A needy, desperate Colts team showed up to play on Monday Night Football. The process was sloppy and completely uninspiring. But wins are hard to come by in the NFL, so the Colts wouldn’t care who they inspired or who they impressed.
What the Colts do care about is that Carson Wentz found the end zone multiple times with multiple receivers. The Indianapolis defense made life difficult for the Ravens. Baltimore struggled to run the football and struggled to score. If anything, the Ravens looked even less inspiring.
MNF: The Rundown
The Ravens have big hopes in an AFC conference that seems wide open. But the conference is loaded with contenders who keep taking turns impressing folks around the league. Monday night was supposed to be Baltimore’s turn again. The wins are important. Home field is up for grabs. So is a ticket to the Super Bowl. Losses like this are brutal, even early in the season.
The Colts dominated for two and a half quarters. Carson Wentz took care of the football and threw two huge scoring strikes of 76 yards and 42 yards. The Indianapolis defense did an excellent job of smothering the Ravens strong running game. And the Colts challenged Lamar Jackson to beat them vertically.
The Ravens finally showed life in the middle of the 3rd quarter, with a solid 90 yard drive. Unfortunately, all the work did nothing but chew up clock as Baltimore fumbled the football on 1st and goal. It’s the kind of work-gone-for-nought that takes energy out of a football team.
The Colts promptly marched all the back down the field for a touchdown to make the score 22-3. On a night like this, late in the 3rd quarter, the Colts just looked like they were the better team and basically put the game out of reach- not an easy thing to do against a player as amazing and athletic as Lamar Jackson.
And then Jackson found his Superman cape. And Jackson found amazing. The Baltimore defense found a couple of stops. The Baltimore special teams blocked a Colts FG. The Colts missed another potential game-winning field goal. Somehow, miraculously, by the end of regulation the score was tied at 25. The game that was out of reach wasn’t out of reach enough for SuperJackson.
Jackson continued to be absolutely, thrillingly on fire in overtime. The Ravens got the ball first and soared down the field for a rather easy touchdown drive. Jackson finished 37 of 43 for 442 yards with 4 TDS and no INTs. He even tossed in over 60 yards rushing. Baltimore wins 41-25. And the Ravens move to 4-1, just like they drew it up on the board.
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