Ravens Trying Too Hard To Close Games, Says Marlon Humphrey
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey says the players want it too much, and that’s why they keep blowing leads.
The 3-3 Ravens are the only team in league history to have a double-digit lead in the opening 6 games of the season and not have a winning record.
The Ravens led 20-10 in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s eventual defeat to the New York Giants. It’s been the story of their season so far, undone by fourth quarter meltdowns.
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“There was frustration amongst some of the guys,” Marlon Humphrey said. “We were all talking like, ‘Man, we kind of keep doing the same thing at the end of games. Not finishing games.'”
In fact, Baltimore is the worst-performing team in fourth quarters in the entire NFL this season. They’ve been outscored 64-22 in the fourth quarter, the highest differential in the league.
Quarterback Lamar Jackson seems to be fading at crucial moments this year. In his first four seasons, the Ravens were 31-3 in games where they held a lead of 10 or more points.
The team has now equaled that number of such losses in just six games this season. Jackson has thrown one touchdown and four interceptions in the final quarter this season.
Marlon Humphrey says that rather than needing more urgency, the Ravens need to calm down.
“We all want to make those plays at the end,” Marlon Humphrey said. “We all want it, but when we spoke in the team meeting, I was like, ‘We actually need to relax some.’ I think that’s kind of been the problem. We’re pressing so hard that it’s almost doing a reverse effect.”