Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors give their instant analysis of the Ravens' 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The frustrating part for the Ravens had to be that they did pretty much all they could have hoped to do defensively and yet they still lost. They forced turnovers and were tough in the red zone and held a team that was averaging 34 points per game to only 20. But you're not going to win on the road when you can't convert on third down, when you turn the ball over and when your quarterback is consistently under siege. The offensive line took a huge step back this week The Ravens have to figure a way to get Torrey Smith going. Today was a missed opportunity. That's probably the best way to put it.
Aaron Wilson, reporter: With a struggling offensive line that couldn’t buy enough time for Joe Flacco, a game plan that couldn’t hide those inefficiencies because they never fully committed to running the football and one lost fumble apiece by Steve Smith and Jacoby Jones, the Ravens lost to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. They’re now winless in five career games in Indianapolis. The Ravens struggled mightily on third down. Despite a late rally attempt, it wasn’t enough as the Colts snapped the Ravens’ three-game winning streak. The defense got worn out because they were on the field way too long. Both outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and cornerback Lardarius Webb simply didn’t make enough plays. Rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley was one of the few bright spots with 15 tackles and one interception.
Jon Meoli, reporter: It wasn’t the shootout I thought it would be, and that — and the loss itself — blame lies with the Ravens offense. The previously-dominant offensive line didn’t help establish any running game and couldn’t keep the pass rush away from Joe Flacco. For the first time this year, a team limited Steve Smith, and none of the other receivers stepped in to fill his void. The defense played well, especially in the red zone, but understandably tired late. This isn’t on them, though. It’s on the offense.
Childs Walker, reporter: This was an incredibly sloppy performance, yes, and Andrew Luck eventually made the Ravens pay. But this loss doesn’t need to become a big deal. For all their turnovers, sacks allowed and dumb penalties, the Ravens were still in the game until the last possession against a very good offensive team. We have reason to believe they won’t make so many mistakes going forward, so the overall outlook is still fine.
Ron Fritz, sports editor: Give the Ravens’ defense some credit. They held the top-scoring offense to 20 points, two touchdowns off their league-leading average. The Ravens’ offense just didn’t do enough – thanks to an offensive line that really regressed. The Colts’ time of possession killed the Ravens’ defense and probably resulted in the easy, late score that was the difference in the game.