Ravens reeling after another painful and embarrassing collapse to Titans - Jamison Hensley
Describe the game in two words. Another collapse. The Ravens lost after leading 21-10 in the third quarter. Lamar Jackson was undefeated in his first 21 games in which he led by at least 10 points. Now, Jackson has lost two of his past three games in which he had a double-digit advantage.
QB Breakdown: Lamar Jackson didn’t get much help outside of tight end Mark Andrews. He connected with Andrews on five completions for 96 yards and a touchdown. With everyone else, Jackson completed 12 passes for 90 yards. Jackson wasn’t much of a factor running the ball (51 yards on 13 carries).
Pivotal play: Embarrassing tackling on A.J. Brown’s 14-yard touchdown catch. The Ravens watched three defenders — Chuck Clark, Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey — fail to bring down Brown before reaching the end zone. Once up 21-10 in the third quarter, Baltimore trailed 24-21 with 2:18 remaining because it couldn’t finish off Tennessee in the fourth quarter.
In between those big plays for Tennessee, Lamar Jackson was able to execute an impressive drive in a hurry-up situation to tie the game and send it to overtime, at least showing that’s something he can execute, even if it has been a weakness of his NFL career to date.
This was something of a bounce-back game for Jackson, though his box score numbers weren’t great. Jackson wasn’t perfect — he made at least one ugly mistake — but he also made an exceptional big-time throw into a tight and closing window to Mark Andrews that was a crucial part of building the lead they would ultimately go on to surrender.
Many had speculated about what the loss of tight end Nick Boyle to injury might mean for Baltimore’s offense and whether we would see them pivot to more speed on offense and a greater role for players like Devin Duvernay. If that is happening, it’s going to be a slow transition, as Duvernay played just 13 snaps on offense against Tennessee, seven of which were passing plays.
Baltimore’s biggest contributions — for better or worse — came on defense. Patrick Queen was again one of their most active players but missed another couple of tackles, including one on Henry where Henry’s trailing cleat kicked off his helmet. Malik Harrisonand Justin Madubuike also saw more than 30 snaps on defense, while Broderick Washington was just behind with 29 among the front seven.
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Dobbins takes over backfield
The Ravens found their lead back for Sunday, but perhaps even longer.
J.K. Dobbins took over the starting running back role in the first half and didn’t give it up, as the rookie tallied 70 yards on 15 carries with a score. He out-carried Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards by 13 and 12, respectively.
Dobbins’ mix of speed and balance was a tough load for the Titans to account for out of the backfield.
Henry corralled — for a while
The Ravens, for all the questions about their defensive front without Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams, hung in well against Henry. For regulation.
But Henry wore down the Ravens in overtime and broke free for the game-winning touchdown to seal things for Tennessee.
Baltimore’s defense did an admirable job stopping Henry, as he had just 4.8 yards per carry even with his final touchdown run. But it wasn’t enough.
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The Tennessee defense’s season-long inability to get off the field on third down plagued it again, but a late third-down stop made all the difference in the team’s seventh win. Baltimore (6-4) converted nine of its first 12 third downs and at one point moved the chains on six third downs in a row. But on a third and 6 with 0:28 left in regulation, with the Ravens threatening a game-winning touchdown at the Tennessee 10-yard line, the Titans forced an incompletion with pressure on Lamar Jackson that made Baltimore settle for a game-tying field goal. Tennessee forced a three-and-out on Baltimore’s overtime possession, but still finished having allowed a 60% conversion rate for the game.
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Bryant took the quick pass, put a stiff arm on Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler and pushed his way forward for a 4-yard gain.
“Of course, being on the field is exciting, but I’m a natural competitor. To me, wins and losses are the only things that matters,” Bryant said. “I’m extremely happy to be a part of the Baltimore Ravens, and that’s the only thing that matters, is wins and losses. I don’t really care about anything else – I just want to win.”
Bryant finished with four catches on five targets for 28 yards. While he had the second-most catches and third-most targets on the team, Bryant mostly caught quick passes in which the Ravens got the ball in his hands when cornerbacks were giving him a big cushion.
Bryant’s best play was a 16-yard gain in which he weaved along the sideline on the Ravens’ game-tying drive.
“We gained yards. [We] gained, like, five yards on each catch, I’d say,” Jackson said. “He did pretty good. We just have to keep putting him in the game.”