The Baltimore Ravens are sitting at 8-3, but even after a decisive win against the Cincinnati Bengals, there are vibes that the team can do better and more to close out the season. With the injury to Mark Andrews, they will have to make significant improvements across the board.
If the Ravens want to turn an 8-3 start into a playoff run, they need to get more from the following players.
5. Patrick Queen needs to improve his play for the Baltimore Ravens
One of the better storylines of the early part of the season was the play of Patrick Queen. His career changed when the Baltimore Ravens traded for Roquan Smith. It allowed him to think less and play faster as Smith would help him align, and he would take off from there.
Still, Queen has seen his play drop in recent weeks, and the last two games may have been the worst. It was under the spotlight because of the division games, but Queen has seen his play drop since week six when the team came back from their overseas travel.
From weeks seven through 11, he has ten missed tackles, when he had just three in the first six weeks. Also, PFF has him charged with 52 yards per game over the last five games. In the first six games, he was allowing just 23 yards per game in coverage. His worst game as a run defender was against Cleveland, and his worst game in coverage was against Cincinnati. That is a bad trend.
This had made the decision of what to do with Queen easier, as he is always likely to walk in free agency. Now, the team is realizing that they can save money and upgrade from Queen if they play it right.
When Queen was at his best, the defense was elite. Is it as good right now, and can Queen help get it back to the best status?