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Ravens are their own worst enemy

It's mistake after mistakes after mistake. Even until the end, when the Ravens couldn't connect on a last-second pass in the back of the end zone.There is still the strong criticism that this team lacks playmakers and that's true. But that was only part of the problem in the Ravens' 26-18 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

The Ravens showed improvement Monday night. The secondary was better. The defensive line was good and they got pressure on quarterback Carson Palmer. Offensively, the Ravens weren't dynamic, but sound.

They had a chance to pull an upset here and provide some hope for the fan base, but the Ravens continue to hurt themselves. They get penalties at crucial times. They drop passes. The quarterback couldn't make the big play early in the second quarter and late in the fourth.

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They have cornerbacks who don't turn around and make plays and some questionable offensive playcalling.

It's mistake after mistake after mistake. Even until the end, when the Ravens couldn't connect on a last second pass in the back of the end zone as quarterback Joe Flacco overthrew tight end Crockett Gilmore and the pass was intercepted.

There is still the strong criticism that this team lacks playmakers and that's true. But that was only part of the problem in the Ravens' 26-18 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

It's one thing to get outplayed and another to hurt yourself.

The Ravens played well in the first half and they were only down 14-10 at the half, but that's where all the mistakes showed up.

That's where they could have gotten a big lead.

Joe Flacco underthrew a possible touchdown pass to receiver Chris Givens with 14 minutes and 25 seconds left in the second quarter. All he had to do was step into the throw. He didn't and the Cardinals were able to knock the pass down at the last second.

The Ravens had momentum and a 10-7 lead late in the second period when returner Jeremy Ross failed to handle a punt that Arizona recovered at the Ravens 24. To make matters worse, Asa Jackson was called for unnecessary roughness and six plays later the Cardinals scored to go up at the half, 14-10.

That's the way things are going for the Ravens. They are their own worst enemy. At one point in the second period, they committed three penalties in five plays.

The Ravens just self-destruct.

The defense actually played well Monday night but technique cost them in the secondary. Defensive backs were in position to make to plays, but cornerbacks didn't turn around.

That's Football 101. When the receiver turns, you turn with him and find the ball. It's happened numerous times this year, and happened several more times Monday night.

And right now those little things are the difference for the Ravens. That's why they are 1-6, instead of 4-3 or 3-4. That's why they have fallen short in every way this season and can't win the close ones.

That's why they lost again Monday night.

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In years past, the Ravens could make those mistakes against a Cleveland or Jacksonville and get away with it, but not anymore. If a team makes those mistakes against a good team like Arizona, it catches up with them in the end.

It caught up with the Ravens in the final seconds Monday night. The Ravens played well enough to win, but aren't smart enough or fundamentally sound enough to win these types of game.

At this point, any type of game.

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