The Baltimore Ravens clinched a playoff berth on Sunday despite the disappointing loss to the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium, 34-17.
Although the Ravens had officially punched their ticket to the postseason with a 9-5 record, quarterback Joe Flacco isn’t proud of being playoff bound with the team currently on a three-game losing streak. The mood in the Ravens locker room isn’t exactly high-spirited with the team’s recent struggles via Garrett Downing of BaltimoreRavens.com:
“We’re a 9-5 football team, and it feels like we’re 0-14 right now. But that’s just the feeling that you have right after a game like this,” Flacco said.
Along with the recent struggles, the Ravens have been dealing with some of their best players on both sides of the football battling injuries. Baltimore was able to get linebacker Terrell Suggs back on the field on Sunday against the Broncos despite the torn biceps muscle, but Ray Lewis was unable to go with his triceps tear.
As if the injuries on the defensive side of the football wasn’t costly enough with Suggs not at 100 percent and Lewis still trying to get back on the gridiron, the Ravens also suffered a major blow to the offense on Sunday with wide receiver Torrey Smith going down with a concussion in the loss to the Broncos.
Smith’s concussion may severely impact the offense moving forward with the second-year wide receiver quickly becoming Flacco’s favorite target downfield. Smith is on pace to surpassed last season’s numbers with 44 receptions for 767 yards and seven touchdowns.
With two of their best defensive players nowhere near 100 percent and arguably the best offensive threat in the passing game having an uncertain playing status moving forward, things aren’t getting any easier for the Ravens moving forward. Baltimore may have clinched a playoff berth regardless of the loss to the Broncos this past weekend, but it may be a foregone conclusion that this team could be one-and-done in the playoffs.