The Baltimore Ravens fell to the Tennessee Titans 30-24 in overtime on Sunday. The loss is their second straight and third in their last four outings. Given the Super Bowl expectations bestowed upon this group during the offseason, this clearly isn’t where anyone anticipated they would be.
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson completed 17 of 29 passes for 186 yards, one score, and one pick. He also added 51 rushing yards on 13 carries.
After the game, Jackson admitted that the team was growing frustrated with how things have been going as of late.
“We just had two losses in a row,” he said. “Games that we should’ve won. We had little hiccups in the game, but we still have to keep fighting through it.
“That team … It looked like that team wanted it more than us. They were playing physical. When we went up, I felt like we just took our foot off the gas. But we just have to keep it going for the team.”
The Ravens recorded 530 yards of total offense for the day, but also turned the ball over on three separate occasions.
“We have to finish drives,” Jackson continued. “We’re driving the ball down the field. We just have to stop putting [Justin] Tucker out there; we have to punch it in. When we get inside the red zone, or the high red zone, we just have to finish and stop putting our defense out there.”
Big picture, Jackson feels like the world is against Baltimore right now.
“We were in worse situations my rookie year, and we turned the season around,” he continued. “People were doubting us then. I feel like people want us to lose, but we just have to bounce back. We’re good. It’s going to be a rival game come Thursday, and we’ll turn up then.”
Jackson also acknowledged that he needed to be a more vocal leader.
“[Pernell] McPhee was telling me since Week 1 that he wanted me to do a speech before the game,” he said.
“Me, I’m not really a vocal leader; I probably lead by example nine times out of 10. But I just felt like the time was right. I felt like we were doing pretty good, but we just have to finish. We shouldn’t be in overtime. We have to finish drives.”
Next week Baltimore will square off against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday Night Football. A win there, and all of the woes from the past few weeks will be forgotten. A loss – and suddenly the Ravens will start looking very vulnerable.