The Ravens Offense Not Performing To Their Standards
By Ronny Hurd
Sep 15, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) is looked at by a team trainer after suffering an apparent hip injury against the Cleveland Browns during the second half at M
This year’s Ravens offense does not look like last years offense, thus far. Last year’s offense was explosive with the dynamic duo of Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce at running back, along with the aerial attack of Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith.
While the stats indicate that Flacco did somewhat well in week one against the Denver Broncos, throwing for 362 yards and two touchdowns, he also threw for two interceptions and forced the deep ball on multiple occasions.
In week two against the Cleveland Browns, Flacco didn’t throw a touchdown until the early fourth quarter. The Ravens offense, alone, didn’t put points on the board until Bernard Pierce rushed for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Speaking of the running game, the duo of Bernard Pierce and Ray Rice haven’t made the noise everyone expected them to make early in the season.
Rice, who suffered a hip injury in week two against the Browns, only had 36 rushing yards in each of the Ravens first two games of the season.
Pierce really didn’t emerge until taking over for the injured Rice on Sunday against the Browns. He did have a touchdown, but only rushed for 57 yards on 19 attempts.
While the Ravens did get the win on Sunday over the Browns, it was not up to the standards of the defending Super Bowl champs. Luckily for the Ravens, they have plenty of time to patch things up before they actually start defending their Super Bowl championship.