Baltimore Ravens: What We Learned From Loss to Raiders

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Baltimore is Not Super-Bowl Caliber Right Now

September 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (right) argues with NFL side judge Rick Patterson (15) during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Ravens 37-33. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

There were very high expectations for the Baltimore Ravens heading into the 2015-16 season, but now, those expectations are not quite panning out.

In Week 1, the offense struggled, while the defense shined. The roles were pretty much reversed in Week 2, as Baltimore’s defense was exposed by an unproven Raiders offense. It just doesn’t make much sense how this unit performed so well against an explosive Broncos offense, but struggled so mightily against an inferior Oakland offense.

Consistency is key and this football team sorely lacks in that department right now. When you look at all of the Super Bowl champions over the past several years, including the 2012 Ravens team, these teams excelled on both sides of the ball. At this point, it’s difficult to pinpoint one particular that that the Ravens excel at.

Great teams finish games and Baltimore failed to do so in the first two games of the season. Sure, the Ravens are only two games into the season, but every game counts. It’s not time to hit the panic button yet, but if they don’t win against Cincinnati in Week 3, there’s a serious problem.