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At First Glance: Ravens vs. Seahawks

BaltimoreRavens.com writers give their first impressions of the Ravens’ 22-17 loss.

Posted by BR.com on Sunday, November 13th, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, At First Glance, Garrett Downing, Ryan Mink, Sarah Ellison, Week 10 vs Seahawks

John Eisenberg: It’s hard to believe it happened again. After following up two earlier big wins with losses to losing teams, the Ravens did it again Sunday, falling to a Seattle team that had lost three in a row and looked inept coming in. We can say now that the Ravens officially have a problem with playing down to the caliber of their opposition, especially on the road. The Ravens hurt themselves badly with a pair of fumbles, two missed field goals and utterly inexplicable play calling (5 rushes for Ray Rice?). But the Seahawks earned the win by moving the ball steadily against the Ravens’ defense, sticking with the run and making plays. Their clock-killing drive to end the game said it all. The team with the losing record was tougher and deserved to win.

Ryan Mink: The Ravens continue to make life difficult on themselves, taking a third loss to a sub-.500 team on the road. They just haven’t been able to follow up big wins with good performances the next week, in what is now their biggest (and unexpected) problem this year. Baltimore’s offense nearly rallied back again, but the special teams unit (another surprise) let them down in the first half, putting them in a 12-point hole. The Ravens just seem to make it a dogfight every year. Next up, Cincinnati.

Garrett Downing: This one hurts. Head Coach John Harbaugh told his team after the victory over Pittsburgh that the significance of that win would be determined by what they do against Seattle. A 22-17 loss to a two-win Seattle team was certainly not what he had in mind. The Ravens hurt themselves in this one with turnovers, poor special teams play and missed opportunities by the offense. Then, when the defense needed to come up with a big stop at the end of the game, the Seahawks marched right down the field to seal the victory, dropping the Ravens to 6-3 on the season and costing them a chance to take the outright lead over Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in the AFC North.

Sarah Ellison: The Ravens said all week that they didn’t want this to become a trend – losing on the road after an emotional win. After doing so in Tennessee and Jacksonville, the Ravens had a disastrous day in Seattle. The defense was wary of running back Marhawn Lynch, knowing he could put the game on his back. He did. So Baltimore knew the keys to the game, but couldn’t execute. Two David Reed kickoff fumbles and two missed Billy Cundiff field goals put Ravens down early on and they couldn’t come back. The defense had a chance to get the ball back in the offense’s hands, but couldn’t get off the field and allowed the Seahawks to run nearly six minutes off the clock on the game’s final possession. With Pittsburgh beating Cincinnati, the race for the AFC North is very tight.

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