3 takeaways from the Ravens Week 13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers

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2. Ravens offense still struggling

Since the bye, the offense has been struggling mightily. Suddenly one of the best offenses in the NFL has now turned into one of the worst.

And a direct catalyst to this is that Lamar Jackson is currently playing the worst football of his career. The Ravens will only go as far as Jackson can take them. If he doesn’t play well they typically do not win.

Many are shocked that in a month-long stretch where the offense has been anemic that the team has gone 2-2. The defense is the reason why. However, due to the injuries they have suffered, this team’s margin of error has always been slim.

But now the offense and Lamar Jackson really need to figure things out because of the loss of Marlon Humphrey.

Humphrey was one of the core players that this team couldn’t afford to lose. At the beginning of the season, everyone would list Humphrey, Ronnie Stanley, and Lamar Jackson as the core players that, if lost, the Ravens season would be over.

Well, now the Ravens have lost two of those players. They have been able to lean on their defense lately, but now it’s very doubtful that will continue with the brutal stretch coming up.

Their secondary was already decimated with injuries and now the loss of Humphrey leaves them with three healthy cornerbacks. Losing both All-Pro corners will leave a mark on this defense.

This defense always competes, but opposing teams will be fiercely targeting Chris Westry and whoever the Ravens sign off the street/practice squad this week. It will be very tough to overcome that.

The bottom line, the Ravens’ offense needs to wake up now or their season is over. Hopefully, that last drive from Lamar Jackson and co. can spark something.