The Baltimore Ravens: An Offensive Struggle


Oct 5, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide running back Justin Forsett (29) reacts to scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Baltimore 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

At this point during the football season, with a record of 3-2, it is too early to predict how the season will turn out for the Baltimore Ravens.

But if the Ravens want any chance of it going in a positive way and eventually winning the Super Bowl again, they are going to have to get their offense more structured.

During Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, the Ravens made many mistakes that led them a loss of 13-20

The Ravens turned the ball over three times. The Colts capitalized on these, scoring 10 points off turnovers. And Joe Flacco was sacked a few times.

I believe that one thing the Ravens could most definitely improve on is third-down conversions. It seems as if when they are at  third down, they lost the ability to convert. If they do, it buys them at least three more downs with the ball, which equates to a higher probability of scoring.

For example, there were about two minutes left in the game when they were on the two-yard line and could have scored and tied the game, but they failed to execute a game-winning drive.

And even though a running back is an important offensive position, it is safe to say that none of this failure is caused by Ray Rice not being on the field.

Considering the fact that statistics show that the Ravens actually are looking better this year compared to last year with him on the team.

Last year, Rice was ranked the 30th running back in the league in rushing yards. And the Ravens were averaging 3.2 yards per carry, while this year it is about 4.7 yards per carry.