BALTIMORE – Five things we learned watching the Ravens’ shocking 22-0 loss to the Jaguars, 22-20.
- Stick a fork in the Ravens at 2-7.
This was a crushing defeat in every way. It should have been over on the last play from scrimmage, when Elvis Dumervil sacked Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles. But Dumevil clearly grabbed Bortles ‘ facemask and was called for a 15-yard penalty. That moved Jason Myers into field goal range, and he made a 53-yarder to win it on the final play. The Jaguars’ sideline went wild. The Ravens were stunned. It has been that kind of season for the Ravens – one crushing defeat after another. But in many ways, this loss was the most crushing.
- It will be interesting to see how the Ravens react to this loss.
They have seven games left to play, and it’s going to be tough to keep a positive outlook. Linebacker Zachary Orr got significant playing time and you may see more young players get opportunities. The Ravens have to start thinking more about next year.
- The Ravens were hurt by turnovers.
Flacco threw two interceptions and Jeremy Ross muffed a punt. It looked like they were going to get away with those mistakes. Instead, those turnovers came back to haunt them.
- Kamar Aiken did well as Joe Flacco’s go-to wide receiver.
After dropping his first chance, Aiken (seven catches, 73 yards) had a strong game and was Flacco’s favorite target. It was a good sign for the Ravens that Aiken got open consistently. They will need more of that without Steve Smith, but Aiken continues to step up when called upon.
- The Ravens made some defensive adjustments that almost paid off.
Cornerback Lardarius Webb also played safety in some situations. Webb had a strong game, including an interception, and a blitz that forced Bortles to take a sack by Brandon Williams. Orr saw time and linebacker and made some nice plays, including a tipped pass that ended a fourth-quarter Jaguar drive. The Ravens gave up plays, but not the big plays that have crushed them many times. Look for more changes moving forward.