Ravens: Is the uptempo offense their Achilles heel?


Aug 22, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford (7) throws against the Baltimore Ravens during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens were absolutely dominated in every aspect of Saturday night’s preseason loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, so it’s hard to peg the blame on just aspect or side of the ball.

But facing a team that runs more offensive plays than anyone in any given game, was the collapse of the defense a given considering the Ravens’ history against the up tempo?  This gem came courtesy via Twitter from Russell Street Report:

It’s all too true, and the weakness of this normally dominant defense was clearly on display against the hyper fast Eagles.  That, combined with the lack of adjustments and the players’ failure to get into position fast enough, and you had a defensive meltdown of epic proportions.

We can also point to the ridiculous number of injuries along the offensive line as perhaps an even bigger issue, of course.  The Ravens’ problems along their stellar line might shake things up a bit as the team whittles down the final roster.

But it’s too early to go crazy and predict a doomsday collapse for the Ravens in 2015.  Remember how everyone completely wrote off the Patriots after just a couple of weeks last season?  As we’ve seen throughout history, August and even September aren’t always a concrete indicator of what is to come.

As we lick our proverbial wounds and get ready for a bounce back performance Saturday night against the Redskins, here’s all the hottest Ravens bits floating around the web.

Baltimore Ravens news and notes from around the FanSided network

Ravens thoughts vs. Eagles – Phil Naegely, NFL Spin Zone

Terrell Suggs trolls Eagles after hitting Sam Bradford lowJosh Hill, FanSided

Ravens downright awful vs. EaglesJoe Serpico, The Baltimore Wire

Baltimore Ravens news and notes from around the rest of the web

Eagles take issue with Terrell Suggs targeting Sam Bradford’s left kneePhil Sheridan, ESPN

Ravens vs. Eagles: Postgame grades, notes, and quotesJason Marcum, Bleacher Report

Ravens turn in nightmarish effort in second preseason gameJamison Hensley, ESPN

Ravens without six offensive linemen in second preseason gameJamison Hensley, ESPN

Ravens hope not to be painted into a corner at cornerback againJeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun

Juan Castillo likes Eugene Monroe’s transition to Ravens to Eagles Jason PetersJon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun

Kelechi Osemele returns, but Achilles injury could last into regular seasonJon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun

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