End of Ravens preseason win streak
“In LANDOVER, Md., the least significant winning streak in American pro sports has come to an end.”
“Joey Slye, the kicker for the Washington Commanders, nailed a 49-yard field goal with just nine seconds left, securing a 29-28 victory for his team against the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens had a remarkable streak of 24 consecutive preseason wins dating back to 2016, but it came to an end in this game.So ravens preseason win finally came to end this year.
In the final four minutes, Washington came close to tying the score at 28, only one yard away. However, Ravens cornerback Kyu Kelly stopped Commanders fullback Alex Armah just short after catching a pass from third-string quarterback Jake Fromm. This prevented the Commanders from converting a two-point play.
Despite quarterback Anthony Brown Jr. leading the Ravens, they couldn’t run out the clock. Washington found themselves facing a challenging 4th-and-11 on their own side of the field with just over a minute left. Fortunately for them, a pass interference call was made, giving Washington another chance to continue the drive.”
Fromm & Kazmeir’s contribution in Ravens preseason game
Fromm and Kazmeir Allen combined for the last eight yards, bridging the gap for Slye’s crucial kick.
“We simply persevered, fought, and gave it our all,” Fromm shared in a conversation with USA TODAY Sports.
Fromm was deeply engaged in deciphering the Ravens’ defensive strategies, focusing on where their pressure was originating. He mentioned that he didn’t dedicate much thought to ending their winning streak, though Baltimore’s head coach, John Harbaugh, disagreed with those who perceived the streak as insignificant victories.
“You haven’t been in those shoes,” Harbaugh countered. “You haven’t been on the field during a preseason game, vying for a spot. And then you have the audacity to label the dedication someone invests to battle and triumph in such a game as meaningless.”
Harbaugh emphasized that the streak’s endurance can’t be attributed to a single factor. It mirrors the organization’s approach to practice, meetings, nurturing young talents, and scouting both college and professional players to fortify the team.
“In the end, it’s about football and the men — and now, women too — who participate in the sport,” Harbaugh explained. “It highlights why this game is so exceptional, why it holds such significance. It demands that level of commitment. Football thrives on the valor of individuals willing to push themselves in demanding situations, both physically and mentally. It takes genuine determination to engage in this game, to fight with that intensity. Those who cherish football often do so for this very reason. They appreciate the dedication required to partake in the game.”
The opening drive showcased a clash between first-round draft picks. Zay Flowers (22nd overall), a wide receiver for the Ravens, and Emmanuel Forbes (16th overall), a cornerback for the Commanders, faced off. Flowers made an 11-yard reception from his first target and later sprinted 26 yards for his inaugural professional touchdown on a play-action pass.