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Crows reel from close loss, Humphrey’s season-ending injury – CBS Baltimore

OWINGS MILLION, Md. (AP) – The Baltimore Raven has arrived within inches of creating some much-needed breathing room in the AFC North.

Instead, they fell to a painful loss to a similarly ranked opponent – and now coach John Harbaugh’s side have another major injury concern.

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Harbaugh announced on Monday that full-back Marlon Humphrey is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. That news comes after the team’s 20-19 loss in Pittsburgh on Sunday left the Ravens just one game away from Cincinnati at the top of the table.

Baltimore (8-4) is only two games ahead of bottom-placed Cleveland and faces a tough schedule for a long time. Raven have won a lot of close games this year, so they shouldn’t feel too distressed after this one went the other way, but with the standings so tight and injuries still massive, Sunday’s defeat Japan puts Baltimore to a potentially tense end. regular season.

“As Al Pacino said… an inch here or an inch there, or a second too early, a second too late, it’s exactly right,” said Harbaugh, referencing a scene from the movie “Any Given Sunday.” when talking to reporters Monday. “It’s like a classic truth, about football and as a metaphor for life.”

Harbaugh boldly decided to convert to 2 points with 12 seconds left against the Steelers, and Lamar Jackson’s pass to Mark Andrews failed to complete. Baltimore is currently 6-2 in the game deciding six points or less.

WHAT WORK?

Game management. With two minutes left and Pittsburgh facing second and second at Baltimore 13, the Ravens’ Chuck Clark was penalized for offside. It looks like the previous penalty might have been on purpose, and if so, it’s a clever way for Baltimore – which still has three timeouts – to stop the Steelers from running around the clock and kicking a ball forward. . scored.

On Monday, Harbaugh was scathing about whether it was an intentional offside.

“I don’t have to be involved in all the strategies of all,” says Harbaugh. “Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.”

After falling seven points behind when Pittsburgh scored a head-to-head with 1:48 remaining, the Ravens had an impressive TD play of their own, and whatever one might think of the 2 pick decision. , the broadcast call results in a fairly open receiver. Jackson’s pass is a bit long, and Andrews can be a bit random when he reaches out with an arm.

WHAT DOES THE JOB NEED?

Baltimore’s game overall was slipping, though Raven eventually had a recipient Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins healthy at the same time.

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In the past four games, Jackson has averaged just 6.0 yards per attempt, with six touchdown passes and eight interceptions. Jackson’s ability to keep playing makes him a threat as both a runner and passer, but he received seven tackles on Sunday – a sign that the defence isn’t good enough. or he doesn’t release the ball fast enough.

“TJ Watt, he’s a great defender, a great fast runner. He’s doing his job out there,” Jackson said after the game. “We just need to get into the lab and figure out how to make things happen.”

INCREASE HEALTH

Devonta Freeman has a total of 97 jabs and takes, the most of the season. He also scored the first goal for Baltimore on the 3-meter track.

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The Baltimore defense kept the Steelers to three points in three quarters – then allowed 17 in the fourth inning. Although the Ravens finished with a big advantage in possession, the defense appeared to be weakened by Pittsburgh’s running game, and Humphrey’s injury presented the second team with another major problem.

Illnesses

In addition to Humphrey’s injury, CV Patrick Mekari left in the second half with a hand injury and did not return.

SMALL NUMBERS

36-23-1. That’s the combined record of the last five teams on Baltimore’s schedule. None of them are currently below .500.

NEXT STEP

The Ravens play in Cleveland next weekend. This is the second meeting between the teams in three weeks, and the Browns already have an open date between them. Baltimore won the first game with a score of 16-10.

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