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Blaming Torrey Smith for Sunday's loss is unfair

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Torrey Smith has been the goat of Sunday's game for many fans after his game-ending drop. He doesn't deserve it.

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Torrey Smith has been unfairly labeled as a big goat following Sunday's loss to the Colts. He failed to catch a pass on fourth-and-3 to keep a drive alive. And it's unfair for multiple reasons.

First off, there are no guarantee that the Ravens wouldn't have turned the ball over, or scored even if Smith had made the catch. After all, they were performing poorly all day. But even if they had scored, it only would've forced overtime, there's no guarantee they would've won given the offense's lackluster day combined with the fact the defense was showing signs of being gassed.

Second of all, it's not Smith's fault that the first offensive play resulted in a fumble at a bad spot. Or that Jacoby Jones fumbled at a bad spot, or that the Ravens failed to score at the Colts 3-yard line, or that they walked away with a field goal after the Colts fumbled the kickoff at their own 15.

Even so, Smith seems to have acknowledged his feelings after failing to come up with a crucial play.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I&#39;m sick right now...never been in this position before...very trying times for me on and off the field but I will be better from this</p>&mdash; Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) <a href="https://twitter.com/TorreySmithWR/status/518877136342368256">October 5, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Smith isn't the reason the Ravens lost this game. Multiple factors contributed. It's unfair to place the majority of the blame on one player after he was unable to come up with one play.