The thrill of Saturday's 38-35 double-overtime win against the
That's not a surprise considering that
"Everybody was upset," Ravens free safety
That sentiment was shared by special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg.
"When you give up two touchdowns, that's unacceptable in a season, let alone one game, and we're all very fortunate — those of us on special teams — that the rest of the team played as well as they did to still secure the victory," he said after Thursday's practice. "It's remarkable when you listen to our guys on the sideline — not only our special teams players, but all the players — they didn't let it bother them. They kept playing. We were trying to encourage our guys that there was still a lot of football left and they could still make a play to help us win this game. And the offense and defense both stepped up big to get us to the end where we could make a field goal and have an impact on that game."
"This is a guy who was a special teams coach," Dukes said. "Everybody's feeling uncomfortable. You don't want to be worrying about that. You've got the offense and defense to worry about."
The Ravens insisted that fixing the mistakes in coverage is not complicated. On Holliday's 90-yard punt return in the first quarter, the coverage team pursued to the right side of the field, but Rosburg said shifting winds pushed
On Holliday's 104-yard kick return to open the third quarter, a few players broke from their lane assignments, which allowed Holliday to sprint through the middle and shake off a diving tackle by Chykie Brown.
It could be argued that the coverage units are not playing with their best tacklers. Cornerback
Jimmy Smith and
"It affects it a little bit, but I think we do a great job in practice of simulating guys going down and other guys being able to step up and keeping our chemistry," Allen said.
The Ravens have an opportunity to prove they have learned from Saturday's mistakes when they meet the
"It's very important to play a great field-position game this week," Rosburg said. "So our job on special teams with our coverage teams is to give our defense as much green grass behind their backs as we possibly can because they do move the ball. And it's our jobs in the return game to try to set up our offense. So that's what we're about to do when we get there Sunday."