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Ravens Stifle Colts

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The Baltimore Ravens rebounded from their 28-24 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers this week against the Indianapolis Colts. Last week, the two powerhouse teams (Baltimore and Pittsburgh) fought until the final whistle, with Baltimore losing some help along the way. The game came down to two talented defensive units that frustrated the opposing offense.

The Ravens were able to add another tick in the win column against the Philip Rivers-led Colts this past Sunday. With an unusual historical complex, the newer Baltimore team was able to defeat their former franchise foes.

Colts 10 – Ravens 24

While the Pittsburgh Steelers remain the only unbeaten team in the NFL, Baltimore is steadily trailing them in hopes of at least a wild-card playoff birth. Led by a stellar defense, Baltimore was able to force multiple Colts’ turnovers to secure a victory on the day.

Jackson and the Ravens started off a little rough on offense, yet again. Their only first-half touchdown came from Chuck Clark who scooped up a Jonathan Taylor fumble thanks to Marcus Peters. Peters stepped up in the absence of Marlon Humphrey who tested positive for COVID following the loss to the Steelers. Peters also recorded a controversial interception on the day.

The Ravens defense kept the Colts in check for most of the day. The defense consistently pressured Philip Rivers and stifled the run game, minus a few runs in the first quarter. Jonathan Taylor scored the lone touchdown for Indy but was given limited touches following his fumble. Jordan Wilkins handled the bulk of the carries thereafter and managed just 3.5 yards per carry.

Michael Pittman Jr. led all Colts in receiving yards with 56 on four catches. The Ravens continue to disrupt opposing offenses with the help of Calais Campbell, Mathew Judon, Pernell McPhee, Yannick Ngakoue, Tyus Bowser, and Patrick Queen. Campbell exited this contest early with a calf injury. John Harbaugh later stated that the injury was not serious.

Baltimore continued to struggle in the passing game – the theme of their 2020 season. There is a noticeable deficiency without Ronnie Stanley protecting Lamar Jackson after losing him for the season last week. Stanley is considered one of the best tackles in the NFL. Nick Boyle led all Ravens’ receivers in receptions and yards with four catches for 46 yards.

Jackson struggled to connect with his receivers on the day. Miles Boykin and Marquise Brown combined for four catches on the day. Willie Snead added another four catches of his own. Snead seems to be Jackson’s most consistent target at this point.

Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins had limited success on the ground. Dobbins was held to 30 yards on 12 carries (2.5 YPC) while Edwards added just 23 more yards on 11 carries (2.1 YPC) and added a touchdown. Jackson was the most efficient runner on the day, averaging 4.5 YPC on his 13 attempts. To be fair, the Colts’ defense is touted as one of the best run defenses in the NFL.

Baltimore Ravens Outlook

The Ravens improved to 6-2 and are still two games behind their division rival. Pittsburgh continues to play well on both sides of the ball to challenge opponents, although they didn’t perform as expected against the Dallas Cowboys. Despite an outstanding effort from the Baltimore defense, the offense continued to struggle overall. Will Lamar Jackson and the Ravens be able to find their groove before playoffs?

It’s worth noting that Mark Andrews was especially quiet for the Ravens for consecutive weeks. Andrews caught just 6 balls for 54 yards in the past two games, combined. As of now, Dez Bryant is also a non-factor for the Ravens. If Baltimore wants to win the division, they’ll need to find a solution to their passing game woes.

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