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Ravens still haven’t lost in preseason since 2015, win NFL record 21st in a row
August 12, 2022
Even if the Baltimore Ravens don’t go out of their way to win a preseason game, they can’t lose.
Despite just about every major player being on the roster for Thursday night’s opening game against the Tennessee Titans, the Ravens won again. They extended their NFL record by winning their 21st straight preseason game 23-10. The Ravens have not lost a preseason game since 2015.
Last year, the Ravens won their 20th consecutive preseason game, breaking the record of 19 held by Vince Lombardi’s 1959-62 Green Bay Packers. While John Harbaugh wasn’t downplaying last year’s streak, he also wasn’t about to let his frontline players get injured to keep it going.
After a remarkable number of injuries last season, the Ravens decided to place 32 players on Thursday, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic.
Even with all those players out, the Ravens started quickly. They cashed in on a recovered fumble for a 4-yard touchdown run by Mike Davis for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Titans rallied, with rookie quarterback Malik Willis playing several highlights. Willis had a fantastic 7-yard touchdown run, the Titans added a field goal for a 10-7 lead. Then, with 35 seconds left at halftime, Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley pledged a pass to the end zone, which was brought in by an unwritten rookie Shemar Bridges for a nice touchdown. That was a turning point.
In the second half, the defense kept the Titans’ third-stringers out of the end zone. The big game was an interception with the Titans in Baltimore territory, when Ravens cornerback Daryl Worley pulled in a throw-in pass at the 2-yard line. Baltimore led 20-10 in the fourth quarter when another interception near midfield practically stopped the game.
It’s hard to win 21 in a row in any sport, even if the matches don’t matter in the standings. The Ravens’ streak is a curiosity, but it’s still impressive in its own way. And it’s still alive.