Oct 26, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) reacts as he leaves the field following the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Ravens 26-18. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Stop making stupid mistakes and limit bad decisions
The Ravens looked like an episode of The Benny Hill Show on Monday night, missing tackles and making poor decisions in a game that they could have won. These mistakes are quickly piling up after seven frustrating weeks.
Joe Flacco’s game ending interception was one that elicited groans from millions, simultaneously, as he overthrew Crockett Gillmore off his back foot and under zero immediate pressure. It was one of many baffling decisions the veteran QB has made this season.
The Ravens defense looked comical trying to tackle running back Chris Johnson on two plays. On one, he rolled off of Brandon Williams and picked up an additional 60+ yards on a play that was still very much alive (to the chagrin of John Harbuagh).
On another, Johnson bounced off of would be defenders like a live action pinball game on his way to the end zone. Tackling is a fundamental (maybe the most fundamental) part of playing defense that the Ravens seem to have forgotten how to do recently.
The bottom line – let the other team beat you, but don’t beat yourselves.