Ravens bye week checklist: What needs to be fixed?

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Nov 1, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore Ravens defeated San Diego Chargers 29-26. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Play more aggressive on defense

The Ravens aren’t horrible in regards to turning the ball over, but they aren’t great either.  Joe Flacco has thrown 8 interceptions in 8 games, though the Ravens’ 3 fumbles ranks among the lowest of any NFL team.  The problem comes when you analyze the number of times they have recorded a takeaway.

The Ravens have the fourth worst takeaway/giveaway ratio in the NFL with a -7.  The problem, obviously, lies in takeaways.  The Ravens are tied for the least interceptions in the league with 3, and they have only recovered one fumble.

It’s an alarming statistic for a defense that obviously needs to be more aggressive moving forward.  I’m not saying they should jump every route and give up huge plays when it doesn’t work out, but the mentality here needs to change.

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