Pick an offensive lineman, any offensive lineman. Can you say something nice about his performance against the Packers? My bet is that you can’t, because there is nothing nice to say. Life without Ronnie Stanley was rough. James Hurst whiffed all day at pass rushers off the edge. Luke Bowanko started at left guard and let’s just say it wasn’t fun to watch. The Ravens offensive line only gave up three sacks but it easily could have been more. This is one game where the propensity to throw short passes was a good thing.
More than anything, the offensive line crippled the running game. Going into the game the Ravens had a top 10 rushing offense but it didn’t look that way on Sunday. Alex Collins averaged 2.5 yards per carry. Buck Allen had an even two yards per rushing attempt. These are numbers to balk at. The Ravens didn’t get any production from wide receivers not named Wallace or Maclin. The Ravens have more than two receivers but it doesn’t feel that way.
The good outweighed the bad and ugly in this game. Two thirds of the team did their fair share. The offense just didn’t do enough in this game to ease concerns. Baltimore has a real shot at making the playoffs as a sixth seed. The offense must step it up in the final six weeks.