Sunday, November 13, 2011
Wrap-up: Seahawks 22, Ravens 17
By Jamison Hensley
Thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' 22-17 loss at the Seattle Seahawks:
What it means: The Ravens once again proved they can't handle success and remain the NFL's most hot-and-cold team. A week after beating the Steelers at Pittsburgh, Baltimore loses to the two-win Seahawks. This has been the self-described "Achilles' heel" of the Ravens, who lost after big wins over Pittsburgh and Houston earlier this season. That's not the characteristic of a Super Bowl team. The Ravens (6-3) slip a half game behind the Steelers (7-3) for first place in the AFC North.
Flacco stumbles: Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco couldn't carry the momentum from last week's game-winning drive at Pittsburgh. He had a batted pass get picked off deep in his own territory, which resulted in a field goal. Flacco finished 29 of 52 for 255 yards.
Disappointing defense: The Ravens defense has to be commended for holding the Seahawks to field goals for most of the game, but it didn't come through in the end. After the Ravens closed to within five points with about six minutes left, the offense never got the ball back. Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson ran out the clock by converting two third downs (one with a 24-yard completion).
Dropping the ball: Kickoff returner David Reed fumbled twice, which led to six points for Seattle and a seat on the bench. It's been a frustrating season for Reed, who led the NFL in kickoff return average last season. Now, the Ravens might look to Torrey Smith or Chris Carr.
Getting revenge: Steven Hauschka, who was cut by the Ravens in 2009 after struggling to replace Matt Stover, tied a Seahawks record by kicking five field goals. Billy Cundiff, who replaced Hauschka, missed field goals of 50 and 52 yards in the first half.
One bright spot: Tight end Ed Dickson had a breakout game with 10 catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns. His first score came off a pass from running back Ray Rice.
What's next: The Ravens return home on a cross-country flight to face the Bengals, who are tied with Baltimore for second place in the AFC North.