As the defending Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens have really gotten faltered in ways they didn’t during the 2012 season; they are garbage in close games this year.
The Ravens have lost by six points or less five times this season. With all of the struggles the Ravens have had on offense with Joe Flacco being inconsistent, Ray Rice having a hard time finding room to run, and the offensive line being a total mess, the team hasn’t been good in football games. They can’t close it out. But when you have the multiple issues the Ravens have had over the course of the season, those problems will glow in close games.
However, the Ravens’ defense certainly isn’t perfect. In those five losses by six points or less, the defense has failed to close in the fourth quarter, allowing a Hail Mary against the Cincinnati Bengals, a late field goal to the Pittsburgh Steelers, and failing to get the Cleveland Browns as well as the Green Bay Packers off the field to give the ball back to the Ravens’ offense late in the fourth quarter.
All these things compound themselves, and it looks like it isn’t going to get better anytime soon.
“In the end, it comes down to winning a tight game and doing the things you have to do to win a game and a tight game in tough conditions, making the plays you need to make and not giving them opportunities that they don’t need to have,” Ravens head coach John Harbaugh noted via Baltimoreravens.com.
Maybe it is the nature of the league. Maybe the roster turnover was too much for the Ravens to overcome. But I will continue to believe that the Ravens have no excuses. They believe it is Super Bowl or bust every season. November and December are usually their time to shine, and I think they will do just that.
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