The Baltimore Ravens‘ loss to the Green Bay Packers in week six had to be an extremely tough one for fans to swallow. It was a game where the Ravens just couldn’t break through. The defense showed up to play in a big way, limiting Aaron Rodgers and company to just 19 points. Any time you’re going up against the former MVP and the high-flying Packers’ offense, that’s a win. So on this Sunday it was up to the Ravens’ offense to deliver and it just never happened.
Baltimore’s third down offense was atrocious, as was the running game. In total, Baltimore converted 2 of 14 third down plays and rushed for a measly total of 47 yards. No matter the opponent, that’s not going to get it done in the NFL.
Joe Flacco and the Ravens’ passing game performed respectably throughout the day, but the unit couldn’t string any drives together. Flacco connected on a couple of long throws late in the game to get the Ravens within striking distance, but it was ultimately a case of too little too late. It’s this offensive inconsistency that’s dooming the Ravens. Their defense has been consistent throughout most of the season. The unit ranks 17th in yard per game (352.5) and 13th in points per game (21.5). On the flip side, the offense ranks 22nd in yards per game (335.7) and 18th in points per game (22.3). The Baltimore running game, however, ranks 27th with a lowly total average of 72.7 yards per game.
You can blame Ray Rice‘s injury for part of the rushing struggles, but he’s now back and supposedly 100 percent.
The current offensive trends in Baltimore are not good. This team needs more balance and consistency in the air and on the ground. At 3-3 in this year’s AFC North, there’s no reason for fans to panic, but business definitely needs to pick up sooner rather than later if this team expects to get back to the playoffs to defend its crown.