OWINGS MILLS, MD (NWN) — The Baltimore Ravens came within inches of making some much-needed breathing room at AFC North.
Instead, they fell short in a painful defeat to a division rival – and now coach John Harbaugh’s team has another major injury worrying.
Harbaugh announced Monday that cornerback Marlon Humphrey is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. This news came after the team’s 20-19 defeat That left the Ravens at the top of the division just one game ahead of Cincinnati in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Baltimore (8-4) is only two games ahead of last-place Cleveland and faces a tough schedule down the stretch. The Ravens have won a lot of close games this year, so they shouldn’t feel too sad after going the other way with this one, but with the standings so tight and injuries still big, Sunday’s defeat left Baltimore with a potentially tense ending. Set for regular season.
“As Al Pacino said … an inch here or an inch there, or a second too early, a second too late, that’s perfect,” Harbaugh said in a scene from the film “Any Given Sunday” Referring to. reporters on Monday. “It’s like a classic truth, about football and as a metaphor for life.”
Harbaugh boldly decided to go for a 2-point conversion, with 12 seconds left against the Steelers, and Lamar Jackson’s pass to Mark Andrews remained unfinished. Baltimore now leads 6-2 in fixed games of six points or less.
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Sports Management. With two minutes remaining in Baltimore 13 and Pittsburgh facing second and -2, the Ravens’ Chuck Clark was called to go offside. It looked like a pre-snap penalty might have been on purpose, and if so, it was a clever way for Baltimore—which still had three timeouts—to run the Steelers down the clock way and advance into the zone. Aim to prevent kicking.
Harbaugh was concerned on Monday about whether it was a deliberate offside.
“I don’t need to get into all the strategy of it,” Harbaugh said. “Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t.”
When Pittsburgh scored a touchdown with 1:48 after falling behind seven, the Ravens pulled off an impressive TD drive of their own, and whoever thought the decision to go for 2 resulted in a play call. There is a very open receiver. Jackson’s pass was a bit long, and Andrews may have been a little too casual in reaching for it with one hand.
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Baltimore’s passing game as a whole is slipping, even though the Ravens have healthy receivers Marquis Brown and Sammy Watkins at the same time.
In his last four games, Jackson averaged only 6.0 yards per attempt, with six touchdown passes and eight interceptions. Jackson’s ability to continue plays makes him a threat as both a runner and a passer, but he took seven sacks on Sunday – a sign that the line isn’t defending well enough or that he can deliver the ball quickly. not releasing.
“TJ Watt, he’s a great defender, great sprinter. He was doing his job there,” Jackson said after the game. “We just have to go to the lab and find ways to do things.”
Devonta Freeman had a total of 97 yards to run and receive, most of his season. He also scored Baltimore’s first touchdown in a run of 3 yards.
Baltimore’s defense held the Steelers to three points through three quarters – then allowed 17 in the fourth. Even though the Ravens finished with a big advantage in possession time, Pittsburgh’s defense against the ongoing game looked weak, and Humphrey’s injury leaves the secondary with another major problem.
In addition to Humphrey’s injury, OL Patrick McCreery went into the second half with a hand injury and did not return.
36-23-1. This is the combined record for the last five teams on Baltimore’s schedule. None of them are currently less than .500.
The Ravens play in Cleveland next weekend. This is the second meeting between the teams in three weeks, and they had an open date between the Browns. Baltimore won the first matchup 16–10.
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