QB Lamar Jackson, Ravens focused on not letting Bengals loss linger – Baltimore Ravens Blog

October 26, 2021

BALTIMORE – The Baltimore Ravens’ 41-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday left them from first place in the AFC, as well as from first place in the AFC North.

But players insist that the greater margin of defeat in the Lamar Jackson era did not decimate their confidence or championship aspirations. The Ravens (5-2) will not stop in this loss heading into their bye week and will focus on the remaining 10 games.

“We can’t let this beat us twice,” Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell said. “It’s a game. It hurts. It’s going to burn. [It was a] division game at home, but at the end of the day, [we have] There is a lot of football to play. It’s as simple as that.”

Campbell then added: “In the second half of the season, we will be a force to be reckoned with, that’s for sure.”

Despite the loss, the Ravens still matched the best start in franchise history. ESPN’s Football Power Index gives Baltimore an 81.2% chance of making the playoffs (only the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans have a better projection in the AFC).

What that loss to the Bengals revealed was that Jackson’s form of play cannot make up for all of Baltimore’s injuries and weaknesses. The secondary has to cut down on the big plays allowed. The offense has to get more out of its running backs.

An encouraging sign for the Ravens is how balanced they have been through emotional comebacks and big wins. Players did not beat their chests after defeating the Chargers by 28 points on October 17. And they weren’t crouched after falling to Cincinnati by 24 points a week later.

“We just keep going,” Jackson said. “They played a great game. I feel like our guys played a great game too, a little bit here and there. But they got the ‘W’. Let’s go next week. [and] let’s go to work, we’ll see where we went wrong when we watch the movie and [just] move on.”

Baltimore has shown resistance under Jackson. In 2019, the Ravens started 2-2 before getting 12 straight wins. Last season, Baltimore was 6-5 to start in December before winning its last five games of the regular season. In Jackson’s two previous double-digit losses, the Ravens won the next game.

When asked why he’s optimistic about where this team can go, first-round rookie Rashod Bateman said: “Because I know where we are. I mean, we recorded it. The world has seen it. We just have to keep going. doing it”. consistently. So I know we have to do that in the future. “

Here are the Ravens’ two biggest repair items for the bye week:

    • Reduce big pass plays: The Ravens became the third team of all time to allow three 400-yard passes in the first seven games of a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The root of the problem has been involving the receptors. Baltimore has given up 1,200 yards, the worst in the NFL, after the catch, 165 more than any other team. Baltimore, which lost Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters to a season-ending knee injury just before the start of the season, has historically not given up many big plays. Last season, the Ravens allowed nine passes of 30 yards or more, which were the fewest in the NFL. Through seven games, Baltimore has allowed 13 completions of more than 30 yards, which is the most draws in the league.

      “The biggest problem we have on defense right now in terms of big plays is not having guys on the ground,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “That has been an intermittent problem throughout the year. Until we fix that, we’ll be a very mediocre defense, overall. Our boys get it. “

    • Improve the production of runners: Over the past four weeks, Baltimore running backs have totaled 242 yards rushing, ranking sixth among the worst in the NFL. The group of former Pro Bowl running backs, Latavius ​​Murray, Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell, are averaging 3.7 yards per carry this season. This should come as no surprise after Baltimore lost its two best running backs (JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards) to season-ending knee injuries before the start of the season. The offensive line has dealt with various injuries, including a season-ending ankle injury with left tackle All-Pro Ronnie Stanley. Baltimore hasn’t made holes the way it has in the past, and running backs are averaging 1.3 yards, the league-low, after first contact. “We just have to block better, plan better, run better,” Harbaugh said.

The Ravens have a chance to get back on track after the break. Baltimore hosts the Minnesota Vikings before playing with the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears. Those teams have a combined record of 7-13 (.350).

After the Ravens’ largest margin of defeat in four years, Harbaugh emphasized that no one should draw great conclusions from a game.

“We played our worst game of the season, the worst game in a long time,” Harbaugh said. “It is from week to week. A week ago, you’re being crowned the greatest of all time and we’re sitting there saying, ‘Wow, wow, it’s a week.’ Now you want to say ‘What about the running game? What about the passing game? You guys are terrible. ‘ We thought ‘Wow, wow, it’s a week.’ It’s the same message from us. “

Harbaugh then asked how many games the Ravens have left to play.

“The worst we can do is 5-12, I promise you,” he said. “What’s the best we can do? 15-2. So we’re going to be somewhere between 15-2 and 5-12.” That is a guarantee, what we end up being depends on us and how well we play ”.