Baltimore is a 7½ point favorite in next Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium. The Ravens are 6-2, two games behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North. Last week they won 24-10 at Indianapolis despite a slew of injuries to key players.
The Ravens showed character in a 24-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts and improved to 6-2 at the midway point of the season.
This victory over Indianapolis felt different because of the adversity facing the Ravens.
The Ravens were missing several key players on both sides of the ball because of injuries.
Left tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle), rookie right guard Tyre Phillips and starting running back Mark Ingram (ankle) were all ruled out prior to the game. The Ravens were also missing Pro-Bowl cornerback Marlon Humphrey (COVID-19) and starting middle linebacker L.J. Fort (finger).
Then, defensive end Calais Campbell (calf) and cornerback Khalil Dorsey (shoulder) were injured in the first quarter. Dorsey returned but was injured again with just over five minutes left in the game. Campbell did not return.
From the fortitude the Ravens showed in response to their most difficult week of the season to Mark Andrews' shifting role in the offense, here are five things we learned from a 24-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
They’d endured a trying week, fending off questions about Lamar Jackson’s sloppy play in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, processing a season-ending ankle fracture to left tackle Ronnie Stanley, dealing with the ripples from cornerback Marlon Humphrey’s positive test for COVID-19. The news grew worse right away when defensive end Calais Campbell left the field after hurting his calf during the first series. Everything seemed to catch up with the Ravens as the Colts did what they pleased on both sides of the ball. Only a fumble return by safety Chuck Clark kept them competitive.
The Ravens picked up their offensive tempo. Their line gave Jackson room to cook, and he responded by completing all 10 of his second-half passes, while using his legs to create better down-and-distance situations. An excellent Indianapolis defense that had seemed a step ahead of the Ravens for 30 minutes did not know what was coming next.
Overcoming a gamut of obstacles during the week, Lamar Jackson & Co. showed "fortitude."
Harbaugh remains tight-lipped on how Bryant could help a wide receiver corps that has been mediocre at best this season.
He’s expected back in 2-4 weeks
This will end a streak of 98 consecutive games played for Campbell, dating back to Week 8 of 2014 when he was a member of the Arizona Cardinals
Campbell, who has been a key contributor to Baltimore’s 6-2 start, will miss at least two games according to Rapoport. That would indicate that the earliest Campbell could return would be on Thanksgiving when the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers.
Campbell’s ability to take on double teams, rush the passer, as well as open up pass rushing lanes for teammates, will be sorely missed while he recovers. However, the Ravens defense managed to smother the Colts offense Sunday without Campbell, holding Indianapolis scoreless in the second half. Derek Wolfe ended up playing a season high 51 snaps for Baltimore in lieu of Campbell.