The Baltimore Ravens beat the Indianapolis Colts 24-10 on Sunday in weekend NFL action that saw the two teams duke it out on defense. Baltimore’s offense was too much for the Colts to handle in the second half.
Colts Offense Was Their Achilles Heal in This Game
In previous weeks, we mentioned how turnovers and inconsistent play by Philip Rivers could hurt Indianapolis, and it did in this game.
Rivers had several bad throws, threw one interception, and had a few others that could have easily been picked off.
Rivers finished 26-of-44 for 227 yards and no touchdowns. The 59-percent completion percentage was his lowest of the season.
Jonathan Taylor fumbled in the first quarter, leading to a Baltimore defensive score. Taylor has done an admirable job to this point for the Colts, who have been without Marlon Mack since Week One. That was Taylor’s first fumble in 108 carries this season.
Indianapolis led Baltimore in total yards, 339-266, in the loss. Baltimore had 4.2 yards per play compared to 5.2 yards per play by Indianapolis. The Ravens also had two turnovers and more penalties, but the Colts offense made critical errors at times in the game where the pressure was on.
Defense On Fire In First Half, Held Their Own In The Second
For two quarters, the Colts held Lamar Jackson and the Ravens to just 54 total yards and no points. The Ravens ran 25 plays in the first half.
The Colts, again, had momentum going their way after defensive lineman DeForest Buckner forced a fumble at Indianapolis’ 7-yard line to end the first half.
Indianapolis held the Ravens to 266 yards, becoming just the third defense in the last two seasons to limit Baltimore to 275 yards or less.
The Colts also limited the Ravens to 110 yards on 38 carries, a 2.9 average per carry, the only time any defense has held Baltimore to fewer than 3.0 yards per carry since the start of the 2019 season.
The Colts offense really let their team down, and as the defense was near perfect against one of the best quarterbacks and rushing teams in the NFL. The defense will have to play this way for the next few games as they have the Tennessee Titans twice and the Green Bay Packers.
Indianapolis dropped out of a first-place tie in the AFC South after the Tennessee Titans beat the Chicago Bears. Indianapolis doesn’t have much time to regroup because it goes on the road to face AFC South counterpart Tennessee on Thursday.
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