When we hear the word Baltimore, “we” being to NFL enthusiasts, the first thing that comes to our mind is defense. Baltimore has been the home of some of the greatest defenses and defensive players in NFL history. This year, as always, the defense has played a major part in all six wins for the Baltimore Ravens, but the same cannot be said for the offense. The offense has shown signs of inconsistency all year long and many wonder if they will ever get it rolling.
Joe Flacco has had games this season where he has looked like the quarterback that everyone thought he would become. He threw 3 touchdowns in the season opener against Pittsburgh, threw 3 more against St. Louis in a game that many believed was his best as a starter, and he showed that could lead the two minute drill last week against the Steelers. There is no doubt that Flacco has all the physical tools to become a dominant quarterback, but sometimes he looks unsure and uncomfortable in the pocket. Joe Flacco has only thrown 3 touchdowns in his past five games, and has regressed tremendously from earlier in the season.
Ray Rice is one of the more dominant backs in the NFL. He has the ability to not only run the ball for 100-yards on the ground a game, but also get 100-yards in the air. His versatility and hard-nose running style makes him the center of the Ravens offensive attack. The inconsistency of the Ravens passing attacks causes defenses to key on Rice and he has struggled running the ball at times this season. Rice only averages 67-yards per game and has six touchdowns on the ground, three of them coming against Arizona, but he has had a successful season as a receiver. Ray Rice is definitely the backbone of the Ravens offense, but he can’t do everything.
Anquan Boldin has been a very good acquisition for the Baltimore Ravens as he seems to be Flaccos favorite target. The Flacco to Boldin connection has been very successful as of late as the two have connected 26 times in the past four games. Two of those games Boldin had over 130-yards. Flacco has found comfort with his rookie receiver Torrey Smith as well as they have hooked up deep on several different occasions throughout the season.
Baltimore still faces the likes of Seattle, Indianapolis, and Cleveland so they still have the chance to tweak some things on the offensive side of the ball before they head into post-season play. Playing these weaker teams will allow the Ravens to gain confidence and get a rhythm. They still play playoff contenders such as San Francisco and Cincinnati, so they will have a chance to prove themselves against good teams as well.
All of the weapons for the Ravens offense are there. They have the elite running back, all-star wide receiver, and strong armed quarterback, but they have struggled to get on the same page at times this season. If they are going to be Super Bowl contenders they need to get back to the balance that they had at the beginning of the season.
I personally believe that the Ravens will get back to a more balanced offensive attack and it will be sooner rather than later.
What do you think?