Picking up the pieces after the abrupt end to Baltimore Ravens 2019
We need to leave the pain in the past and look ahead to 2020 after a crushing end to the Baltimore Ravens magical 2019 season.
Let’s do this like we’re taking off a Band-Aid. We’re going to rip it off all at once and go over some real quick thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens disappointing 28-12 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, and then we’re going to toss that disgusting thing in the trash can and move on with our lives. Deal?
For starters, there is plenty of blame to go around for this game. Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards combining for nine carries and 44-yards? Lamar Jackson throwing the ball 59 times and dropping back 70 times in the game? Not good. Inexcusable. Poor job by Greg Roman, John Harbaugh and the Ravens coaching staff.
That being said, the Ravens could have still won this game. Consider the meat they left on the proverbial bone against the Titans:
Do you see the problem here? Granted, they were chasing the Titans pretty much all game, but they out-gained them by 230-yards (530-300). I’m not claiming the Ravens outplayed the Titans by any measure — Tennessee was the better team on Saturday night. But the Ravens weren’t shut down. They didn’t completely “choke” by not showing up. They failed. Plain and simple. The coaches failed. The players failed. Shoot, Poe probably dropped a pass at some point. It was ugly.