Ravens lose to Titans: 3 personnel problems sticking out
2. Pass rush isn’t fully stocked even if the Ravens had Calais Campbell:
The Ravens were without two of their best defensive linemen against the Titans. Calais Campbell would have made a difference, but let’s not act like the Ravens pass rushers are supplying enough. Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue both provided a sack. The Ravens need a pass rush to come from other players. The defensive line didn’t have a bad day all things considering, but in a game where the Titans had 32 passing attempts, Ryan Tannehill seemed awfully comfortable back there.
The interception that Tyus Bowser had did come from pressure bowling its way to Tannehill. Patrick Queen came on a blitz on that play. Blitzing is the only thing that seems to work for Baltimore. It’s a problem. The Ravens can’t win in the pass rush game without sending extra defenders. If the Ravens had five or seven sacks in this game that wouldn’t be a problem. They had two sacks, both coming from players who are there to get after the quarterback blitz or no blitz.
Games are won upfront in the NFL. The Ravens aren’t winning enough battles in the trenches to be a good team. In fact, they aren’t winning enough battles on either side of the ball. At the line of scrimmage, the Ravens are not taking care of enough business. The Ravens need more flashy play-makers sure, but they need the big substantive upgrades too. The Ravens are better in this area with Calais Campbell. They aren’t good enough in this area with Campbell for this to be a problem isolated to the Titans game. This problem is sticking out like a sore thumb.