The phrase “win the battle but lose the war” never seemed more apt until after the Baltimore Ravens eked out a win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday by a score of 16-13.
In a game filled with errors by both teams, including turnovers, missed field goals and terrible penalties, the Ravens won out thanks to a late Justin Tucker field goal, after the Ravens got the ball back from the Rams on a Courtney Upshaw strip-sack of Rams quarterback Case Keenum and fumble recovery.
In a season filled with injuries that has seen the Ravens put a league-high fifteen players on injured reserve, two more were added today. In the first quarter, starting running back Justin Forsett was lost for the season when he fractured his right arm. And then, on the final drive of the game, quarterback Joe Flacco went down with a torn ACL.
Year after year, we hear the Ravens coaches and players say “next man up” when a starter gets injured. Well, for the remaining six games of the season, a lot of next men up will be playing to finish out the season. That includes the new starting quarterback Matt Schaub, provided he can finish out the season. At the rate the Ravens season is going, you wonder if they will have enough bodies to complete the season. Next up is a trip to Cleveland for a Monday night game. Surely the Ravens would love to get a win to even up the season series, but it remains to be seen if they can get it.