It's officially the close of one of the worst seasons in Baltimore Ravens history. Losing to the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday 24-16, the Ravens finish the 2015 NFL season with a final record of 5-11. That marks the second worst record in franchise history, tying the 2007 season that got former head coach Brian Billick fired and current head coach John Harbaugh hired.
Against Cincinnati, the Ravens held their own early, going into halftime up 9-7 after a late drive ended with a field goal to give them the lead heading into the locker room. After the half though, things quickly got out of control as the Bengals would score 14 unanswered points in the third quarter and would tack on an addition field goal for good measure in the fourth. Quarterback Ryan Mallett would lead the offense down the field for a final touchdown in garbage time that would bring the final score closer than the game really showed.
Part of the Ravens failure in the second half was poor throws by Mallett, one of them being intercepted. The interception gave the Bengals a short field and an easy path to put up a touchdown. Drops, mis-throws, and an awful penalty by safety Will Hill essentially gave the Bengals their second touchdown of the third quarter, putting the game far enough out of reach that the Bengals could just run the ball and play conservative enough to secure their sweep over the Baltimore Ravens this season.
While ending the season on a down note, the Ravens did play well for two quarters before a few bad plays put them too far behind to contend. It will also give general manager Ozzie Newsome a better selection in the draft as a win would have only helped push the Ravens out of the top-10 of April's upcoming draft. A tough season that has some silver linings in it if you look hard enough.