Baltimore Ravens’ Offense Has Nightmare Performance Against New England Patriots
Coming into Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, the Baltimore Ravens won the last meeting, but that would not be the case this time around. With Joe Flacco‘s limited mobility and the Ravens’ questionable play calling, Baltimore’s offense embarrassed themselves in the 41-7 loss.
After a thrilling 18-16 victory over the Detroit Lions on a 61-yard Justin Tucker field goal, it looked like the Ravens had some momentum going into Sunday’s match. However, Baltimore’s offense failed to find many scoring opportunities including field goal attempts.
A key to Baltimore’s offensive failure was Flacco’s limited mobility due to wearing a knee brace. Granted Flacco isn’t the most run savvy quarterback, but his ability to allude defenders and run for decent yardage has been key to the Ravens’ success this season. However, this option wasn’t available Sunday against the Patriots and that cost the Ravens’ offensive effectiveness.
Additionally, the Ravens’ offensive line played poorly. They allowed the Patriots to hit Flacco seven times, gave up five tackles for a loss, forced two interceptions and four sacks. Overall, the Ravens managed 237 passing and 121 rushing yards, but failed to string anything together in the individual drives.
Likewise, the Ravens made some questionable play calls. On fourth and one, the Ravens elected to pass over running the ball. This is just baffling when all you need is one yard and the Patriots are ranked 31st in rushing yards allowed. The Ravens failed to convert on that fourth down, among others in the game. This is one reason why they failed to play to their potential against New England.
Overall, the Ravens’ offensive play Sunday has to be among their worst performances this season and the worst loss in John Harbaugh‘s tenure. With a matchup against the Cincinatti Bengals next weekend, the Ravens need to move on from this embarrassing loss. In order to have a chance of making the playoffs, Baltimore must win before receiving help.
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