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.
During the last four weeks, Joe Flacco has thrown 23 deep passes (2nd most).— Pat Thorman (@Pat_Thorman) November 9, 2018
His passer rating on those throws (7.9) is five times worse than if they’d all landed out of bounds.
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.
Joe Flacco is dealing with a hip injury, seeking medical opinions. Could require surgery, or prolonged rest, or possibly he could play thru it (though that seems less likely). Ravens have been ramping up Lamar Jackson, anyway. Week 11 seeming more and more like natural transition— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 9, 2018
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