The Ravens overcame a very slow start to beat the Indianapolis Colts, 24-10 in Week 9 of the 2020 NFL season. RSR staff react to the win here…
This game exorcised some demons…the Ravens had lost all six games they had played in Indianapolis. They had lost 20 straight games when trailing at halftime. Both of those bugaboos died. In addition, they set the new record that they tied last week, of consecutive games scoring at least 20 points.
I’ll be honest: like most of you, I was extremely unimpressed during the first half. The Ravens couldn’t catch, couldn’t block..and couldn’t even snap the ball well. They had 55 penalty yards and 55 total offensive yards heading into halftime. They still couldn’t get lined up legally, and after the ball was snapped, couldn’t keep their hands to themselves.
The turning point may have been John Harbaugh’s challenge of the Marcus Peters interception. None of us expected the Ravens to win that challenge, and yet…they did. So right after Gus Edwards‘ fumble inside the five-yard line that ended the promising opening drive of the second half, the Ravens got the ball back…whether they truly deserved to or not. But John deserves credit, because it worked, and turned the tide of the game.
Also, props to the entire offense, but especially Lamar Jackson, for putting up 17 points in the second half after being shut out in the first. Let’s hope those slow starts – which reminded many of us of the Joe Flacco era – don’t become commonplace.
Monster effort from the #Ravens today. Overcame a ton of adversity. Offense answered the bell after the 2nd half. Roman & Jackson got a ton of criticism but we need to give them credit for adjusting. Jackson in particular. He was efficient against one of the best Ds in football.
— Dev Panchwagh (@devpanchwagh) November 8, 2020
It was ugly! But I’ll take it. The offense looked like hot garbage in the first but in the second looked better. The first two second half drives doubled the entire first half production. G
reg Roman needs to view what was working in third and copy cut and paste into next week. Insert some Dez and a healthy Fruit Punch and leggo!
Impressive victory for the Ravens to overcome the injuries and adversity. No Marlon Humphrey, Calais Campbell or L.J. Fort and yet the defense was still pretty dominant. Speaking of dominant not only is Marcus Peters the interception king, it appears Humphrey is rubbing off. Two weeks in a row with a forced fumble and another impressive interception. The defense is still the strength of the team.
Lamar and the offense were out of sync in the first half and made me feel like I took melatonin. They snapped out of it in the second half and gradually took over and dominated the game. Dez Bryant had absolutely nothing to do with that. Maybe fans can temper their expectations now.
I thought the Ravens would go out and smash the Colts today, and for the first half of the game, they were the ones on the bad-end of a beating. Come halftime, they were lucky to be down by just three. That said, the adjustments made by the coaching staff were tremendous, and Baltimore ended up winning rather handily.
– Lamar Jackson once again came out slow, but I don’t believe that was entirely his fault. Overall he wasn’t flashy, but he managed things well and regained the poise he lost last week. Solid road start against a tough defense.
– The rushing attack got much more impressive in the second half, and I still think that has to be the focal point of the offense. However, the Ravens may have found something in the quick passing game, and I think that opened up some holes for runners. Look for more of that moving forward.
– While the Marcus Peters INT was totally bogus in my opinion, the defense gets the game ball today. Facing a ton of adversity with injuries and COVID-related absences, Wink’s unit kept Baltimore in the game in the first half before dominating the Colts in the second.
– This is still the toughest stretch of the Ravens’ season, but going 0-2 to start it could have been detrimental. This will be an underrated win by the end of the year.