Ravens Beat Rams 16-13; Lose Both Flacco and Forsett for Season with Injuries

The Ravens may have won the battle Sunday, but clearly lost the war when it came to two of their biggest players being gone for the final six games of 2015.

Baltimore rallied to top the Rams 16-13 on the final play when Justin Tucker was true from 47 yards, but lost quarterback Joe Flacco with a torn ACL.

The quarterback played the entire game, limping on the final plays. He tore the ACL on the final drive when his leg was rolled into by a Rams defender.

“It was a courageous effort by Joe at the end,” coach John Harbaugh said.

While losing Flacco is huge, it wasn’t the only injury the team suffered, as running back Justin Forsett left with a broken right arm in the first quarter after a tackle by Aaron Donald.

Forsett will also miss the final six games of the now 3-7 season for the Ravens.

The game was basically gift-wrapped for the Ravens after they rallied from down 10 in the final quarter.

They got the win after Rams quarterback Case Keenum fumbled when hit by Courtney Upshaw, and Ravens teammate Lawrence Guy recovered at the St. Louis 41 with 54 seconds to go.

The team moved into position for Tucker, who nailed the field goal on the last play for the bittersweet win. Oddly enough Tucker missed two field goals earlier in the game.

The Ravens really won in spite of themselves, as they turned the ball over twice, and were penalized 10 times for 137 yards.

The Ravens trailed 13-3 before coming back behind Flacco, who went 27 for 44 for 299 yards and a score in what will be his final game of 2015.

Matt Schaub, who was with the Raiders last season, will be the new starter next week when the Ravens travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns on Monday night football.

Ravens Place First-Round Pick Running Back Breshad Perriman on IR

With Breshad Perriman’s knee not responding the way team officials had expected, the Ravens finally placed the first-round NFL draft pick on injured reserve Tuesday, ending the rookie’s season before it even got started, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Perriman, the 26th overall selection in the 2015 draft, hurt his right knee on the first full-squad practice of training camp and what was initially believed to be a day-to-day injury wound up costing him the entire season.

“Breshad has worked hard to come back from his injury, but, after discussing his current condition with our medical staff and Breshad, we have decided that putting him on injured reserve for the remainder of the season is our best course of action,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement released by the team.

On Twitter, Perriman wrote: “It’s a huge disappointment not being able to play my first year in the NFL, but I will come back harder than ever.”

NFL Admits Error – Ravens Should Have Topped Jaguars Despite Facemask Penalty

Sunday’s game was one of the most stunning finishes in the history of Ravens football, but at the end of the day, the Ravens should have taken home the win.

Monday the NFL admitted it.

The Jags, as everyone knows, was given an extra play at the end of the game after the clock hit :00 due to a facemask penalty on Ravens linebacker Elvis Dumervil.

That extra play ended up being a 53-yard field goal by Jason Myers, which was good and gave the Jaguars the shocking win to send the reeling Ravens to 2-7 when they should be 3-6.

The mistake the NFL admitted to today would have made the facemask null and void. The league stated that the Jaguars should’ve been called for a false start on the play in which the penalty on Dumervil took place.

If the false start penalty would have been called correctly, the game would have been over.

Instead, since a game can’t end on a defensive penalty and the 15-yard facemask was called, the Jags got to move the ball to the 35 and kick the winning field goal.

“Inside of one minute remaining of either half, with the game clock running, when the offense is not set simultaneously prior to the snap, it’s a false start,” the NFL said in a statement. “This results in a 10-second runoff, which can only be avoided if a team has a timeout remaining.”

The play in which the penalty took place came with the Jags not having any timeouts, so the game would have been over if the right call was made.

“The correct call in this case would have been to penalize the offense for a false start because all 11 players were not set, and whistle to stop the play. The ensuing 10-second runoff should have ended the game,” the statement said.

While it shouldn’t have come down to that play and the Ravens should have just won the game, it stinks to think that a mistake by the NFL cost Baltimore a ‘W’ in the win column.

Jaguars vs Ravens NFL Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday DT Michael Bennett (hamstring), DE Chris Clemons (not injury related), WR Allen Hurns (foot, thigh), LB Dan Skuta (groin)
  Wednesday WR Marqise Lee (hamstring), S James Sample (shoulder)
  Wednesday G Zane Beadles (knee), RB Toby Gerhart (groin), TE Julius Thomas (abdomen)
Practice Report
  Wednesday WR Breshad Perriman (knee), C Jeremy Zuttah (shoulder)
  Wednesday TE Crockett Gillmore (shoulder)
  Wednesday T Eugene Monroe (shoulder), CB Tray Walker (concussion)

Ravens Lose Steve Smith Sr. for Season; Top Chargers on Final Play 29-26


2015 has not gone the way the Ravens and their fans would have expected it to though eight weeks in, but at least at the end of Sunday’s game against the Chargers there was something to smile about.

A win.

For just the second time this year the Ravens came out on the winning side of the scoreboard, winning their first home game of the year with a hard fought 29-26 victory.

The win came on the final play of the game when kicker Justin Tucker nailed a 39-yard field goal to lift the Ravens to a win and give fans something to cheer about.

Joe Flacco threw for 319 yards and ran for a score to help Baltimore snap a three-game skid and hand the Chargers (2-6) their fourth straight defeat.

The Ravens’ six losses this season have come by a combined 30 points, and their only win before Sunday came in overtime.

Tucker’s fifth field goal came three plays after a third-down pass interference call against Steve Williams moved the ball 21 yards to the San Diego 22.

”To have our guys come through the way that they did, that’s just a wonderful thing,” coach John Harbaugh said

San Diego knows all about pain when it comes to losing close games, they have lost games on the final play in two of their last three losses.

The Ravens went ahead 26-23 with 4:34 to go when Flacco scored on a quarterback sneak to end a 38-yard drive that followed a 17-yard punt return by Jeremy Ross.

San Diego QB Philip Rivers began the ensuing drive with a 26-yard pass to Danny Woodhead, and the Chargers pulled even on a 49-yard field goal from Josh Lambo with 2:07 remaining.

Flacco was 25 for 319 yards passing in the win. The win was costly though for the Ravens, as they lost their best wide out in the victory.

Steve Smith Sr. left the game with a torn right Achilles tendon in the third quarter and is lost for the season. The 36-year-old has said he will retire after this season, his 15th in the NFL.

”What hurts the most is I can’t be out there with my guys,” said Smith, who had 82 yards receiving.

The Ravens have an extra week to enjoy the win as they are on the bye. They will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on November 15th.

Chargers vs Ravens NFL Week 8 Inactives

Chargers inactives: CB Craig Mager, S Eric Weddle, RB Donald Brown, LB Manti Te’o, LB Denzel Perryman, LB Tourek Williams, OL Orlando Franklin

Ravens inactives: WR Jeremy Butler, WR Breshad Perriman, CB Tray Walker, S Terrance Brooks, OT Eugene Monroe, OL De’Ondre Wesley, DT Kapron Lewis-Moore

WR Steve Smith Sr. Added to Injury Report After He Tweaked His Knee

Baltimore Ravens v Arizona Cardinals

Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. was added to the injury report Thursday with an apparent knee issue according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.

Smith reportedly “tweaked” his knee during practice but at this point there is no reason to believe he will miss Sunday’s home game against the San Diego Chargers. It is just another worry in what is rapidly becoming on lost season for the Ravens.

Chargers at Ravens NFL Week Eight Capsule



SERIES LEADER Series tied: 5-5  
STREAKS 3 of past 5  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCoy: 1-0 John Harbaugh: 2-2
LAST WEEK L 37-29 vs. Raiders L 26-18 at Cardinals
LAST GAME 11/30/14: Chargers 34 at Ravens 33. San Diego WR Eddie Royal catches GW 1-yard TD with 38 seconds remaining. Chargers QB Philip Rivers throws for 383 yards & 3 TDs.
REFEREE Gene Steratore
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (SD), 127 (Bal.). XM: 229 (Bal.).


PASSING Rivers: 215-311-2452 (1L)-15 (T3L)-7-99.2 Flacco: 180-287-1857 (3C)-9-8-80.1
RUSHING Gordon (R): 85-328-3.9-0 Forsett: 116-493 (3C)-4.3-2
RECEIVING K. Allen: 62 (1L)-690 (3L)-11.1-3 S. Smith: 41-588-14.3-3
OFFENSE 430.7 (1L) 356.1
DEFENSE 362.6 385.4
SACKS Attaochu: 4 Guy, Mosley: 3
INTs 4 tied: 1 J. Smith: 2
PUNTING Scifres: 44.6 Koch: 48.6 (3C)
KICKING Lambo (R): 53 (14/15 PAT; 13/15 FG) Tucker: 57 (15/15 PAT; 14/17 FG)


CHARGERS: In past 4, QB PHILIP RIVERS has completed 139 of 209 (66.5 pct.) for 1,562 yards with 10 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 98.6 rating, incl. 336 yards & 3 TDs vs. Oak. Aims for 5th in row with 300+ yards & 2+ TDs. In last meeting, completed 34 of 45 (75.6 pct.) for 383 yards & 3 TDs vs. 1 INT for 113.5 rating…RB MELVIN GORDON (No. 15 overall) ranks 2nd among AFC rookies with 328 rush yards. RB DANNY WOODHEAD has 60+ scrimmage yards in 6 of past 7, incl. 3 100+ yard games…WR KEENAN ALLEN leads NFL with 62 catches, most in NFL history by player through his team’s first 7 games to begin season. In only career meeting, had 11 catches for 121 yards & 2 TDs. WR MALCOM FLOYD had 3 catches for 85 yards (28.3 avg.) in last meeting. TE ANTONIO GATES (101) needs TD to surpass HOFer STEVE LARGENT (101) for No. 19 all-time. Aims for 3rd in row with 9+ catches & 90+ yards…S ERIC WEDDLE & LB MANTI TE’O lead team with 40 tackles apiece. LB JERRY ATTAOCHU has 4 sacks in past 4. CB BRANDON FLOWERS had 1st sack since 2013 last week…RAVENS: In last meeting, QB JOE FLACCO passed for 225 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.9 rating & added rush TD. Has 2 TD passes in 3 of 4 career meetings…In last meeting, RB JUSTIN FORSETT posted 123 scrimmage yards (106 rush, 17 receiving). Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4 overall. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. RB KYLE JUSZCZYK had TD catch in 2 of past 3, incl. 1 last week vs. Cardinals. Has 17 catches & needs 3 to surpass career-high of 19 last season…WR STEVE SMITH, SR. leads team with 41 catches for 588 yards, incl. 5 catches for 78 yards vs Az. Smith (13,850) needs 50 receiving yards to surpass HOFer CRIS CARTER for No. 10 all-time. TE CROCKETT GILLMORE tied career-high with 5 catches last week for 53 yards…LB DARYL SMITH leads team with 62 tackles, incl. 8 vs. AZ. Aims for 5th in row with 8+ tackles. Had 8 tackles & INT in last meeting. In past 4 meetings, LB ELVIS DUMERVIL has 5 sacks & 3 FF. LB C.J. MOSLEY had sack last week & has 3 in 2015, tying 2014 career-high.