As if Things Couldn’t Get Worse for the Baltimore Ravens, the Team Is Now Dealing With a COVID-19 Outbreak
With Sunday’s overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans, the team’s third defeat in four games, the Baltimore Ravens find themselves on the outside looking in as it pertains to the AFC playoff picture. To make matters worse, the team also had to prepare to face the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers on a short week as the rivals are set (for the moment) to meet on Thanksgiving night.
But things have now taken an even worse turn as the Ravens have had to shut down their facility after it was discovered that multiple members of the organization have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Baltimore Ravens blew yet another lead on Sunday to suffer their third loss in four games
November has certainly not been kind to the Baltimore Ravens. After winning five of their first six games, the only loss coming to the Kansas City Chiefs, Lamar Jackson & Co. kicked off the month by blowing a 10-point halftime lead to drop a heartbreaker to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 28-24. But they did bounce back the following week with an impressive 24-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts and all seemed okay.
But the Ravens then went to New England and looked dreadful in a 23-17 loss to the Patriots and blew yet another lead against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Ravens held an 11-point lead in the third quarter but then had to scramble just to send the game to overtime. The Baltimore offense couldn’t do anything in their lone possession in the extra frame and Derrick Henry put the game to bed with a 29-yard touchdown run to give the Titans the victory.
They’re now in third place in the AFC North and out of the playoffs
With Sunday’s loss to the Titans, the Baltimore Ravens are now 6-4 and in third place in the AFC North behind the Steelers (10-0) and the Cleveland Browns (7-3). The loss also took the Ravens out of the AFC playoffs for the moment, which certainly isn’t a good thing as seven teams from each conference will make the postseason this year.
It’s not as if the Ravens are completely out of the playoff picture as they still have six games to play (and a favorable schedule) but things certainly aren’t trending in the right direction at the moment. As mentioned, things aren’t looking much better as they’re set to take on the Steelers on Thanksgiving night in Pittsburgh but that game is certainly in jeopardy at the moment.
‘Multiple members’ of the Baltimore Ravens have tested positive for COVID-19
On top of the problems already facing the Baltimore Ravens on the field, the team announced on Monday that “multiple members” of the organization have tested positive for COVID-19. Here’s the statement that was issued by the franchise.
NFL.com has reported that Ravens’ running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins were among those that have tested positive and both will be placed on the reserve list. As of now, Baltimore’s matchup with Pittsburgh is still scheduled to be played but that could certainly change as the week moves along.
The Steelers have already had to shift their schedule once this season when the Titans were dealing with their outbreak earlier this season. Hopefully, that doesn’t become a thing again but there’s certainly the possibility that it could given the fact that they were on the field with the Ravens on Sunday.
More on this story as it develops.