Mink’s Five Thoughts After The Dolphin Collapse

Five thoughts on the Ravens’ shocking 42-38 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 2 at M&T Bank Stadium:

This one stings, but it’s only week 2.

Just a bad, brutal, heartbreaking loss, add your negative adjective here. Baltimore had a 21-point lead early in the fourth quarter and squandered it. They gave up 28 points in the fourth quarter. It’s a collapse. On a day that should have culminated in a celebration of Lamar Jackson’s brilliance, the Ravens were burned by the Miami air raid of Tua Tagovailoa, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.

The bad news is that the Dolphins will likely be in the hunt for the AFC playoffs when all is said and done. Hopefully the Ravens don’t end up kicking themselves thinking back to the Week 2 win that slipped through their fingers. In an ultra competitive NFL, you have to win the games you need. Going into the game, it was basically a draw between two talented teams. But with a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter, it’s absolutely one that should have put a smile on the face of the Ravens and the fans.

The good news is, it’s Week 2. There have been countless “sky falling” moments over the past few years, and the Ravens have been doing just fine. What about the 34-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 3 of 2020? Or the 40-25 loss to the Browns in Week 4 of 2019? Both seasons ended with the Ravens in the playoffs. As head coach John Harbaugh said, the Ravens will be defined by their rebound, not a loss in Week 2. Maybe it stings more now, but it’s better than being destroyed and having a million problems. Coming out of this, two things are clearly at the top of the list of fixes: racing game play and secondary crashes. These can be fixed, and I expect they will be.

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