Bob George

November 4, 2019 at 12:08 pm ET

BALTIMORE – Nothing that occurred Sunday evening at M&T Financial institution Stadium in Baltimore ought to have shocked anybody.

Everybody is aware of about Lamar Jackson and his talent set. Everybody is aware of about Mark Ingram. Everybody is aware of {that a} John Harbaugh crew won’t ever be afraid of the Patriots.

The Baltimore Ravens used a strong working assault to manage the ball, chew up the clock and confuse, if not expose, the Patriot protection. The Ravens shook off two doubtlessly damaging first half turnovers to bully the beforehand undefeated Patriots, 37-20. The Patriots knew a troublesome sport was coming, however maybe didn’t count on the beat down they skilled. As has been the case many occasions over time, the Patriots play their worst sport of the yr on Sunday evening (the Ravens have solely crushed the Patriots throughout the common season twice; the opposite win was additionally on a Sunday evening, 31-30 in 2012).

Jackson handed for a landing and ran for 2 touchdowns, changing into the primary quarterback to do that towards a Invoice Belichick protection. He befuddled the Patriots most all sport lengthy with play fakes, choice performs and his working abilities, and save for a couple of drives within the second quarter the place the Patriots appeared to determine him out, the Patriots typically had no reply for Jackson. He completed with 194 all-purpose yards together with 61 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns.

As a crew, the Ravens completed with 210 yards dashing and a 5.1 yards per carry common. Ingram had 115 yards dashing on 15 carries, together with a 53-yard burst on the primary play of the second quarter.

The dashing assault helped the Ravens seal the sport with two decisive drives within the third and fourth quarters. After James White scored on a 1-yard run within the third quarter to make it 24-20 Baltimore, the Ravens went off on a 14-play, 81-yard drive that ate up 8:09 of sport time, culminating with a 5-yard landing move to tight finish Nick Boyle who was broad open within the left flat after a play pretend by Jackson. After a Tom Brady interception by Earl Thomas, the Ravens then went on a 14-play, 68-yard drive that consumed 9:35 of sport time. That drive ended with a one-yard plunge by Jackson. That’s two drives, 28 performs, and 17:44 of sport time. Ultimately, Baltimore had the ball for 37:01, almost a 2 to 1 benefit.

Uncharacteristic Patriot errors additionally helped ship the Patriots to defeat, nearly negating the 2 turnovers the Ravens suffered within the second quarter.

On their first drive of the sport, Baltimore drove to the Patriot 5-yard line. Lawrence Man stuffed Gus Edwards for no acquire, citing fourth down and aim. Justin Tucker comes out for a chip shot area aim, however Shilique Calhoun was duped right into a impartial zone infraction, giving the Ravens first and aim on the 2. Jackson danced in for the landing on the following play after a pretend to Ingram that the Patriots completely bit on, leaving the left aspect fully broad open.

After former Patriot Cyrus Jones fumbled a punt (honk for those who’ve seen Jones muff a punt earlier than) to open the flood gates, the Patriots went on a 13-Zero run to wipe out a 17-Zero deficit and make it 17-13 on the half. The Patriots received the ball for the beginning of the second half, and drove from their 25 to the Ravens’ 30. On first and ten, Julian Edelman took a dump move within the left flat and was corralled instantly by linebacker Patrick Onwuasor. However Onwuasor stripped the ball out of Edelman’s palms, and Marion Humphrey picked up the unfastened ball and ran 70 yards for a landing to make it 31-20. The Patriots answered proper again with a landing due to a hurry-up offense, however the Ravens then put the sport away with these two 14-play drives.

Edelman’s fumble turned out to be the turning level of the sport, and never Jones’ muffed punt. In opposition to some other crew, the Patriots use that muffed punt, and Ingram’s ensuing misplaced fumble, to in all probability win the sport going away. However the Patriots weren’t in that place Sunday evening. Baltimore took again the momentum at dwelling, and by no means let go of it.

Jackson’s passing numbers weren’t astounding, however excellent nonetheless. He completed 17 of 23 for 163 yards and one landing, and a passer ranking of 107.7. Boyle had probably the most catches with 5, whereas Marquise Brown led the Ravens with 48 receiving yards. Once more, these numbers should not eye-popping. It was the bottom sport that helped destroy the Patriots, and numerous Patriot gamers have been seen snapping on the sidelines over the frustration of the Ravens actually working the ball proper down their throats.

If there was any optimistic to be taken from this sport, it was the emergence of recent veteran receiver Mohammed Sanu. He and Edelman each had ten catches, they usually mixed for 170 receiving yards with Sanu hauling in his first landing catch as a Patriot. The opposite optimistic which will be gleaned from this loss was that the Patriots averaged 4.Four yards per carry and that James White, Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel all averaged over 4 yards per carry. The Patriots by no means led within the sport and due to this fact couldn’t use the run sport to beat the Ravens down, though the hurry-up offense was doing a pleasant job till the Ravens offense saved the ball away from Brady and the Patriot offense.

Brady completed with 30 of 46 passing for 285 yards, one landing, one interception and a passer ranking of 80.5. His fourth quarter decide to Thomas was on a foul overthrow to Sanu on a deep submit sample, and Thomas wound up catching what amounted to a punt.

The Patriots now head right into a bye week, then proceed their five-week odyssey of nice quarterback opponents, with the following matchup being a rematch of Tremendous Bowl LII, solely this time they may face Carson Wentz and never Nick Foles. Dallas, Houston and Kansas Metropolis will comply with the Eagles earlier than the Patriots catch a quarterback break. You may cease all of the speak about this protection being “historic”, as a result of all these specialists who mentioned “Wait till the Patriots face an actual offense!” have been proper all alongside.

At season’s finish, with 19-Zero not a risk, the Patriots might thank the Ravens for this spanking except by some means the Ravens win a tiebreaker and host the AFC Championship Recreation. The Patriots can now spend the remainder of the season desirous about nothing aside from profitable one other Tremendous Bowl. They are going to take per week, relaxation up, heal up, and prepare for the continuation of the hardest stretch of the common season.

No loss is an effective loss. The Ravens laid a whuppin’ on the Patriots, no query about it. Time to maneuver on and to maintain the attention on the large prize.


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