2. Early warning signs turned into a pattern:
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The Ravens steamrolled the Miami Dolphins 59-10. The Ravens dominated the game so there wasn’t too much to be concerned about. That being said, there were some early signs of trouble in the season opener. In a game where then Ravens front seven destroyed the Dolphins offensive line, they gave up a handful of big plays. Devante Parker had three grabs for 75 yards. Mike Gesicki had 31 yards on two receptions. Allen Hurns had a 22 yard reception and they gave up a touchdown pass to Preston Williams. Since then the Dolphins have scored two field goals.
The Dolphins only passed for 190 yards in the opening contest however they gained chunks when they gained anything at all. There were some things the Ravens needed to tighten up even in a 59-10 blow out. The Cardinals had a great day passing the football against the Ravens. The Chiefs had fun at their expense. In a world where there really isn’t a perfect game the Ravens have had the same problems three weeks in a row. The Dolphins weren’t good enough to manifest it into anything substantial. They got by the Cardinals however there was no way Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs weren’t going to steam roll this defense.
The Ravens defense wasn’t going to shut down Kansas City’s offense however if they had a chance of being a great defense, they would have slowed things down. The Ravens can’t sit back and rationalize this. Yes, the Chiefs put up numbers against everybody but they just abused the Ravens all over the field. This problem is incredibly consistent. Just like injuries don’t explain the problem away, the superior level of the Chiefs offense doesn’t excuse a thing. Injuries, miscommunications, bad play, all add up to one big problem.