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Baltimore Ravens v New England Patriots Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

NFL Week 10: What we learned from Sunday’s games - Grant Gordon

It wasn’t until a stunning playoff upset that last year’s Ravens unraveled in shocking form. The stunners are coming far earlier this time around. Baltimore (6-3) has now lost two of three and has the misfortune of sharing the AFC North with the NFL’s only undefeated team. Lamar Jackson certainly didn’t look like his MVP self yet again, but at least on this night, a more prevalent problem was the defense, lending further detail to just how substantial a blow losing Calais Campbell to an injury was. The Ravens struggled in multiple facets as is often the case when you’re on the wrong end of an upset. However, Jackson fell to 0-6 in his career when trailing by 10 or more points. This isn’t a team built to make comebacks, it’s a frontrunner. And the Ravens’ punishing offense isn’t what it was last year. By the time the Ravens’ loss came to a final, it was difficult to see through the downpour, but it’s quite clear that there are issues aplenty within Baltimore.

NFL Week 10 PFF ReFocused: New England Patriots 23, Baltimore Ravens 17 - Austin Gayle

Despite the inclement weather, Ravens’ Lamar Jackson still completed 24-of-34 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns against New England. He also rushed for 55 yards across 11 attempts. While he did throw a bad interception to J.C. Jackson down the right sideline to end the first half, Jackson was far from the reason Baltimore suffered the loss on Sunday night. Multiple bad snaps put the Ravens’ offense in a bind, and he had several passes dropped in the game.

Ravens first-round rookie linebacker Patrick Queen will not finish PFF’s grading reviews with a strong grade. He ended the game with just one defensive stop and multiple negatively graded plays while playing in coverage against Newton and the Pats’ passing attack.

NFL Week 10 grades: Dolphins grab an ‘A-’ with complete team win, Tom Brady and Buccaneers rebound with ‘A-’ - John Breech

Ravens C-

The Ravens had little to no answer for New England’s ground attack, which was apparent right out of the gate with Damien Harris ripping off five positive runs to begin the game. Those struggles only continued as the game went on and that physicality by the Patriots offense seemed to lead to a lot of frustration on the part of Baltimore, factoring into their eight penalties on the night. The death blow for the Ravens came on either side of halftime where New England was able to score twice and go up by double digits. The weather was certainly a factor at times, but the Ravens came into this matchup the better team on paper and it just never materialized.

The Breakdown: Five Thoughts on Rainy Loss to Patriots - John Eisenberg

The Ravens failed to score 20 points in a game for the first time since Lamar Jackson became their starting quarterback two years ago, but they easily could have surpassed 20 if not for a multitude of self-inflicted wounds on offense. They dropped several passes and committed key penalties. Jackson forced a pass to a covered Hollywood Brown and was intercepted just before halftime, possibly taking points off the board. But the most damaging wounds, no question, were center Matt Skura’s errant snaps. One wrecked a fourth-and-1 gamble in the third quarter. Another sailed past Jackson and forced the Ravens to abort what could have been a winning drive late in the fourth quarter. There were others, as Jackson constantly had to adjust to off-target snaps. Harbaugh was quick to defend Skura. “The balls were wet. The rain was coming down really hard,” Harbaugh said. But he also said the weather shouldn’t be used as an excuse. The reality is Skura also struggled with his snaps a week earlier against the Colts, and whatever the issue is, it can’t continue, period.

Banged-up and limping, Ravens now fighting for their playoff lives - Jamison Hensley

Injuries continue to hit the Ravens, who watched tight end Nick Boyle get carted off the field with a knee injury and nose tackle Brandon Williams get ruled out with an ankle injury. This comes after defensive end Calais Campbell(calf), inside linebacker L.J. Fort (finger) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (ankle) were inactive.

The Ravens (6-3) have gone from a preseason Super Bowl favorite to holding the No. 7 and final playoff spot in the AFC.

“We just have to overcome them,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of the injuries. “I don’t think it does anybody any good to sit there and say, ‘Well, it’s this degree of a problem.’ Teams have them; Guys are going to have to step up, and they’re going to step up. They’re going to step up and play well, and we’re going to be in good shape. I’m not worried about guys stepping up and playing well.”

Without Williams and Campbell up front, the Ravens got run over by the Patriots. Baltimore allowed 121 yards to New England running back Damien Harris, the most since the TitansDerrick Henry totaled 195 yards rushing in last season’s upset loss in the playoffs.

“Our record is what our record is,” linebacker Matthew Judon said. “If we want to change it, we got to change it in the locker room and it starts on the plane, watching this film and being critical of ourselves and being real with ourselves. When we get that fix, you all have seen how dominant we are. When it’s all said and done and all the games are played, that’s when our record really matters.”