Humbled. That’s what the Ravens were tonight.
After a season of clobbering teams week after week in 2019, they were humbled by the Tennessee Titans in their first playoff game. In Week 3 of 2020, they were humbled once more by the reigning Super Bowl champions. The final score 34-20.
Devin Duvernay — The Ravens were on their heels early. They needed a spark. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs were buzzing. Duvernay responded with the first kickoff return touchdown of the 2020 season.
L.J. Fort — The linebacker contributed with a great fourth down stop and solid tackling.
Nick Boyle — His second career touchdown on a tough catch that he did haul in. Good enough to grace the list.
Gus Edwards — Four carries for 39 yards. Can’t do anything more when he’s not getting the rock.
Justin Tucker — The best kicker in NFL history hit his kicks. The No. 2 choked on a PAT and a field goal.
*= This title does not mean these players are losers. They played a poor game. It happens to the best players and should be taken lightly.
Coaching offense: Ravens averaged 7.9 yards per carry. Remind me why the run game stopped? Why do you constantly panic when down by a single score? Why does Gus Edwards not get the rock? Why did you draft a running back in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft to not use J.K. Dobbins after praising him and saying he’s the best back of the draft? While I typed this Clyde Edwards-Helaire just got another first down.
Coaching defense: Blitzes clearly aren’t the answer on third down. Off coverage isn’t the answer. While it is Andy Reid and some masterful playcalling, you’d think this “star-studded” defense wouldn’t get abused and have the game put away before the second half began. Why is Matt Judon not rushing the passer? He’s covering wide receivers?
Lamar Jackson — Some of it was on the receivers. Some of it was on Jackson. This was a poor game and he missed his targets. A grand total of 97 passing yards tonight.
Mark Andrews: Four drops. Unacceptable.
Marquise Brown: Some of it was on Jackson missing him. Two early drops was still noteworthy.
Offensive line: Allowed four sacks and the Ravens were simply abused.
Pass rush: Matt Judon and Tyus Bowser finally get to Mahomes and can’t finish the sack. No pressure from anybody when necessary. Still can’t get to the quarterback with a blitz.
Marcus Peters: Poor game by the defensive back. Drew a tough assignment and didn’t come out on top tonight.