Negative: Dreadful offense and horrible game management
Is any Ravens fan out there pleased with John Harbaugh's game management on Sunday's loss to the Colts? Don't think so...
The first drive put together by Baltimore was sublime, to say the least. The defense stopped the Colts on the first drive of the game as the D took the field first. After that, Lamar commanded a 12-play, 80-yard scoring opening drive for the second week in a row.
The offense went dark after that.
With 2:03 second left in the fourth quarter and leading the game, Harbs called for a fair catch that, obviously, led to an automatic two-minute warning that was a gift to the Colts. The Ravens went for three yards on the subsequent drive, spent just 15 seconds doing it, and the Colts went on to tie the game and send it to overtime.
"We were going to fair catch that ball because it was 1:58 [left on the clock], and that was before the two-minute warning," Harbaugh explained after the game. "After the kick return team was out there on the field, [the officials] pumped [the clock] up over two minutes, and we were unable to communicate to him. We were trying, but we couldn't communicate with [Zay Flowers]."
Quoth Harbaugh: "They were winding it. That was unfortunate."
The offense was virtually non-existent in overtime, getting 11 yards on two possessions and going for it on fourth down when they should absolutely avoided doing it, as they handed the game to the Colts in a platter after failing to convert on a play that should have earned a DPI.
Didn't happen, and Colts kicker Matt Gay made history.