Ravens vs 49ers: Keys to victory for week 6

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Aug 7, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. (89) talks to teammates in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens are 1-4, holding down the basement in the AFC North after blowing yet another 4th quarter lead in week 5.  Despite Justin Forsett’s man on a mission performance and a dominant run defense, this team simply couldn’t overcome the masterful arm of Josh McCown, who tore the secondary apart.

In last week’s keys to victory segment, we pointed out that a wide receiver not named Steve Smith would need to step up (namely Kamar Aiken), the running game would need to stay on track, and the run defense would need to continue to work.  Unfortunately, all three came to fruition and the Ravens still lost.

But fear not, Ravens fans, because there are still 11 games remaining.  There is still time for this team to turn things around, albeit not a lot of time.  Every loss brings them that much closer to a lost season, something the Ravens haven’t faced in a long time.

The 49ers aren’t exactly an imposing foe this season, but have played much better at home than on the road.  Plus, they came very close to beating the Giants on the east coast last week, so the Ravens can’t afford to take them lightly.

Let’s take a look at what the Ravens must do this week as they prepare to face a team that is surprisingly just as downtrodden as they are.

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