#3: Miscues In The Secondary
The Raven’s secondary got completely exposed last night against Tom Brady.
Even without their best receiver in Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots had no problem moving the ball down the field. Tom Brady carved the Raven’s secondary like a Thanksgiving turkey. The quarterback threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns. If it weren’t for mistakes in the Patriot’s special teams, he could have thrown more. There is a reason the guy is the best of all time.
With a depleted wide receiver roster, Tom Brady made them look like hall-of-famers. It did not help that the Ravens #1 corner-back Jimmy Smith got injured in the first quarter. The secondary has struggled all season in his absence. It is uncertain how severe Smith’s ankle injury is and his back-up Shareece Wright has struggled this season.
After Smith left the game, the onslaught began. The speed of Julian Edleman and James White were too much for the secondary and linebackers. Most notably, blown coverage allowed Chris Hogan to catch a wide open 79 yard touchdown pass to put away the Ravens in the 4th quarter.