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Week 14 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 24, Buffalo Bills 17

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Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens offense struggled against the Bills. Lamar Jackson struggled to throw the ball consistently for the second consecutive week. Jackson was inaccurate on numerous throws in windy conditions including one to Willie Snead that resulted in an interception. The Ravens rushing attack not very effective with Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards struggling to keep the offense on schedule. The Ravens had numerous three and outs which could be the result of defenses figuring out the Ravens offense or a result of weather conditions. Hayden Hurst was the Ravens best play maker in the passing game after Mark Andrews left the game with a leg injury. Hurst scored a long touchdown and showed off impressive speed. Marquise Brown was a non factor. Willie Snead made a few plays in the passing game but is not seeing a significant volume of targets.

Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills offense struggled against the Ravens on Sunday in a loss. Their defense played good enough to win against Baltimore’s high powered offense, but Josh Allen was under pressure throughout the game and struggled with accuracy. Cole Beasley managed a touchdown reception on a play in the red zone, but John Brown disappointed in the passing game after multiple weeks of down performances. Devin Singletary operated as a feature back in both the run and pass game.

Baltimore Ravens

QB Lamar Jackson, 60 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 25 - 145 - 3 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 11 - 40 - 0
Lamar Jackson struggled to throw the ball consistently for the second consecutive week. Jackson had a number of near misses and high throws throughout the game in windy conditions. The Ravens also seemed slightly hesitant to give Jackson the ball on designed runs perhaps looking ahead to a quick turnaround against the Jets or the playoffs. Jackson also faced frequent pressure against the Bills and Buffalo did a good job of not letting Jackson escape the pocket for any big gains. The Ravens scored their first touchdown off of a turnover on a short field. Jackson lofted a wobbly pass to Nick Boyle over the head of a defender for a 3 yard touchdown after Jackson made it look like he was going to run. On the Ravens ensuing possession Jackson threw the ball high and wide targeting Willie Snead over the middle and the pass was tipped and intercepted. Jackson opened the second half with a 61 yard touchdown to Hayden Hurst. Jackson stood in the pocket and absorbed a hit while hitting Hurst perfectly in stride for the long catch and run. After 3 failed drives the Ravens offense got back on track. Jackson and the Ravens moved into the red zone on the strength on their ground game. Jackson capped the drive with his best throw of the game across his body through heavy traffic to Willie Snead for a 4 yard touchdown. The score gave the Ravens a 15 point lead they sat on for the remainder of the game.

RB Mark Ingram, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 15 - 50 - 0, Rec: 3 - 29 - 0 (3 targets)
Mark Ingram found some success between the tackles early but struggled to break into the open field. Ingram was able to consistently gain positive yardage but struggled to find consistent daylight. Ingram ran hard but the Bills seemed to always be defensively responsible filling every gap and having multiple defenders tackling Ingram as he crossed the line of scrimmage. Ingram got consecutive carries inside the 5 yard line including one from a wildcat formation but was unable to find the end zone. Ingram caught a screen pass for a 7 yard gain. Ingram caught a screen pass and got upfield in a hurry for a 15 yard gain. Ingram picked up 7 more yards on a check down from Jackson in the flat.

WR Willie Snead, 37 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 13 - 1 (4 targets)
Willie Snead converted a 3rd down with a 7 yard catch running a crossing route. Snead found an opening over the middle running a crossing route and caught a 4 yard touchdown from Jackson with numerous defenders in the area.

TE Hayden Hurst, 28 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 73 - 1 (3 targets)
Hayden Hurst made some nice plays after Mark Andrews left the game with an injury. Hurst made his first catch underneath for a 4 yard gain running a curl. Hurst came wide open running a deep crossing route off of play action and took a pass from Jackson 61 yards for a touchdown. Hurst showed off impressive speed on the play outracing defensive backs to the end zone. Hurst made a nice sideline catch as Jackson was scrambling for 8 yards.

TE Nick Boyle, 54 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 10 - 1 (3 targets)
Nick Boyle caught a 3 yard touchdown from Jackson releasing into the flat on a run pass option play. Boyle picked up 6 yards on a check down from Jackson. Nick Boyle had a potential 3rd down conversion go through his hands as he dove for the pass.

TE Mark Andrews, 9 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0 (3 targets)
Mark Andrews saw a high number of targets early but left the game with a leg injury and did not return. Andrews found a hole in Buffalo's defense running an out breaking route for 14 yards. Andrews saw two deep targets from Jackson early in the game and both fell just out of the reach of Andrews. The second was in the end zone and Andrews did not appear to be moving at full speed on the play perhaps due to the knee injury that forced him out of the game.

Buffalo Bills

QB Josh Allen, 75 offensive snaps, Pass: 17 - 39 - 146 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 9 - 0
In a big game against the Ravens on Sunday, Josh Allen had one of his worst performances of his career. Allen missed throws all over the field, including deep passes to John Brown, Robert Foster twice, and Dawson Knox which all could have been big plays. Allen’s inaccuracies were not confined to just deep balls, as he missed plenty of throws underneath. While Allen was bad, he got little help as Devin Singletary had two drops to go along with drops from Brown, Knox, and Cole Beasley. Allen was also under pressure and took a beating during the game and was forced to get his ankle re-taped after getting hit awkwardly and immediately reaching for his ankle late in the second quarter. Allen was not active in the running game and his only rush of significance came after the ankle injury. Allen did throw a touchdown to Cole Beasley in the red zone and moved the Bills into position for a late game tying score, but Marcus Peters broke up a late fourth down throw to John Brown. Allen will need to bounce back in week 15 but faces a tough test against the Steelers on Sunday night and the status of his ankle injury requires monitoring during the week.

RB Devin Singletary, 61 offensive snaps, Rush: 17 - 89 - 0, Rec: 6 - 29 - 0 (8 targets)
Devin Singletary started for the Bills against the Ravens on Sunday. Singletary was elusive and slick between the tackles, with efficient cuts and running with more power than his size would suggest. His big carry was a long gain where he got tackled at the 2-yard line, which set the Bills up for a touchdown. Singletary was heavily involved in the passing game, including lining up split out in the formation. He had multiple catches, but missed out on multiple opportunities with drops, including a long pass down the field. Notably, Frank Gore got the opportunity for Buffalo’s lone goal line carry after Singletary got the Bills in scoring position. Singletary is the lead back in Buffalo late in his rookie season, but faces a tough test at Pittsburgh in week 15.

WR Cole Beasley, 73 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 29 - 1 (7 targets)
Cole Beasley had a good game against the Ravens in a loss on Sunday. Beasley had a goal line touchdown on an out route and added a two-point conversion on the same drive. Beasley was quiet to start the game as Josh Allen struggled and was missed badly on a throw from Allen. Beasley added a drop and drew a deep defensive pass interference penalty. Beasley will look for a bounce back against the Steelers next week on Sunday night.

WR John Brown, 73 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 26 - 0 (8 targets)
John Brown had a down game against the Ravens as Josh Allen struggled. Brown got separation down the field early in the game but was overthrown by Allen. Allen missed Brown high on two other occasions and low once, in a game where he was erratic through the air. Brown did have a drop and had a deep red zone reception broken up as the Bills tried to score on the final offensive play of the game. Brown played better than his stat line and was held back by Allen’s performance. He will look to bounce back next week at Pittsburgh.

TE Dawson Knox, 55 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 37 - 0 (4 targets)
Dawson Knox had a down game against the Ravens. Knox had a highlight contested catch down the perimeter for 37 yards but was otherwise held without a catch. Knox got open deep on the perimeter on another occasion, but Josh Allen overthrew him. He also drew an end zone target that was broken up and had a drop on a third down. Knox will look to have a better game against the Steelers next week.