Steve Balestrieri

November 4, 2019 at 7:16 am ET

The Baltimore Ravens had their bye week to organize to face the Patriots and it was apparent from the opening moments that they used their time properly. And the Patriots now enter their very own bye week with some work to do. 

Baltimore’s operating sport was easy in its inception and executed splendidly as they bludgeoned the Patriots protection to the tune of 214 yards and waltzed away with a 37-20 beatdown of the beforehand unbeaten Pats on Sunday evening in Baltimore. 

The Ravens fully dominated the primary quarter of the sport outscoring the Patriots 17-Zero and did it by operating the ball proper down their throats. The Ravens mentioned they needed to punch New England within the mouth with their operating sport they usually did simply that.

The Patriots did a poor job of setting the sting, there have been uncharacteristic big swaths of open house for the runners to take advantage of and the Baltimore offensive line was clearly the winner of the trenches on Sunday evening. The Patriots had by no means confronted Lamar Jackson and it was clear, his pace was very a lot a difficulty for all of them evening lengthy.

Baltimore dominated that first-quarter very very similar to the Patriots had dominated almost each first quarter this 12 months. It was in the end too large a gap to combat out of. Baltimore ran for 142 yards within the first quarter, virtually double what the Patriots had been permitting in a sport. 

Consequently, it was New England who was making the errors that we usually see the opposition do. Shalique Calhoun leaping offside on the preliminary discipline aim try, giving the Ravens a primary and aim was a harbinger of issues to return. 

And when the Patriots clawed again within the sport at 17-13 and truly seemed to be able to take the lead early within the third quarter, the Julian Edelman fumble and scoop for a 70-yard landing going the opposite approach drove residence that this wasn’t their evening. Though the Patriots answered with a landing drive to shut once more to 4 at 24-20, one might sense the sensation that the Ravens weren’t going to bend anymore. 

The Ravens dominated time of possession from there on happening two lengthy, time-consuming landing drives to blow the sport huge open. They transformed a number of key third and fourth downs to maintain the chains, and the clock shifting of their favor.

The Patriots offense modified issues up offensively tonight and eschewed the operating formations that haven’t been bearing fruit this season and opted to unfold Baltimore out with the receivers out huge, permitting Tom Brady to see the protection and alter the safety after which hit the open man with a fast, quick passing sport. They went to a hurry-up offense, with the hope that it will fuel the Ravens cross rushers and permit them to run the ball later within the sport. 

It was working for a bit, the Ravens protection appeared completely gassed on the finish of the landing drive that reduce the rating to 24-20. The issue was that that they had dug themselves into too deep of a gap to make it work. And the truth that as a result of two huge receivers had been inactive (N’Keal Harry, Gunner Olszewski), the huge receivers had been as gassed because the protection was. *Observe* watch Julian Edelman on his fumble play. However it was all rendered moot when Baltimore answered with an eight-minute scoring drive that gave their protection the remaining they wanted. 

On a brilliant be aware, Mohamed Sanu seems to be a terrific pickup for the offense. In simply his second week with the Patriots, he caught 10 passes for 81 yards and a landing. Edelman caught 10 passes for 89.   The pair are going to be a handful for opponents to cowl down the stretch. 

The problem, nevertheless, continues to be the crimson zone and particularly as soon as the workforce will get contained in the 10-yard line. They don’t have a go-to man or an enormous goal they belief sufficient to assault opponents as soon as they get down shut. And if we wish to be nitpicky right here, the workforce drafted a 6’4, 225-pound huge receiver within the 1st spherical who was inactive on Sunday evening as a result of he wasn’t conceivably “prepared” however activated a decent finish (Ryan Izzo) for the sport who didn’t play a snap on offense? 

So, the Patriots enter their bye week at 8-1 and the #1 seed within the AFC and but to log onto social media tonight, one would assume they’re in dire straits at 1-8. They’ve some self-scouting to do and now have two weeks to organize for the Eagles in Philadelphia who coincidentally are additionally on a bye week this week. 

They’ll file away what they discovered in what doesn’t work in opposition to the Ravens however this isn’t the time to dwell on rematches that received’t occur, if in any respect for 2 months. It’s time to get again on observe and transfer on to Philadelphia. 

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