if the defense made plays, then how did we lose the game to Charlie Batch?
if the defense made plays, then how did we give up 23 points?
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Not disgraceful at all. Losing on last second FG. Only football game anyway. The important game is Denver.
Team loss this is. Flacco turned the ball over, yes, but the D let Charlie Batch march down the field on them. Multiple times on that final drive, they could have gotten off the field, but noooooooo...
It's sad that everytime Flacco holds the ball for more than 2 seconds, and surrounded by defenders I'm terrified he's going to fumble the ball. Did it AGAIN.
I walked away from this game with two thoughts:
(1) I found myself thinking that the Steelers offense was both more creative and more dynamic than ours. Misdirection plays, WR screens, crossing routes nearly every play, it was beautiful to see. Then our offense would trot out and try to execute a gameplan consisting of hail marys and dump offs. The contrast was startling. This would normally be discouraging, but the fact that their offense was operating at around 50% capacity because of Ben's injury and still clearly outclassing ours from a strategic standpoint was downright depressing.
(2) I was genuinely surprised to see that Rice had 12 carries. It seemed to me like he got more touches than that in the flow of the game. He had 70some yards, 30some coming on the touchdown run, so his average was good enough to keep feeding him and keep the defense on their toes to open up passing lanes. Did this happen? For the umpteenth time, the answer is a resounding NO.
In summary, the offense really played a shit game on top of a shit gameplan. The defense played about how we could fairly expect them to play, well enough to win the game in my opinion. It's harder and harder to win with defense in the NFL and the 2012 Ravens are certainly not going to win on the backs of the defense alone. Unfortunately, the offense still does not look ready to step up and take the reins.
Right now I think the chances are better than 50% that the number of wins the Ravens have left is zero. I keep asking someone, anyone to post specific reasons why they expect them to win any one of the remaining games & the silence is deafening.