BALTIMORE – The Ravens’ most-recent heartbreaking loss should have never come down to Elvis Dumervil’s facemask penalty, or to Jason Myers’ game-winning field goal.
Since Week 1, the Ravens (2-7) have consistently had trouble finishing games. It happened again Sunday, and the result was an unfathomable 22-20 loss the Jaguars, a team that had lost 13 consecutive road games. The atmosphere in the Ravens’ locker room was a combination of disbelief and frustration.
Here are some reasons why the Ravens should have trouble sleeping:
- With 20 seconds to play, Ravens safety Kendrick Lewis dropped a potential interception that would have closed the game out.
“I had a chance to seal it,” Lewis said in a stunned Ravens’ locker room. “When the plays come to you, you’ve got to make those. That’s why we’re here. That’s why they pay us and I didn’t today.”
- On the final play from scrimmage, when Dumervil got his facemask penalty to set up the Myers field goal, several Ravens admitted they stopped playing, thinking the clock had already run out and that the game was over.
“We all thought the game was over,” said Ravens linebacker Courtney Upshaw. “But we have to finish better. We kind of left Doom (Dumervil) out there alone.”
- Early in the fourth quarter, with the Ravens leading, 14-13, Ravens returner Jeremy Ross muffed a punt, and the Jaguars recovered to set up a go-ahead touchdown.
In that situation as a returner, you want to avoid a muff or a fumble at all costs. Ross committed a cardinal sin.
- The Ravens had four turnovers – two interceptions thrown by Joe Flacco, a Flacco fumble, and Ross’ muff.
When you commit four turnovers, you are not supposed to win. It looked like the Ravens were going to get away with it. But they didn’t.
“We’re just leaving room for stuff like this to happen,” Flacco said. “At the end of the day, we’re not good enough.”
That candid statement by Flacco summed up the 2015 Ravens. They have lost seven games by a total of 32 points. More often than not, they play just well enough to lose.