Baltimore Ravens: 5 problems through 5 games
3. Dropped passes and self inflicted wounds:
Michael Crabtree leads the league in drops. That is just not an acceptable thing for the Ravens prized free agent acquisition. The Ravens gave Crabtree a 3 year $21 million deal and he has seven drops, one of which was a potential game winning touchdown. The Ravens have had a bunch of self inflicted wounds but dropped passes are the main culprit.
Fumbles have also been a huge problem. In back to back weeks, Ravens running backs have had a fumble that cost the team dearly. Alex Collins fumbled in Pittsburgh, which allowed the Steelers to climb back into the game. The Ravens could have gone up 21-3, instead it was 14-14 heading into the halftime intermission. Buck Allen fumbled against the Browns and it killed a drive that got off to a good start. Dropped passes are the mistake that has been the most pervasive in frustrating fans, but fumbles are right up there.
Then there is the inexplicable, undeniably unacceptable phenomenon that has been blocked field goals. The Ravens have had two field goals and a Sam Koch punt blocked this season. The Ravens would have won the game in regulation if Tucker’s first half field goal wasn’t blocked, against the Browns. The Ravens have a habit of shooting themselves in the foot. Major mistakes have been incredibly costly.’