Baltimore Ravens: Defense has shown us nothing’s changed
New year, same story:
Against the Kansas City Chiefs, a team believed to be destined for a Super Bowl run, the Ravens, surprisingly, had a great grip on the game. They were running at will vs. the Chiefs defense and Baltimore’s own defense was getting pressure and making quarterback Patrick Mahomes uncomfortable all day long. They took a 24-17 lead into the final minutes of the fourth quarter. From there, the story takes its turn.
Suddenly, the Ravens defense forgot how to finish plays, limit the big-play. Tyreek Hill had a huge fourth quarter and doomed Baltimore on an unbelievable play. Mahomes was making inhuman throws and couldn’t be stopped. Suddenly, the Ravens found themselves headed into overtime.
After getting worked on the game-tying drive by Kansas City, we’d hoped the defense would adjust. This was not the case, as they looked gassed and uninterested on what would become the game-winning drive. The tackling was atrocious and despite getting pressure, the team couldn’t finish plays. It was nothing new for Ravens Flock, but it stung nonetheless.
If there’s such a thing as a “moral victory,” it’s that the whole nation saw Baltimore go toe-to-toe with the Chiefs. The other bright side is the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, which is always a good time for Charm City.
The Baltimore Ravens remain a half-game out of first place in the AFC North, but they could’ve taken the top spot with a win vs. Kansas City. Instead, we are sitting on our couch pouting and complaining about a defense that simply doesn’t learn from its past shortcomings .