The Baltimore Ravens suffered a tough loss yesterday at the hands of the Green Bay Packers, 19-17. Losing the game at home where the Ravens typically win made it all the more tough. Anyone who watched the game saw a struggling offensive line that couldn’t run block to save their lives. The Ravens’ struggling rushing attack has been a reoccurring problem all season, and this is becoming a major concern as the anemic rushing attack probably cost the Ravens this game and the Week 4 game against the Buffalo Bills. There are some positives to take away from this game, though.
First of all, the passing game is really starting to improve. Joe Flacco threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, even though he was under duress pretty much all game. The Packers put a lot of attention into stopping Torrey Smith, who only had one catch for 12 yards. Marlon Brown, Tandon Doss, and Dallas Clark all stepped up when their numbers were called. Jacoby Jones had a nice return as well, catching a touchdown pass that put the Ravens back into the game early in the fourth quarter. Just think of how good this offense can be if they can actually get this run game going with Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce.
The defense put in another great effort as they held Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to only 19 points. Giving up 120 rushing to Eddie Lacy is a little concerning, but giving up only one touchdown against this offense should be commended.
As bad as the Ravens played they came back and showed a lot of heart, as they always do. When it comes down to it they were probably just one third down stop away from winning that game. Unfortunately things didn’t work out as Rodgers’ third down completion to Jermichael Finley sealed the deal. The next three games (all AFC North) will be crucial. It’s time that this team starts putting together full games, otherwise this could be a long season.
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