After a dominant performance in their season opener, the Baltimore Ravens defense was anything but in the fourth quarter of their Week 2 home opener as they fell to the Maimi Dolphins 42-38. They were in control for the first three-quarters of the game but squandered an elite MVP performance from their electrifying quarterback Lamar Jackson in the final 15 minutes. According to ESPN Stats Info, this marked the first time in 12 years that a team lost a game in which they led by 21 or more points in the fourth quarter.

The Ravens became first NFL team in 12 years to lose a game in which they led by 21 or more points in the 4th quarter.

From 2011-22, teams were 711-0 when leading by 21 or more points in the 4th quarter, according to @ESPNStatsInfo.

— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) September 18, 2022

Blown Coverages Led To Blown Lead

At the end of the third quarter, the Ravens were up 35-14 and had all their momentum on their side. Unfortunately, an old habit that has been a fatal flaw in many of the Ravens’ most debilitating losses in recent years reared its ugly head in the fourth quarter and ultimately cost them dearly in the end. The Dolphins didn’t punt once in the entire period because they didn’t just score on all four of their drives, they finished each of them in the end zone thanks in large part to one blown coverage after the other by the Ravens at the second and third level of their defense.

Their secondary came into this pivotal matchup a little banged up and down one of their key depth pieces after veteran cornerback Kyle Fuller suffered a torn ACL in the season opener. The Ravens were forced to rely on three rookies to play larger roles and it was a mixed bag of results, to say the least. While the first-year trio of first-round safety Kyle Hamilton and fourth-round corners Jayln Armour-Davis and Damarion ‘Pepe’ Williams looked solid through the first 45 minutes of game time with each making some impressive hits, tackles, and plays in coverage, they all struggled mightily when the team needed them most.

The Ravens blew a handful of coverages down the stretch for long gains but none were more back-breaking and utterly deflating than the pair of long pitch-and-catch touchdowns from Dolphins quarterback …read more



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