The Baltimore Ravens lost for the fourth time in five games, which includes back-to-back losses to division opponents. It is quite clear the 2013 Ravens differ from teams of the past. The biggest difference has to be the severe lack of a running game, and the fact quarterback Joe Flacco simply does not appear to have it this season. In general, the dismal numbers all over the board does not bode well for Baltimore.
The Ravens have never lost after a bye week under head coach John Harbaugh. What might be an even more disappointing statistic is that Baltimore had an 11-game win streak against the Cleveland Browns broken up by Jason Campbell and the much improved offense.
The game day numbers get a bit rough, especially since they follow a similar trend this season.
For anyone trying to figure out what the heck is going on with the offense, look no further than running back Ray Rice’s inability to run the football. He posted just 17 rushing yards on 11 carries. That is a pathetic 1.5 yards per rush attempt, which is not much worse than his season average.
Meanwhile, Flacco completed just 58.5 percent of his 41 pass attempts for 250 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It was clear as day Flacco appeared to be out of his element, which most likely had something to do with the fact that he was sacked five times by Cleveland’s defense.
The Ravens have some serious issues in several areas of the team, especially on offense. There is simply no way Baltimore can survive in the physical AFC North without the ability to run the football.