The Ravens offense shattered a litany of records during the 2019 season. But after falling behind in their divisional-round loss to the Tennessee Titans, another narrative formed surrounding quarterback Lamar Jackson and the offense, claiming its run-oriented approach couldn’t function without a lead.
In Sunday’s 20-13 wild-card-round win over the Titans, the Ravens erased a 10-point deficit, marking the first time the team came back from a double-digit deficit since 2016.
It was an achievement indicative of the offense’s growth, according to offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and one that led him to say that this season’s unit is “more equipped to win in the playoffs.”
“Our maturity and the experience we’ve accrued has gotten us to this point,” Roman said Wednesday on a videoconference call. “If we keep working at that trajectory, it will serve us well in the playoffs and these different types of ballgames you encounter in the playoffs.
“Last year, we were able to go out and just boat-race teams quite a bit,” Roman continued. “That’s great, I love that. Those days are fun, I love those postgame locker rooms when that happens. But the reality of it, that doesn’t happen all the time. You might fall behind, you might end up in a tough situation, get a couple whatever kind of calls out there, the ball bounces a funny way. And you’ve got to be able to overcome that and find different ways to find success in a game. So I think those are all very important things.”
The Ravens went down by 10 quickly in the first quarter but a 48-yard touchdown run by Jackson tied the game at 10 shortly before halftime. The team went into halftime tied at 10 but separated from Tennessee in the second with a standout performance by the defense, which held running back Derrick Henry to 40 rushing yards, and an offense that emphasized passes to the flats as Tennessee crowded the box to limit the running game.
“Going into a game, especially us, we’ve got to be ready for everything,” Roman said. “Part of this season, especially during the early and mid-part of the season, was seeing how people were playing us, running some things against those things and seeing how it would end up. And gathering information, you’re playing the long game. I think that factors in as well and factors into our evolution.”