Much of the issues with the Baltimore Ravens on offense has been due to the play of the offensive line. Left guard, in particular, Kelechi Osemele has seemed to regress significantly from his rookie season when it looked like the Ravens were forming the best guard combos in the NFL with Osemele paired up with Marshal Yanda. Now entering the third game of the 2013 season, the Ravens have problems.
Everyone can talk about Ray Rice not getting the ball enough, and how the Ravens need to commit to the run. To some degree, I do agree with that, but the fact of the matter is, when Rice is averaging 2.9 yards per carry and Bernard Pierce is averaging 2.8 yards per-carry, the only blame for those terrible results go to the offensive line.
In the 2012 postseason, the Ravens’ line to me was by far the most surprising unit on the team. They played out of their minds. They played with a sense of urgency, and worked like a cohesive unit. They look lost in the 2013 season. I should of known that kind of quality play wouldn’t last that long.
Now heading into week three, the O-line might be going up against the best defensive line they might see all year when the Houston Texans come to town on Sunday featuring J.J. Watt.
“He’s really hard to block,” Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh noted via Baltimoreravens.com. “He is hard to block in the run game, when you run at him, when you run away from him. He’s hard to block when you try to pass block him. He bats balls, he gets sacks. He’s just a very dominant-type defensive player.”
Is it safe to say the Ravens’ offensive line has a tall order keeping Watt off of Joe Flacco? Obviously.