Ravens take big step in playoff race by avoiding embarrassing slip-up to Colts

Posted on February 9, 2019February 9, 2019Categories NFLTags , , , , , , , , , ,

It won’t feel this way after an ugly 23-16 win over the Cheap NFL Jerseys online struggling Indianapolis Colts Jerseys, but there is reason for the Baltimore Ravens Jerseys to celebrate.

The Ravens (9-6) are now one victory away from clinching their first playoff berth since 2014. Baltimore has to beat the Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys in the regular-season finale to earn a wild-card spot.

Now, the Ravens certainly didn’t look like a playoff team against the downtrodden Colts (3-12). Playing as sloppy as the muddy field at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore made it too hard on itself with dropped interceptions on defense and unfinished drives on offense against one of the worst teams in the NFL.

A 13-point favorite, the Ravens weren’t able to give a sigh of relief until the final two minutes of the game. Nickel-back Maurice Canady broke up a fourth-down pass to T.Y. Hilton Jerseys Jerseys in the red zone with 1:38 remaining to seal the Ravens’ fifth win in their last six games.

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Baltimore essentially won with marathon drives and Justin Tucker Jerseys Jerseys’s leg. The Ravens’ five drives of at least 10 plays are tied for the most by any team in a game this season and are the most by Baltimore since 2011. The problem was most resulted in field goals by Tucker, who converted from 30, 39 and 36 yards.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco Jerseys Jerseys finished 29-of-38 for 237 yards and two touchdowns in a game where he wasn’t sharp. Baltimore dominated time of possession, 35:48 to 24:12.

This was expected to be another pushover game like the ones against the Cleveland Browns Jerseys, Miami Dolphins Jerseys and Detroit Lions Jerseys. Instead, Baltimore was on its heels all game against the NFL’s No. 31 offense and couldn’t consistently get into the end zone against the league’s No. 30 defense.

But in the end, the Ravens moved into the No. 5 spot in the AFC heading into Week 17, taking a half-game lead over the Tennessee Titans Jerseys and Buffalo Bills Jerseys.

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Ravens top Colts, move within one win of playoff berth

Posted on January 17, 2019January 17, 2019Categories NFLTags , , , , ,

The Baltimore Ravens Jerseys (9-6) outlasted the feisty but overmatched Indianapolis Colts Jerseys (3-12) in a 23-16 win on a rainy Saturday evening in Baltimore. Here’s what we learned:

1. The Ravens avoided disaster (a loss to this Colts team would have been embarrassing at this point in the season) and also came one step closer to completing their remarkable playoff push by winning in a tough environment Saturday. Sure, Baltimore was playing at home, but with light rain becoming steady and winds picking up in the second half, it wasn’t a walk in the park. In outlasting the Colts, cheap nfl jerseys the Ravens grabbed control of their destiny, needing only a win in Week 17 to clinch a postseason berth, no matter what happens elsewhere. They rode their defense for much of the season, and though the offense has picked it up recently and the defense has lost a bit with Jimmy Smith Jerseys Jerseys’s injury, it was again that unit that stood firm in the final two minutes to secure the win.

“We’re rolling right now,” safety Eric Weddle Jerseys told CBS’ Jamie Erdahl after the game. “It’s a great feeling to know we control our own destiny.”

2. This weather was made for Baltimore’s style of play — or its play before December arrived. Baltimore ran Alex Collins 18 times for 51 yards on a wet, sloppy field, but even with an increasingly intense rain, still opted to throw the ball 38 times. Flacco completed 29 of the attempts for 237 yards and two touchdowns, continuing his solid month of play even in adverse conditions. The reliance on the pass almost cost Baltimore, especially on a third-and-10 when, with less than three minutes remaining and Indianapolis having exhausted all of its timeouts, the Ravens chose to pass. It ended in an incompletion intended for Mike Wallace Jerseys Jerseys, who was running a six-yard drag, and gave the Colts both 2:36 to work with and an extra timeout via the two-minute warning. that would have looked incredibly ugly, had Indianapolis capitalized on the ensuing possession.

3. Credit the Colts — a three-win team with a coach on a white-hot seat and very little to play for — for fighting back from a multiple-score deficit to make things incredibly interesting in the final five minutes of this game. What was a mildly intriguing (thanks in part to the weather) game became a very entertaining one. At the end, though, Indianapolis’ deficiencies — shoddy pass protection, receivers not named Hilton who struggle to get open, questionable play calling — ultimately sank the Colts, even as they threatened to tie the game in the final two minutes.

4. We don’t know how much longer Adam Vinatieri Jerseys will kick, but it sure was heart-warming to see a 44-year-old future Hall of Famer drill 3 of 5 field goals and come about five feet shy of clearing the crossbar on a 60-yard attempt. The latter was a testament to Vinatieri’s lasting greatness, even if he didn’t actually make the field goal. We’ll keep an eye on his field goal percentage, though, which fell below 90 for the season after his 38-yard attempt was blocked. A 60 percent day (with the other miss being the 60-yard attempt) didn’t bring him back over 90, but if he can boost it in Week 17 (he’ll need a banner day with plenty of attempts and a perfect success rate), he’ll trigger an escalator in his contract that pays him an additional $500,000. We’re rooting for you and your bank account, Adam.

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