Baltimore’s defense isn’t happy and needs to keep playing.
The Ravens defense gave up just three touchdowns and 45 points in four games in December. Still, Patrick Queen said he and his teammates weren’t thrilled to leave Saturday’s game.
Baltimore entered the game allowing 327 yards per game, the 10th best mark in the NFL. The Ravens gave the Falcons 327 yards. Turnovers and clutch stops were the difference in this game, as opposed to the loss in Cleveland.
After giving up a 4-down conversion to Drake London, Marlon Humphrey unleashed a ‘fruit punch’ to score one point of the game. The Ravens got his two other 4-down stops. One was a deep mistake near the middle of the first half, and another was him standing on the goal line midway through the fourth quarter, making the game less interesting.
Baltimore’s defense accomplished it without starting cornerback Marcus Peters (calf) and defensive lineman Curry Campbell (knee). With rookie Desmond Ridder at center, the Falcons aren’t a formidable offense, but rookie wide receiver Drake London (96 receiving yards) and rookie running back Tyler Allgaier (74 rushing yards) are impressive. I showed a good play.
The Ravens’ defense will have a tough time moving the ball and scoring more, but it will have to keep playing its own game to take it to the next level and beat other AFC titans.
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