With a Lack of Offensive Weapons, Ravens Fall at Minnesota 24-16
BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF)--- The Baltimore Ravens (3-4) will never use injuries as any excuse, but they are starting to pile up and effect an already struggling offense. The Ravens fell on the road in week seven to the Vikings (5-2) 24-16 who own a top five defense.
The Ravens entered the game without wide receivers Jeremy Maclin (shoulder), Breshad Perriman (concussion) and Chris Matthews (thigh) due to injury. Receiver Mike Wallace left in the first half with a head injury after a hit on a defenseless receiver. Running back Terrance West missed another week with a calf injury. Tight end Maxx Williams also was inactive with an ankle injury.
It was a game of field goals until the third quarter when Minnesota scored their only touchdown. Nine field goals were kicked, all made. Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was three-for-three with his longest, 57-yards. Kai Forbath also perfect in the field goal department making six-for-six, he did miss a point after attempt.
Latavius Murray ran in a 29-yard rushing touchdown to put the Vikings up 18-6 with eight minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Ravens got into the endzone for the first time of the game in the fourth quarter as the clock hit zeros. Joe Flacco threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to receiver Chris Moore.
Minnesota outgained the Ravens on offense 357-208 yards. The Ravens were 6-of-16 on third downs conversions. The Vikings rushed for 169 yards on the ground. The Ravens defense has given up 100-yards rushing in now five consecutive games. Defensive linemen Brandon Williams and Carl Davis were active and played. Both are returning from injuries. Williams has missed four games with a foot injury.
The Ravens defense came away with an interception, but zero sacks on quarterback Case Keenum who is playing for the injured starter Sam Bradford (knee). Flacco was sacked five times and hit six more times.
The Ravens have a short week. They host the Miami Dolphins Thursday night.