Sep 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh reacts during the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
It almost seems like the Ravens underestimated the Raiders coming into this game, which was obviously a big mistake. Despite their past struggles, this is a young team with a lot of playmakers and a new coach who has them playing much better.
While seeing the offense pick things up was nice, the total collapse of the defense was a huge concern. I’m not sure what the Ravens were thinking coming into this game in regards to strategy, but it’s glaringly obvious that they weren’t concerned enough about containing Carr and his receivers.
The Ravens also failed miserably in regards to getting any sort of pressure on the young quarterback, which is a proven way to beat young quarterbacks. Carr was only hit 4 times and sacked once, which is inexcusable against a shaky offensive line.
Now the Ravens head home to figure things out as they will truly be fighting for their season against an impressive looking Bengals team in week 3. Perhaps the home opener will re-energize them. If not, the first 0-2 start of the John Harbaugh era might wind up being the first 0-3 start of the Harbaugh era.
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