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The Baltimore Ravens season started so well, a complete domination of the Bills, a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in primetime at Heinz Field and 11 sacks against the Titans. The Ravens sat at 4-2, tied for first place in the AFC North. They had the best defense in the league and appeared to have an improved offense with three new receivers.

However, three weeks later and the Ravens are now 4-5 after a close loss to the New Orleans Saints and rough losses against the Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers. 

There's a lot to look at to try and figure out what's gone wrong for Baltimore so quickly, but a lot of it comes back to the quarterback.

Joe Flacco's greatest strength was always that he could throw a great deep ball. When the Ravens were winning, it was because Flacco was connecting on deep passes to John Brown and Michael Crabtree. Since that deep threat has all but disappeared, the Ravens offense has gone stagnant.

There's no clear solution to this problem, although it now appears there might be an explanation -- Flacco is actually hurt. This means the Lamar Jackson train is gaining a lot of steam during the team's Week 10 bye.

If Flacco is really hurt then that explains the poor throws on deep balls and Jackson may very well be the starter next week after the bye. For now, all we know is that Flacco has been atrocious when throwing deep and something needs to change fast if the Ravens want to make the playoffs this season.

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