O J McDuffie

Game 7: At a loss for explanation

In the Ravens' short tenure in Baltimore, this may have been the team's most lifeless and uninspired performance. Dropped passes. Fumbles. Missed tackles. Bad snaps. Not to mention a defense that couldn't stop the opposition on third down or halt the league's worst rushing offense even though it had two weeks to prepare. Or a second-round draft pick who still hasn't matured into a solid cornerback.

If this was indeed a pivotal game in the 1997 season, the Ravens took a major step backward in losing, 24-13, to the Miami Dolphins before a sellout crowd of 64,354 at Memorial Stadium yesterday.

It was the third consecutive loss for the Ravens (3-4), who dropped under .500 after...