3 concerns for Baltimore Ravens in rematch with Tennessee Titans
2. Will the Ravens lose the battle in the trenches on offense?
We just talked about how the battle upfront could impact the Ravens on the defensive side of the football. What about the battle on the other side of the football? The offensive line is a reoccurring nightmare for the Ravens.
To top that all off, Nick Boyle is out for the year. Boyle was a crucial element of both the run game and the pass protection. Taking Boyle out of this offense isn’t exactly an easy fix, it’s rather a problem that could linger for the rest of the year.
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Last year the Ravens had one of the best offensive line units in football. They had a future Hall of Fame inductee at right guard. They had Ronnie Stanley at left tackle, and Orlando Brown Jr. playing his natural position on the right side. In that fateful playoff game, the Titans weren’t supposed to have a matchup advantage on Baltimore in the trenches. The line of scrimmage was Baltimore’s to win and they lost it.
Now the Ravens are without two of their most important players in Stanley and Boyle. At least with Stanley, the Ravens have been getting used to his absence. Boyle going down is the latest curveball in what has been the most frustrating 6-3 span possible. D.J. Fluker just had a fairly poor game against the Patriots. That’s kind of being too lenient but after three full days, it’s hard to keep rampaging with the keyboard.
The Titans haven’t been great on defense. That’s also being a little too nice. If the Titans hadn’t smacked the Ravens in the playoffs it would make being harsher a little easier. The Titans have given up the 11th most yards this season. They also give up 26.1 points per game. The Ravens aren’t going up against a great defense and yet it is impossible to feel confident that they will win at the line of scrimmage.