Brutal Weekend for the Terps and the Ravens

The Terps were thoroughly dominated by the Hawkeyes on Saturday 23-0. Considering Iowa’s advantage on time of possession, the defense would have to get a solid B rating. Once again Tre Watson stood out for Maryland with an interception and aggressive play all over the field. But the offense never got going. I actually thought Kasim’s passes looked sharper early on but failing to capitalize on the early interception set the stage for the rest of the game. No use to expand on the problems of this defeat because a very winnable game faces the Terps on Saturday–3:30 in College Park against Illinois. The path to 6 victories is getting narrower with the need to win 2 of the 3 games with Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan State.

The Ravens suffered a heartbreaking defeat the hands of legendary QB Drew Brees.

Some of my thoughts on this game:

The Ravens just can’t put anyone away. With a 17-7 lead entering the 4th quarter, the Ravens were unable to score on 2 straight possessions while Brees engineered 2 TD drives and a FG to win the game. A final 2 minute drive for a TD by Flacco went for naught as Tucker inexplicably missed a PAT. 1 Blemish on a near perfect career. Tucker gets a pass. It happens.

However, when the Ravens scored, I immediately thought of a 2 point try with Lamar Jackson at the helm. Why? Because in OT you like to have the better QB. Brees had his way with the Ravens in the 4th quarter and it’s doubtful we could have stopped him. But more importantly, I would take my chances with our brilliant 1st round round pick after his success during the game. Sean Peyton dared to be great in this game and I wish the Ravens would have done the same.

Sitting from my vantage point in the Club endzone. it was clear that Hurst had a 5 yard edge on the corner when Joe under-threw him and it resulted in a somewhat dropped ball.

LET’s see more of Lamar Jackson and please get Joe off the field when Lamar is in. 

The Ravens should have closed the deal on this game when they had a chance but the offense did not come through.

At 4-3 now, the Ravens still have to go to Carolina, KC, Atlanta, and the LA Chargers on the road with 2 home games against the Steelers and the Cinci. The way I see it they must produce 3 wins of these 6 games and hold serve against Oakland, Tampa Bay, and Cleveland. That would end the season at 10-6, a decent enough record to at least make a wild card. However, 9-7 will most likely not get it done, and a loss against Cinci or Steelers would be devastating in case of a division tie.

 

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