Baltimore Ravens beat Colts: The Good, bad and ugly
The Baltimore Ravens beat the Indianapolis Colts. Let’s start with the good:
Unlike the Baltimore Ravens, we’re going to start with the good of this game. We’ll get to the first half struggles in the subsequent sections of this post. The first positive is that the defense made the plays to keep the Ravens in the game before the offense woke up in the second half.
Marcus Peters had forced a fumble for the second straight game and Chuck Clark returned it for the first touchdown of the day for the Ravens. That tied the game at seven points a piece. Peters had a huge interception, and he was aided by a surprisingly great challenge from John Harbaugh.
The fact of the matter is that when Philip Rivers wasn’t throwing screens and quick hitters, he was having a bad day. He finished the game 25-43 passing with 227 yards and that important to the Ravens interception. The defense was missing Marlon Humphrey and L.J. Fort and had good performances from players who couldn’t practice this week because of COVID protocols.
Don Martindale called a great game. The Colts got out early but they didn’t have much more to their game plan than what they did in the beginning of the game. The Baltimore defense was stingy and it’s the biggest reason this is a victory. The Colts couldn’t run the ball other than a few nice plays. Michael Pittman Jr. was their leading receiver with less than 60 yards in the contest.
The offense really came alive in the second half. The Ravens were down 10-7 at halftime and they outscored the Colts 17-0 in the second half of the game. That’s how a good team is supposed to respond to a tough first half.
For once in a very long time, the Ravens adjusted their game at the halftime intermission. They let Lamar Jackson throw the football. It worked. The offense got less bottled up and had an eight play drive, and two scoring drives of 10 plays or more in the third quarter. This is a very positive development for the Ravens. They can win a tough game that wasn’t going very well at first, that’s something we need to see more out of this team.