Calais Campbell: To have the game in our hands as a defense, we expect to win that every time

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The Ravens blew another two-possession, fourth-quarter lead on Sunday, falling to the Jaguars 28-27.

Baltimore was up 19-10 after Gus Edwards’ 1-yard touchdown early in the period. And then after allowing the Jaguars to take a 20-19 lead — in large part because of a bad kick return and an Edwards fumble — the club was up 27-20 with 2:02 left on the clock.

But Baltimore’s defense allowed Jacksonville to drive down the field for a touchdown and then allowed a successful two-point conversion to fall to 7-4 on the year.

Defensive lineman Calais Campbell spent three seasons with Jacksonville before joining the Ravens in 2020 and after the game that the loss “definitely stings.”

“To have the game in our hands as a defense, we expect to win that every time,” Campbell said. “We didn’t get it done. We knew they were talented. They have a lot of playmakers, and they fought hard to make the plays to win the game.”

Campbell, who had a key late strip-sack, said he wasn’t sure exactly what gave the defense such problems on Jacksonville’s final drive. The Jaguars had third-and-21 after Campbell’s play. But they turned it into fourth-and-5 and converted.

“I know we had opportunities and we didn’t get them done,” Campbell said. “We’ve got to watch the tape. [It’s] hard to say in the moment. I just know that up front we’ve got to find a way to get our hands up on balls, make them uncomfortable and get off the field. Third-and-17 or whatever it was, we’ve got to find a way to win that. If we want to go to where we think we’re capable of going, that is something that has to get done.”

Campbell noted that the key is to move on from the loss and focus on beating Denver in Week 13.

“I know we’ve got some dogs in there,” Campbell said. “[We have] a lot of guys who play football at a high level, and so good teams don’t let these games beat you twice.

“I know we’re a good team; we just didn’t get it done today. Going forward, I’ve got all the confidence in my guys, and I know the same feelings are all the way through the locker room.  We know who we are.”

8 responses to “Calais Campbell: To have the game in our hands as a defense, we expect to win that every time

  1. Yeah well, the storyline of the year is this defense choking at the end of the game and blowing leads. And the same thing keeps happening, so fix it.

  2. The Jax receiver hit the sideline before his second foot touched down.
    Should not have been a TD …

  3. “The Jax receiver hit the sideline before his second foot touched down.
    Should not have been a TD”

    I did not know this before yesterday, but apparently the rule is that if you get the lower leg of the first foot inbounds, you do not need to get the second foot in. It was an extremely close call whether he did this, but virtually impossible to clearly show he did not. I daresay a once in a career catch.

  4. Didn’t you all have a game show host as your defensive coordinator last year? Maybe you should have replaced him with Drew Carey.

  5. “…apparently the rule is that if you get the lower leg of the first foot inbounds, you do not need to get the second foot in.”

    I believe the rule is two feet in, or any (ONE or more) body part besides the hand. So you can be flying through the air, land inbounds on your ass, and that’s a catch–zero feet. In this case, the question was where does the foot stop and shin begin. I’ve looked at all the angles on TV and couldn’t convince myself that you could always see air between the bottom of his shin and the ground. I’m sure they felt the same, and thus no ability to overturn a ruling on the field.

  6. Gee Calais – between you, J Houston, and JPP, that’s over 100yrs of guys playing key roles in your defense. Ya think maybe that’s why you guys flame-out in the 4th quarter?

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