Baltimore Ravens: 5 problems through 5 games
4. The Defense isn’t generating enough turnovers:
The defense has to be more opportunistic than they have been in the first five weeks of the season. The defense obviously has talent, but the results haven’t been there in terms of takeaways. The Miami Dolphins lead the NFL with 10 interceptions, the Baltimore Ravens have half of that. Tony Jefferson has the only fumble recovery of the season. The defense is good at getting teams off the field. It has to be better at taking the football themselves.
This is a stark contrast to last season, where the Ravens were one of the best teams at taking away the football. It’s hard to complain about this too much, considering they have the third ranked defense in all of football, however it is an area where improvement would be huge. Generating turnovers in the NFL, makes things easier. The team that wins the turnover battle typically wins the game.
You have to wonder if a turnover streak is coming for Baltimore. They after all, have a loaded defense, they just got Jimmy Smith back and they are coming off a season where they were very opportunistic. The defense has gotten better in a lot of ways. They haven’t allowed a second half touchdown at all this season. They also give up the fewest points per game. This team has the talent to be 4-1 at the minimum and taking the football away could allow the Ravens to gain a flashier record.