3 important things Baltimore Ravens learned in week 5

Oct 11, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) fumbles while being sacked by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (24) in the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) fumbles while being sacked by Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters (24) in the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 11, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) runs with the ball in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back J.K. Dobbins (27) runs with the ball in the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports /

3. The Ravens offense isn’t right:

The Ravens offense just isn’t right. Jackson has put up less than 200 passing yards three games in a row. Jackson isn’t making the same big plays on the ground. Speaking of the ground game, it wasn’t that good against the Bengals. Takeaway the reverse play where Devin Duvernay picked up 42 yards, the Ravens only rushed for 119 yards. That may sound like a good number for most teams, yet it wasn’t where the Ravens need to be. The Ravens offense, isn’t meant to be a pass happy offense. The run game is supposed to be what the passing game is for other teams, the main method of moving the football.

The biggest problem with the offense is that the offensive line is getting beat at the line of scrimmage. It’s hard to be a dominant and efficient offense when you’re not winning the line of scrimmage. On passing plays, Jackson is off schedule and that often has a lot to do with the pressure he has to evade right away. On running plays, the Ravens aren’t getting the push they usually did. Those huge gashing runs turned into okay pickups and it’s flattened the gains of the entire offense. Teams are determined to stop Jackson from beating them with his legs. When Jackson isn’t hitting throws down the field, they’re leaving points on the board. The Ravens were built to be a team that beat you the way you chose for them. This year, the Ravens haven’t been as adaptive especially against the Bengals and Chiefs. It didn’t matter against the Bengals, it surely did against Kansas City.

The Ravens need to do a better job spreading the ball around in the passing game. Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown both had six passes. No wide receiver other than Brown had more than two receptions. Devin Duvernay had that big run play and the Ravens seemingly forgot he was in the game.

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If Jackson can’t spread the ball out to his other weapons, the Ravens will be too predictable. In the run game the Ravens just need to pick a back and let him get some work done. Constant running back rotation is getting old. The bottom line is that the offense isn’t right and these problems have to be figured out.