3) The Ravens hit the field in Buffalo and never really looked comfortable or like themselves on Saturday night. Justin Tucker missed two of his three field goal attempts, knocking each of his first two downs against opposing amounts. The Ravens’ pass catchers turned into their late season counterparts in Pittsburgh, losing multiple targets and failing to make contested catches, and Jackson averaged just 3.8 yards per attempt. rushing, gaining 15 of his 34 total yards in a single inning. The same was true for Edwards, who gained 22 of his 42 yards on his first two carries to start the game, and Dobbins lost two assists while also failing to pick up Hughes ‘blitz at a spot that s’ turned out to be crucial. The usually tough Ravens melted at the end of the third quarter, starting with Jackson’s pick-six and continuing with a failed snap that saw Jackson penalized for intentional grounding and ejected from the game due to of a concussion. And speaking of clichés, center Patrick Mekari struggled a lot, making mistakes on multiple attempts to deliver the ball to Jackson, forcing the quarterback to improvise a handful of times and ultimately leading to his untimely exit. The combined errors left the Ravens off the field at Orchard Park watching a meager three-point final result even after beating Buffalo (340-220), dominating possession time (35: 33-24: 27) and converting more than a third lower (41.1 to 30.7%) than invoices. They will have many months to reflect on their missed opportunities.
4) We cannot reflect on this game without emphasizing the influence of the elements. The wind was blowing through Bills Stadium on Saturday, likely contributing to Tucker’s failures (Ravens coach John Harbaugh later said it was “very punchy”) and also sending Allen’s deep passes into the field. a vast expanse of open terrain beyond the reach of any chasing human. of them. What seemed like a trip back in time to Allen’s rookie season – in which he had become known to have sailed a clean pocket pass or three beyond the realistic limits of his intended goals. – could actually have been a product of the wind, especially after an end zone angle showed Allen’s attempt for an open Stefon Diggs veering right almost 10 yards past the receiver. Bills kicker Tyler Bass also struggled with his field goal attempts, missing his last two tries in an unforgettable night for those who made money with their foot. Buffalo won, however, because it adapted to the environment. The Bills scored their only offensive touchdown on a screen pass to Diggs from 3 yards, and Allen’s passing chart ended up looking like a practice on the target from 15 yards and up, with the quarterback making a single attempt beyond 15 meters throughout the night. .