Instant analysis after the Ravens' 27-23 loss to the Giants
By The Baltimore Sun
Oct 16, 2016 at 3:42 PM
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston talks about the Ravens 27-23 loss to the New York Giants. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens reporter: The biggest play of the game was the one in which cornerback Jimmy Smith sustained a concussion. With him off the field in the second half, Odell Beckham Jr. had two long touchdown receptions and 211 yards receiving. That's not to say Smith would have shut the electric Beckham down. But he would have fared far better than Shareece Wright, Will Davis and Tavon Young. Otherwise, this is another brutal loss for the Ravens, who have bigger problems than the identity of their play caller. The weekly penalties are ridiculous. The pass rush is not doing enough. And the offensive line breaks down far too often. Pundits said the Ravens were the least impressive 3-0 team. Over the past three games, the Ravens have proved them right.
Mark Selig, Ravens editor: Eric Weddle has been a great addition to the Ravens this year, but he made his biggest hit of the season on the wrong guy. Weddle running into Tavon Young let Odell Beckham Jr. free to run for the game-winning score. The Ravens couldn't stop Beckham after Jimmy Smith left the game. It looked for a moment they would weather all the injuries for a huge road win; one mistake can ruin that. The Ravens did seem to establish something of an offensive identity, leaning on running back Terrance West and taking deep shots that result in long gains -- whether on catches or pass interference penalties. This patchwork offensive line is facilitating a dozen bruises a game for Joe Flacco, who's playing valiantly but not all that efficiently.
Peter Schmuck, columnist: The Ravens looked like they were going to blow out the struggling Giants out in the first quarter, but the game ended with them facing more uncertainty than before John Harbaugh changed offensive coordinators. They were banged up going into the game and they were way more banged up coming out. Throw in the most penalties they have committed in any game this season and this game was just a nightmare.
Childs Walker, reporter: This season is slipping away in a hurry, and for the second year in a row, the Ravens might be too wounded to do much about it. The Giants did their best to give the Ravens a leg up, starting the game with disjointed offense, ill-timed mistakes and toothless defense. But the Ravens aren't good enough to put anyone away right now. They could not finish drives behind their injury-riddled offensive line, and after Jimmy Smith went out with a concussion, they could not cover superstar receiver Odell Beckham, who beat them almost single-handedly. Because so many key players were hurt, it was hard to grade Marty Mornhinweg's debut as offensive coordinator. Joe Flacco did throw downfield more, and the Ravens did not abandon the run. But the offense was still inefficient and penalty-prone for long stretches.
Edward Lee, Ravens reporter: The Ravens seemed to be in control of the game until cornerback Jimmy Smith left late in the second quarter because of a concussion and did not return. Then the wheels fell off a secondary that could not keep pace with Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard. Valiant effort by the offense, but failing to convert on Terrance West's 33-yard run and Mike Wallace's 70-yard catch proved fatal.
Ron Fritz, sports editor: This is a game the Ravens deserved to lose. It came down to penalties and pressure. Too many penalties by the Ravens and not enough pressure on Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Horrible play calling inside the red zone also doomed the Ravens. Lack of pressure on Manning exposed a decimated secondary. With the second half schedule the Ravens face, the playoffs are a pipe dream.
Mike Preston, Ravens columnist: The New York Giants and the officials tried to give the Ravens the game, but the Ravens have too many flaws to overcome. The secondary has been a concern for several years, and the Ravens thought they had fixed some of the problems. Guess again. Eli Manning passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns against the Ravens.