Despite a mostly poor effort on offense, the Ravens had plenty of chances to come back and take a road game against the Colts.
But the passing game could never find a rhythm and the Colts would ultimately hold, defeating Baltimore 20-13 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Colts picked on Baltimore's troubled secondary all game, with quarterback Andrew Luck throwing for 312 yards and a touchdown. However, the defense was able to force two interceptions and recover two fumbles, which helped them stay in the game. All season long the front seven has bailed this team out. And once again, the red zone defense was exceptional.
But for the second time in five games, the offense didn't hold up their end of the bargain. In wins over Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Carolina, the offense clicked throughout a full four quarters. Today, it was reminiscent of the Cincinnati game, where it took a while to get things going.
Joe Flacco completed 22 of 38 passes for 235 yards and an interception. The rushing attack was limited to 90 yards among three ball carriers, with Justin Forsett leading his teammates with six carries for 42 yards and a touchdown.
The good news is that the Ravens' defense has been a consistent force all season. The bad news is that the offense reverted back to some old characteristics that came to define them a year ago. Poor execution and not making the most of opportunities. While the offense turned the ball over three times, the Ravens' defense forced four turnovers from the Colts. The offense needs to do a better job capitalizing in future games.
The Ravens will travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers next week.