Baltimore Ravens Hand New England Patriots First Loss of Season
The Baltimore Ravens jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the second quarter on the New England Patriots at home, when Gus Edwards scored on a 12-yard touchdown run. However, Cyrus Jones dropped a punt for Baltimore and it allowed New England to score 13 unanswered points in the second quarter.
The Ravens were on the ropes in the third quarter when the Patriots were driving to start the period. Baltimore forced Julian Edelman to fumble and Patrick Onwuasor forced it and Marlon Humphrey returned it for a 70-yard touchdown and the Baltimore Ravens went up 24-13.
After that play, they never looked back as they went on to win the game by a score of 37-20 over New England.
Baltimore played a ton of smash-mouth football and this was by far the best team that the New England Patriots have faced all season.
This is the beginning of the tough stretch for New England.
At the beginning of the game, Lamar Jackson scored on a 3-yard touchdown run for Baltimore to go up 7-0.
Sanu caught 10 passes for 81 yards receiving and a touchdown. However, Julian Edelman was the leading receiver for the Patriots with 10 receptions for 89 yards receiving.
With New England trailing 24-13 in the third quarter, James White scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. White finished with 38 yards rushing on nine carries and a score. He also caught two passes for 46 yards receiving.
With the Baltimore Ravens leading 24-20 to start the fourth, Lamar Jackson threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Nick Boyle (missed extra-point and it was only the second missed extra point by Justin Tucker in his career). Boyle caught five passes for 27 yards and a touchdown.
Marquise Brown was the leading receiver in this game for Baltimore. This was his first game back from injury. Brown caught three passes for 48 yards receiving.
One of the key plays on that touchdown drive was that the Ravens decided to go for it on fourth-and-4 from New England’s 38-yard line with 3:33 remaining in the third quarter. Jackson threw a 7-yard completion to Willie Snead IV.
Snead IV finished with two receptions for 15 yards receiving. I thought Baltimore was going to kick a long field goal on that drive, but Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh decided to gamble and it paid off.
With 3:19 remaining in regulation, Baltimore scored on a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Lamar Jackson. Jackson completed 17-of-23 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 61 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns.
Mark Ingram II was the leading rusher in this game for the Baltimore Ravens with 115 yards on 15 carries. Ingram II also caught two passes for 29 yards receiving.
Gus Edwards rushed for 27 yards on seven carries and a score.
Justice Hill also appeared in the game with seven rushing yards on three carries.
Baltimore is now in the driver’s seat for a potential number two seed in the AFC. The number one seed is still a long shot and New England will still most likely get it anyways.
The New England Patriots (8-1) will be on a bye week next week. They will then face the Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) on the road in Week 11 on Sunday, November 17.
The Baltimore Ravens (6-2) will be on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals (0-8) next Sunday in a potential trap game.
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