There was no attempt to sugarcoat things, no far-reaching search for a silver lining. The Ravens didn't bother.
Instead, their 28-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in front of an announced 70,970 at M&T Bank Stadium prompted quarterback Joe Flacco to question whether the team believes that they can win and left cornerback Jimmy Smith too emotional to speak. Three weeks into the season, the Ravens seem powerless to stop their season from completely unraveling.
Two times in less than three minutes in the fourth quarter Sunday, the Ravens scored the go-ahead points against the Bengals. Yet each time, the Ravens defense allowed Cincinnati to answer right back.