BALTIMORE (AP) – It’s been a season of razor-thin finishes for the Baltimore Ravens – and those have certainly come up recently.
Charm City’s team lived a glamorous life for the first 12 weeks, going 6-1 in matches decided by six points or less. Now, Raven has lost three in a row – four points in total.
In the past three games, a 2 point conversion missed Baltimore paid a heavy price. On Sunday, the Ravens’ attempt with 42 seconds remaining failed, and they finished with a point in a 31-30 defeat to Green Bay.
“I guess that’s what makes it so exciting, and when it doesn’t work out, it’s horrible,” Harbaugh said. “If we hit two of these 2-point conversions, two of these, we’ll be No. 1 in the AFC.”
Instead, Baltimore (8-6) was held to a draw in the AFC North for the first time ever and head into the showdown at Cincinnati (8-6) next weekend.
Harbaugh spoke a little more Monday about the decision to pick the two following Tyler Huntley’s late encounter. Huntley – playing through the injury of star defender Lamar Jackson – actually ran two TDs in the final minutes. The Ravens took a 31-17 lead before his first touch of the ball took the lead.
Harbaugh says they could have gone 2 minutes after that TD – which would give them something of a safety net, as if they missed they would still only miss eight hours with 4 :47 remaining.
“We could have done it. Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh also said the decision to play for the win instead of extra time wasn’t really made so soon.
“At that point, I wasn’t sure if we were going to go two,” Harbaugh said. “It was a decision that was made at a later time, so I really wanted to delay that decision until the end and just see how I feel about where we are, how much is left. more time.”
The Ravens had hoped a full week of practice and preparation would give Huntley a chance to perform well, and that’s exactly what happened. In the second start of his career, he threw two touchdowns and ran twice.
Baltimore has scored 30 points after being held to 22 or less draws in six of its previous seven games.
Although Jackson is clearly still the quarterback in the Baltimore franchise, Huntley has played well enough that Raven can feel confident in him if Jackson remains limited. Now, that’s a potentially difficult decision if Baltimore has to choose between Huntley and Jackson by a little more than 100%.
“There is no exact formula,” Harbaugh said. “We just need to see where we are with all the elements.”
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As expected, secondary to Baltimore’s injury had issues with Aaron Rodgers. The 31 points scored by Green Bay didn’t match how easily the Packers moved the ball, although Raven tried just enough in the fourth half to keep the game over.
Green Bay has 59 offensive plays and first 26 kills.
At first glance it looked like Raven would set up their run in the second half, but as they fell two points behind, it was difficult to continue with that approach. However, Latavius Murray had 48 yards in seven tries, and Baltimore averaged 5.5 yards per dash on a team.
The Ravens owe at least one win this year to convert to 2 points. They made two of those – both edged past Mark Andrews – while regrouping from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter to an extra-time win over Indianapolis on Oct.
At this point, however, it looks like the opponent has prepared Andrews for the ball in situations like these. The Packers certainly did. And given how often the Ravens play in two games, it’s fair to wonder if they might have used up their best plays for that spot on the field.
“We have to have a lot of plays in that area,” Harbaugh said. “I think that is one thing that has changed about football in the last five years or so. I think those menus are much bigger than they used to be. You spend a lot of time working on editing those, because you can run out of them pretty quickly. “
Harbaugh said he’s “hopeful” about Jackson’s recovery from a sprained ankle. The Ravens also had to leave the match with injuries to CB Tavon Young (concussion), WR Devin Duvernay (ankle) and CV Tire Phillips (knee).
10 – Number of catches by both Andrews and the recipient Marquise Brown. Huntley targets them extensively, and they deliver almost exclusively.
“You look at Tyler Huntley over there,” Andrews said. “When a guy plays like that, it’s special. That’s really special.”
Ravens led 5-1 when they faced Cincinnati at home on October 24. Bengal won 41-17, with a throw-in by Joe Burrow from 416 yards. And Baltimore’s second hour is even rougher.
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