Facts we learn from ravens 39-38 loss against the Steelers

Khalil Chester

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The ravens held 31-20 and 38-29 leads only to lose a game with important playoff implications. For fans, this chapter of the Steelers rivalry offered 3 and half hours of excitement Sunday night entertainment. For the players and coaches, that’s minimal stress. The loss didn’t shine the raven’s postseason hopes much at all.

They still hold the second AFC wild-card spot, and they didn’t ask for a cushier closing stretch, with a game against the undefeated Cleveland browns and home games against the hopeless colts and the reeling Bengal’s. If they play as well as they have in the four weeks since the bye, they should go 3-0 and return to the postseason for the first time since 2014.

The good news about the playoff picture, the ravens have seemingly discovered a competent offense over the past twos week. Their offensive line played a terrific game in Pittsburgh, giving Joe flacco time to look downfield and clearing lanes for Alex Collins to produce a career- best game. Joe still left some points on the field, especially on a terribly thrown first-quarter interception in Steelers territory. On a later completions, he could’ve produced larger gains if he timed his throws better. After a second straight spotty performance against a top quarterback, it’s hard to believe the Baltimore pass defense is a good as its overall statistics suggest.

The 44-20 final score suggested the ravens dominated the Detroit lions in week 13. But actually, their defense performance against Matthew Stafford held some troubling signs. Stafford dissected those throws to his tight ends and slot receivers, and then Detroit’s top deep threat, Marvin jones JR, hit them with two big plays on the perimeter.

www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bs-sp-ravens-five-things-steelers-1211-story.html.

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Facts we learn from ravens 39-38 loss against the Steelers