Ravens are the Comeback Kings

Ravens are the Comeback Kings

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Minnesota Vikings today to improve to 6-2. And in all honesty, they might be one of the weirdest 6-2 teams ever. Their defense is banged up across the board. They have been playing with running backs who had to learn the system on the fly. And, their offense line has also been short-handed.

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But, they defeated Minnesota after being down 24-10 early in the third quarter. They had lost 41-17 to Cincy before their bye week, and it looked like the game could balloon out of control.

They stepped up, and played a complete game the rest of the way. They earned an OT win.

Third Comeback from Down Double Digits

Coming into this season, the Ravens had lost six games by 10+ points in the Lamar Jackson era. They had no victories when trailing by double digits, as those games all forced the team into constant passing situations, which they were not equipped to handle. This year though, they have three of them.

It started against KC in week 2. They trailed 35-24 entering the fourth quarter, and were able to pick up two TD’s. Lamar Jackson ran for 107 yards and two scores in that one.

Against the Colts, they trailed 22-3 with just 3:03 left in the third quarter. Lamar Jackson led them on four TD drives in a row, and converted a pair of two-point conversions along the way. They won the game 31-25 in OT, giving the Monday Night Football crew an incredible show to commentate on.

And then against Minnesota, down 24-10, they never quit. Even when Lamar Jackson threw an interception in overtime, the D stepped up, they got the ball back, and he did his thing. The team’s poise was incredible, as they handed the Vikings their seventh one-possession loss.

Continuing to Play Tough

Watching the first half of any Ravens game this year, a lot of things would jump out. At least, six of eight of them. The Chargers and Broncos games are exceptions to the list. In all of the others, they have allowed their opponents to get chunk plays, time and time again.

It seems they are horrid, not in control of any part of the game. But then, as soon as they come out of the locker room, they fix things. They come up with late-game interceptions. The blitzing starts to work. And the running game suddenly becomes invisible.

It is hard to say exactly what sparks the change, besides perhaps a stern talking to? The camaraderie seems to pretty special within Baltimore, and it’s doubly clear from when they cut Earl Thomas a few years ago after he got into a fight in practice.

They had zero tolerance for any kind of negligence, and then they just replaced him and kept it moving on. As guys have slid in and out of the lineup this year, the same mentality has been there. Next man up, and they continue to just play hard.

They know that a game is 60 minutes, and not just 30. They make the adjustments, and get it done. Watch out, rest of the league. Miami is next for them on Thursday. Short week.


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About Zach Weiss 11 Articles
Sports Writer by day, Sports Broadcaster by night. When I’m not doing either of these things, I’m probably playing pickup basketball at the park, or watching whatever NBA game is on the evening’s slate. There is not a day that goes by where I don’t try and learn more about the players in today’s league, as well as the history of them. I’m considered to be an anomaly with my sports fandoms as a Cavaliers, Ravens and Nationals fan.