The Baltimore Ravens are playing not to lose in the AFC Championship Game, and if they continue to play that way in the second half; they will lose. It’s true that they have not had great field position but they are far too conservative on the offensive side.
They upset the Denver Broncos because they were aggressive in the passing game, and they took chances on defense. Joe Flacco only threw one deep pass in the first half; they are a big play offense and if they don’t make those plays, they can’t win. I understand that they are trying to run to keep Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense on the sideline, but they are getting away from who they are as an offense.
Ray Lewis and the Ravens defense are doing a great job of keeping them in the game; now it’s time for the offense to step up and make some big plays. Flacco has to come out throwing in the second half; even if some of those passes are incomplete, it will open up some other things. This is not the time to protect Flacco; if he is the elite quarterback that he is supposed to be then he has to be big in the second half.
The Ravens have a shot to pull off another upset and advance to the Super Bowl, but if they are going to get there then Flacco has to be great in the second half. Can he do it and will the Ravens let him try? We are about to find out.
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