Officiating was a big part of the story in the Ravens’ 31-30 win over the Patriots on Sunday night, but it wasn’t the entire story.
The Patriots defense couldn’t stop the Ravens on two late drives that resulted in 10 points and a second straight loss for New England. Over the course of the game, they allowed Baltimore to roll up 503 net yards and that left defensive tackle Vince Wilfork with a bad taste in his mouth. Wilfork said that the offense “played their tails off” against the Ravens, but wound up being hung “out to dry” by the defensive effort.
“Can’t too much dwell on flags and stuff; we have to play better, plain and simple,” said Wilfork, via Mary Paoletti of CSNNewEngland.com. “We have to play better. We have to help our offense and we didn’t do that. Going forward I think we have to play together as a team. But the offense played their tails off. They’ve gotten better so we have to have to come out next week and help them get a win.”
The Ravens picked up five first downs thanks to penalties on Sunday night, which seems like a lot until you see that they also had 23 by simply converting against the New England defense. Whenever the defense needed to make a play and get off the field, they failed and that’s a big reason why the Patriots wound up on the wrong side of the scoreboard at the final whistle.
In the first two weeks of the season, the Patriots looked like they had ironed out a lot of their defensive issues from last season. Week Three was an unwelcome step back in time for the Pats.