The Baltimore Ravens vs the Kansas City Chiefs is the perfect synopsis of Baltimore's 2015 season. The Ravens fought well, played solidly at times and looked like the better team at a few spots. Then they pulled out the gun at the absolute worst times and proceeded to blow off their foot instead of just shooting themselves in it. It ended with the Ravens losing 34-14 and sliding down to 4-10 on the season with only two more games left.
It all started with a personal foul against defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan, a recurring theme from the young defender. It gave the Chiefs a first down instead of forcing them to punt and ultimately led to the first drive of the game drawing first blood as Charcandrick West would bust off a 38-yard run for a touchdown. On that touchdown run, the Ravens would lose cornerback Jimmy Smith for the game as he tweaked his thigh and would be ruled out of the rest of the game.
As if losing another player and giving a team a touchdown wasn't enough, the Ravens would have a fumble and interception returned for touchdowns as well. The fumble by rookie running back Javorius Allen was scooped up and returned 73 yards for the score. A Jimmy Clausen pass was on the mark, but targeted receiver Daniel Brown slipped on his cut and Marcus Peters would return it 90 yards for a touchdown. With the final deficit being 20 points, the three touchdowns given up by dumb or just bad luck plays were clearly the difference, again much like every game this season.
I did mention that the team had it's positive moments. The young defenders got after Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. They would sack him three times for seven yards, all pretty early in the game before things got out of hand and the Chiefs turned more to the run to control the clock. Clausen, even with his two interceptions, looked pretty solid. For most of the game, he had a 100+ quarterback rating, but bad luck bit him just like the rest of the team and brought his numbers down to a more expected 72.5 QBR.
More importantly was how the Ravens receivers stepped up. With so many guys out to injury, not many people see this offense as being a good one or capable of putting points up on the board. Kamar Aiken ended the game with 8 receptions for 128 yards and a score. The touchdown being on a hail mary where he tracked the ball perfectly and put himself in a great position to run in for the score. Jeremy Butler would have 3 catches for 60 yards as well. In the end, the Ravens had 8 players with receptions and 281 yards through the air against one of the best defenses in the league.
As has been the case this year, the bad outweighed the good and the Ravens would lose another game. Hopefully for the team and fans, they won't lose Jimmy Smith or any other players for the remainder of the year due to injury. If there is any good to come out of the loss, it would be that.