The Baltimore Ravens offense has struggled to gain traction this season even with Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews. Now, after an injury to Andrews, the offense has struggled even more.
Andrews was the focal point of the offense early on hauling in three catches for 33 yards in the first half before he was forced to exit the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter.
To make matters worse, Rashod Bateman, who entered the week questionable with a foot injury, has been limited and he’s yet to catch a pass.
The Ravens have been forced to rely on the trio of Devin Duvernay, Demarcus Robinson, and James Proche at wide receiver. The results haven’t been pretty, especially with an anemic running game.
The Ravens’ offense desperately needs a healthy Mark Andrews
If it wasn’t already painfully apparent prior to tonight’s game, this Ravens offense relies on Andrews. Even with the star tight end failing to haul in a pass last week, it’s clear that this team needs Andrews to produce.
With Andrews sidelined and Bateman barely playing, the Ravens’ offense has struggled mightily. Lamar Jackson threw the ball a whopping 30 times in the first half for a grand total of 144 yards.
They have found some production from Robinson who finished with five catches for 49 yards in the first half. He’s been one of the only positives from an otherwise ugly offensive showing.
The Ravens are averaging 4.0 yards per play. They’ve rushed the ball just seven times despite facing a Bucs defense that surrendered 173 yards on the ground to Carolina a week ago.
There will be questions for offensive coordinator Greg Roman. There will be questions for Lamar Jackson. But it’s hard to deny the absence of Andrews and Bateman hasn’t significantly depleted an already thin receiving corps.
The Ravens will look to turn things around in the second half, but to this point, it’s been hard to watch this offense.
*Mark Andrews has been ruled OUT with a shoulder injury*