Baltimore Ravens: Week 5 Best and Worst Performances

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Oct 5, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws a pass against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Worst: Pass protection

The Ravens’ offensive line stood out today for all the wrong reasons, consistently surrendering pressure to a mediocre Colts front seven.

There were plenty of instances of Ravens’ linemen simply getting beat, most prominently rookie James Hurst. Hurst played well in his first start last week against Carolina, but he looked like an undrafted free agent against the Colts.

More concerning were the communication issues. The Colts blitzed frequently in this game and clearly did a good job of disguising their calls, as the Ravens failed to block five-man rushes for most of the game.

Because the ground game was efficient, I can’t call the offensive line’s performance a complete failure, but their inability to protect Joe Flacco was the main reason the passing game struggled.