Ravens’ struggles to end the doomed 2021 season

Hensley’s mention of the 91% playoff chance is valid, but The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec remembers what it took for the Ravens to even be in such a position.

“But you can’t ignore how the Ravens even got there at 8-3,” Zrebiec wrote. “They won a game on a 66-yard Tucker’s basket and a fourth and 19-point conversion against Sammy Watkins. They needed a shot from Huntley to Watkins to beat the Chicago Bears. They put together some remarkable comebacks. in the fourth quarter to beat the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts. There was no way they would survive by living dangerously all season. “

And now, with the Ravens needing five games to turn it all in their favor, many saw the death knell for their playoff chances on Sunday. The Baltimore sun.

“The Ravens (8-8) stay alive on paper, but their playoff hopes probably died when they couldn’t keep the Rams out of the end zone at the last minute,” he said. writes Childs Walker of the Baltimore Sun. “Once again, they failed by an extremely narrow margin against a healthier and more talented opponent.”

The Ravens ‘home stretch of the season has been painful, and NBC Sports’ Peter King shared some of that grief after attending yesterday’s game at M&T Bank Stadium.

“It was truly an engrossing game. The Ravens have been ravaged by injuries and Covid, unlike any team in the league. They pay 89 players (around 15 above the league average), with about $ 77 million in 2021 on the IR. You could argue that the top five positions on the high-running Ravens are QB, RB, LT, CB, and CB. The starters at each of these locations in August-Lamar Jackson, JK Dobbins, Ronnie Stanley, Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters – were injured and were left undressed on Sunday, ”King wrote.

“These up for grabs are pretty stressful for the players. But when I asked veteran Baltimore Calais Campbell what this year was like for him, he said, ‘Stressful. So stressed out. Not just the game itself, but doing everything to be available for the game, “he said.” I can’t afford to be positive. My team needs me. So I try to stay home as much as possible. Even at home I masked myself which is so weird. My son looks at me like, ‘Why do you have a mask?’ But now is the critical moment. You just can’t take the risk. “

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