The Ravens lost to the Los Angeles Rams 20-19 in Week 17. RSR staff react to the loss here.
Of course, on the day the defense finally shows up and balls out, racking up three turnovers and scoring their first TD of the season, the offense completely fails to live up to their end of the bargain. Chuck Clark found his hands! Brandon Williams and Jaylon Ferguson were in the backfield! Jimmy Smith, Brandon Stephens, and Tavon Young all had huge tackles! It wasn’t enough.
No, the Ravens aren’t in better hands with Tyler Huntley than they are with Lamar Jackson, and that was evident today. Huntley was serviceable, but showed why he was undrafted. He was hardly a game-changer, at least not for the good guys. He showed decisiveness and vision on some throws to Mark Andrews and Rashod Bateman, who he obviously wanted to keep involved. But his interception at the end of the first half gave the Rams much-needed life, his short passes and taking a sack on the final drive were terrible, and he shares responsibility with the coaching staff for the inexcusable delay-of-game penalty that they took at the three-yard line on the second-to-last possession.
Speaking of the coaching staff, Greg Roman was right back to his plodding ways, regularly getting the plays in late so Huntley was snapping it with under three on the play clock, allowing the Rams’ stout front to jump the snap time and time again. They ran a hurry-up with Josh Johnson last week…but they can’t do it with Huntley (or Lamar)? Explain that to me like I’m five, please.
Another valiant effort, sure, but at some point you stop getting points for trying. That’s five straight losses, and with the exception of the Cincy debacle, it’s four by a total of five points. Gut-punch season rolls on.
The #Ravens red zone offense inside the 5 was awful. Same for clock management during the final 2 minutes. A season of heartbreak and frustration. But one of great character just the same.
— Tony Lombardi (@RSRLombardi) January 2, 2022
Is it possible to be so proud and so disappointed at the same time? I feel that way almost every week with this Ravens team, as they give it their all but it’s not quite enough, now for the fourth time in their last five losses. At a certain point, it’s just not meant to be, and this loss likely signals the death knell to their playoff hopes. But what more can you ask for? The defense was outstanding, but the offense just couldn’t convert key plays, and that’s going to happen with a backup quarterback and only one Week 1 starter still playing the same spot on the offensive line.
It’s a lot less stressful when you’re not expecting much. However the Ravens much healthier than last week put up a valiant effort. Having the lead the majority of the game they just couldn’t hold on long enough. The season isn’t over yet but it doesn’t look promising.
I’d also put it on Huntley. We can only excuse him so many times for making rookie-like mistakes. He killed him with his lack of awareness on that final sequence of plays. That penalty was the crusher. #Ravens #RavensFlock https://t.co/BhOJpPJLK1
— Dev Panchwagh (@devpanchwagh) January 2, 2022
Well, that one hurt more than a little bit.
Like so many other times this season, a shorthanded Ravens team battled valiantly, but ultimately fell short. Controlling the game for much of the afternoon, they saw their season’s hopes dashed due to untimely mistakes, poor execution, questionable time management and some “what-could-have-been” drives ending in field goals.
There were some bright spots, but it’s just too dark right now to see them… or care.
I’m sure yet another one-point loss is all Wink and Roman’s fault.
I can’t really be mad at anything except yet another tight loss that could’ve been a win.
Tyler Huntley played well, but folded under pressure in the fourth quarter.
Anyone who blames the defense is wrong.
The playoff hopes are on life support in Baltimore.
Going into this game, I felt the team would win. Throughout pretty much the whole game, I felt the team would win. As soon as it got to 16-14, I didn’t feel good about it.
But then the Ravens went right down the field and on 3rd and goal at the three, they inexplicably take a delay of game. The inexperience of Huntley cost them there but how does Harbaugh allow that to happen? How does he not call a timeout? And then, on the final drive for the Rams, how do you not use your timeouts earlier to conserve time?
The Rams won, despite the turnovers, because of their pass rush. The Ravens had no answers for it and it ultimately cost them.
The Ravens aren’t out of the playoff race but they are on life support. Really needed the Raiders to lose today.