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5 things we learned from the Baltimore Ravens' Week 3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts

2RXC5KT Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) recovers his own fumble after being hit by Indianapolis Colts' Samson Ebukam (52) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

• Fumbles are an issue: Lamar Jackson has five turnover-worthy plays as a passer this season, and four have been fumbles.

• Brandon Stephens has done enough to hold onto a starting role: It seems the Ravens view him as the best healthy cornerback on the roster right now, putting him in line to hold onto a starting spot once Marlon Humphrey returns.

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The Baltimore Ravens dropped to 2-1 with a 22-19 overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3.

They failed to protect the ball as they tried to build a lead in the first half, and injuries continued to be a problem.

Here are the five things we learned from the Ravens' Week 3 loss.

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Ball security is an issue

You can point to a number of reasons why the Ravens lost to the Colts, but most critical was their lack of ball security. They fumbled four times across nine plays in the first half, with the Colts recovering twice. Kenyan Drake’s — but likely seven points, given how the offense was playing. Lamar Jackson’s fumble after a pump fake gave the Colts the ball at the Ravens' 17-yard line, and they went on to kick one of their five field goals on the day.

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Those swings proved crucial in the overtime loss, but this problem goes deeper than that. Jackson has five turnover-worthy plays as a passer this season, and four have been fumbles. With divisional road games against the Browns and Steelers upcoming, that’s something Baltimore has to quickly fix before it costs the team another game.


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