EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. – The Ravens let another first-half lead slip away, and let Odell BEckham Jr. lead the Giants to a huge win on Sunday.
Here are five things we learned watching the Ravens drop their third consecutive game, 27-23, to the Giants:
1. The Ravens (3-3) are in trouble, losing games and losing players.
—Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith (concussion) didn’t play in the second half, linebacker Terrell Suggs injured his arm in the fourth quarter, and wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., left tackle Ronnie Stanley, guard Marshal Yanda, linebackers C. J. Mosley and Elvis Dumervil, and returner Devin Hester didn’t play. There is no guarantee any of them will play Week 7 against the Jets. After a 3-0 start, the Ravens’ season is spiraling in the wrong direction.
2. Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is still a game-breaker.
— Beckham (eight catches, 222 yards, two touchdowns) took over the game in the second half, scoring the game-winning TD with 1:24 left on a 66-yard slant pattern.
Beckman beat Ravens cornerback Tavon Young on an inside move, than simply outran the Ravens’ secondary to the end zone. Once Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith left the game at halftime with a concussion, the Ravens had no answer for Beckham, who outclassed Ravens corners Young, Shareece Wright, and Will Davis.
3. The Ravens benefited from what looked like a terrible pass interference call against the Giants (3-3).
— On the Ravens’ go-ahead touchdown drive, Giants cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie was called for a 30-yard pass interference penalty against Ravens wide receiver Breshad Perriman. Rodgers-Cromartie had inside position, and was playing the football, yet the flag was thrown. The Giants protested vehemently, an set up the Ravens with first and goal at the eight. That led to a two-yard touchdown run by Terrance West with just over two minutes left. But then Beckham put the Giants ahead for good.
4. Marty Mornhinweg’s debut as offensive coordinator did not fix everything.
— The Ravens were more aggressive, and they completed deep passes to Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman, but they still struggled to convert in the red zone. They were stopped on a key fourth-quarter drive and came away with no points, when Terrance West was stopped well short on a sweep on fourth and goal from the one. The Ravens’ offense still needs plenty of work.
5. Penalties are killing the Ravens
— The Ravens can’t stay out of their own way, and often break momentum with penalties that they are not good enough to overcome. Until that changes, it will be hard to win consistently.
6. The Ravens need a win desperately.
— They are riding a three-game losing streak and have a road game against the Jets before a bye in Week 8. The last thing the Ravens need is to head into the bye riding a four-game losing streak.
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