The Baltimore Ravens have lost their last two games and seem to have a litany of issues. With a long season still ahead, they will need to fix some issues if they want any shot at making the playoffs.
You would think the sky was falling for the Baltimore Ravens by the reactions of fans everywhere. They have good reason to be worried in some areas though. We all knew which areas were concerning going into the season, but other issues have arisen now as well. These are the worst problems facing the Ravens right now.
Lack of consistent playmakers on offense.
Remember when a lot of us fans said this would be the most weapons Joe Flacco has ever had? I’m still waiting for them to show up. Mike Wallace finally appeared against the Steelers and scored the only touchdown, but he also dropped an easy 30-yard pass that could have helped sparked the lifeless offense. Jeremy Maclin scored 2 touchdowns in the first two games but has been quiet since. First-round pick Breshad Perriman is looking more and more like a bust with each game this season. 36-year-old tight end Benjamin Watson has been the most reliable chain mover.
I’m still not ready to give up on Breshad Perriman. There was a lot of hype around him this offseason before he got hurt and missed some of training camp and the preseason. This is his third contract year, but essentially his second year of playing since he missed all of his rookie season. He has yet to have a full offseason of preparation either. This doesn’t excuse his baffling dropped passes though. He made some incredible catches last year in a few games but has dropped just about everything thrown his way so far this year.
The offense is feeling the negligence big time.
Wallace, Maclin, and Watson are all older players. Young players like Perriman, Chris Moore, Maxx Williams or Nick Boyle have all yet to contribute significantly. Alex Collins looks to be by far the most electric player on offense, and he was just taken from the Seahawks practice squad a couple of weeks ago. He also has a fumbling issue and if he doesn’t fix it will find himself in Harbaugh’s doghouse. The best playmaker in the doghouse is not an ideal scenario. Ozzie Newsome just hasn’t drafted well on offense, outside of linemen, lately and it’s starting to really show.