1. The passing game is productive and gets everybody involved:
The Baltimore Ravens offense is putting up some serious numbers in the passing game. The Ravens are averaging 292 passing yards per game, which ranks ninth in the NFL. The Ravens new receivers are adding a lot to the team, and the offense is doing things it hasn’t done before. Michael Crabtree leads the Ravens in receptions with 15. John Brown leads the Ravens in receiving yards with 222 yards. Willie Snead has 12 receptions for 142 yards and a score.
Flacco has connected with his three tight ends 21 times and has completed 20 passes to the running backs. While Flacco has had success with one or two wide receivers in the past, he’s never been able to spread the ball around like this. Flacco doesn’t have a go to guy that he leans on. He has a balanced group of weapons. Crabtree is a perfect possession receiver to catch the tough ones. John Brown gets the deep passes and Willie Snead is a perfect intermediate passing game option.
The Ravens offense is looking great despite the running game lagging behind. The passing attack is the main feature of this offense. Think about how amazing that is. Last year, the Ravens made passing the football look like solving five Rubik’s cubes at the same time. This year it has been easy. Even in the loss to Cincinnati, Flacco had a prolific game. The Ravens offense looks brand new and Flacco is living up to his contract (all of the sudden).