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Ravens at Colts final: MVP, Winners & Losers

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Well that sure was something! The Ravens rebound from a downright ugly first half to move to 6-2 with the franchise’s first win in Indianapolis. Let’s look at who played a role:


MVP:

Lamar Jackson — There’s no ignoring the first half of this game, which was brutal for both Lamar and the offense as a whole. But after looking completely lost through the first 30 minutes, Jackson and the offense came back and proved why he’s the reigning league MVP: finding receivers open for conversions, scrambling for yardage only he could get, and rolling out for touchdowns. After what looked like the start to a soul-searching loss, Lamar put on a vintage, gritty performance to pull his squad to an ultimately dominant 24-10 win and a 6-2 record for the season.

Winners:

Greg Roman — G-Ro has taken plenty of heat this year, much of it unfair. Hopefully that criticism will die down a bit after the second half performance of this Baltimore offense. The first half was totally lifeless, with the Ravens gaining 55 total yards to Indy’s 201. The score was 10-7 Indy at half, but it felt like 30-0. Whatever he did to adjust for halftime was the magic pill, as the team then proceeded to score [two] unanswered touchdowns — which should have been three without an early third quarter fumble by Gus Edwards inside the Colts’ five yard line.

It can be concerning at times to watch this offense, as they often go through slumps that make them look like a bottom-five unit. Though he’s had help along the way from defensive touchdowns, he has now coached this offense to a record-setting 31 consecutive games of 20+ points, broke the team’s streak of 20 consecutive losses when trailing at the half (a franchise record), and helped lead them to their first W in Indy. That’s definitely something to be proud of.

Marcus Peters — The man once again brought that juice with him. Despite what his detractors may say, Peters has been a rock solid contributor game in and game out for the Ravens since GM Eric DeCosta traded for him halfway through the 2019 season. He forced a fumble for a score, had yet another interception in a crucial moment, and continues to be a much better tackler than most care to admit. Long live the juice.

Chuck Clark — Clark made an awesome play to recover Peters’ forced fumble for a touchdown return, which breathed some life into this Ravens team after giving the Colts a 1st-&-Goal on a pass interference penalty on their second drive. He also joined with DeShon Elliott to break up a third down pass to Jack Doyle later in the game.

Losers:

Matt SkuraSkura looked like a possible cut candidate after the 2018 season, but rebounded beautifully to add unexpected consistency to the center position for the Ravens in 2019. Since his injury late last season, Skura has looked like a completely different player. He’s looked slow, much less powerful, and seemed unable to make a clean snap all game, fumbling once as the ball failed to even leave the ground. He is probably still recovering from his surgery and did have a cut on his snapping hand, but his performance this year has been deeply concerning.

Patrick Mekari — This has more to do with the general lackluster play from the right guard position than it does with Mekari specifically, but he did not play well by any stretch of the imagination. He is constantly being run over and run by, and the Ravens will likely need to make a change if they want to get anything out of that spot on the line for the rest of the season.

Bradley Bozeman — Bozeman has been arguably the best offensive lineman on the team this season, but today was just not his day. He had a handful of plays where he was noticeably out-powered by a defender. This should not be cause for concern — and he did not necessarily have a horrible game — but he has set a decent standard for himself and on a day where the offensive line was the weakest unit on the field, his performance did not help.