a breeding ground for strange results, but on paper, Miami went into the game with almost no apparent advantage. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa wasn’t healthy enough to start. His offensive line was one of the worst in the NFL. His talented defense struggled to maintain an offense of less than 30 points. And yet somehow, by defeating quarterback Jacobi Brissette, the Ravens actually managed to hurt their chances of winning.

Disadvantages (5): The Ravens came back from a short-week loss to win their next two games and improve to 8–3, but the Dolphins seemed to give opposing defensive coordinators a blueprint. If Miami’s blitz-heavy approach can frustrate Jackson so much, why not imitate him? Despite Rashod Bateman, Sammy Watkins and Brown being again on wide receivers, Jackson finished with only 5.5 yards per attempt.

3. Steelers 16, Ravens 13 (Week 18)

Drama (3): By about 3 p.m. Sunday, the appeal of the game could have been distilled down to a simple premise: Can the Ravens send quarterback Ben Roethlisberger into near-certain retirement with a loss? Then the Jacksonville Jaguars took a commanding lead over the Indianapolis Colts, and a world of possibilities opened up. The Ravens, handed a playoff lifeline, just couldn’t catch up. They stumbled in the red zone, turning on a crucial fourth-quarter drive and could not finish Pittsburgh in overtime.

Disappointment (4): The Ravens headed to the offseason with a six-game losing streak, their fifth loss by three or fewer points, and their fourth straight loss to Pittsburgh. Even the return of Terrell Suggs to Baltimore could not propel the Ravens past the seriously flawed Steelers team.

Disadvantages (6): The Miami Dolphins’ win over the New England Patriots later on Sunday ended all hope, and the Ravens were expected to make the playoffs, and the number 14 overall pick in the NFL’s draft would be a nice consolation prize. However, that won’t stop Pittsburgh from moving forward for the postseason. If outside linebacker Tyes Bowser’s reported Achilles tendon injury sidelined him for part of the 2022 season, the game becomes even more consequential.

2. Brown 24, Ravens 22 (Week 14)

Drama (6): Cleveland had already taken a 10–0 lead when an ankle injury forced Jackson out of the game, and it entered halftime to lead 24–6. The Ravens slowly worked their way up, but a failed 2-point conversion in the middle of the fourth quarter kept them from pulling off even after their next touchdown. A successful onside kick with just over a minute left kept the Ravens’ hope alive, but they got it to their 45-yard line before turning down the side.

Disappointment (5): Cleveland had a week off to rest and prepare for the second team meeting in three weeks. Meanwhile, The Ravens didn’t have three of their most important blockers – fullback Patrick Ricard, tight end Nick Boyle and McRae – healthy enough to play. Few could have imagined Huntley making the move to finish with 270 passing yards and a 99.7 passer rating.

Disadvantages (1): While this season was Jackson’s worst as a full-time starter, a healthy ankle could still be enough to take the Ravens to a division title, or at least a playoff appearance. Considering the defense’s strong performance in Week 17 and Week 18 and Huntley’s rough play, the Ravens would have won both available games with Jackson. The offense’s ability to play big withered in his absence.

1. Steelers 20, Ravens 19 (Week 13)

Drama (2): After scoring just three points on their first six possessions, Pittsburgh began to push the oncoming Ravens around. A field goal cut the Steelers’ deficit to 13-12 in the middle of the fourth quarter, and a Ravens chased three more outs. On Pittsburgh’s go-forward drive, capped with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Dionte Johnson and a subsequent 2-point conversion, an interception was erased by a defensive penalty inside linebacker Patrick Queen. Jackson needed just 96 seconds to move the Ravens into the end zone, but he couldn’t connect with an open Andrews in a 2-point try, wasting his chance to take a 21-20 lead with 12 seconds Gone.

Disappointment (3): The Steelers were coming off a 41–10 loss to the Bengals, and it was unclear whether they would have star pass rusher TJ Watts available or the rush defense needed to stop the Ravens. They both finished with: Watt finished with a 3 sack, and the Ravens held on for 4.3 yards per carry. As related, Roethlisberger overtook Jackson, who ended a promising game-opening drive with a jump-ball interception and struggled to locate all of the game’s open receivers.

Disadvantages (3): The Ravens ran for a last-minute road win due to their lack of corner depth. Tavon Young was sick and confined. Chris Westery was inactive. Everett was struggling. Most important, however, was the loss of Marlon Humphrey, who suffered a season-end pectoral injury on the Steelers’ forward drive. This left the Ravens without their top two cornerbacks or starting safety DeShon Elliott – and sometimes much more – in the final five games of the season. (Mekari also missed his next two games.) He won neither of them.