Ravens run-game struggling? Todd Monken not delivering? Fast starts, slow finishes?

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The Ravens defeated the Titans 24-16 on Sunday. That is probably all that matters now, but that doesn't mean that there aren't concerns with the way Baltimore got there if they want to become a real postseason threat.

Baltimore was close to failing to score a single touchdown through the first half of Sunday's matchup- Only a pass from Lamar Jackson to rookie Zay Flowers prevented that as the latter scored the first touchdown of his career on the play.

The score was 15-3 after the play, and the Ravens reached halftime in a commanding 18-3 position. That would soon change, however, with Baltimore struggling after the break and only adding six more points (via field goals) to the scoreboard.

Lamar started the game going 6-for-6 and completing all of those passes for a fantastic 74-yard tally. He finished the game with 223 yards, and one touchdown against only one interception, and the quarterback also contributed the most rushing yards among Ravens with 62 on 13 carries.

The problem, of course, is that Baltimore entered Week 5 having scored 12-of-15 times they reached the red zone only to fall to a 2-of-9 balance in the past two games, including scoring just one touchdown in London on Sunday, per Luke Jones of Baltimore Positive.

For some unexplainable reason, Ravens Offensive Coordinator Todd Monken kept calling running plays when it was very clear that approach wasn't working at all, let alone inside the red zone.

Gus Edwards rushed the ball 16 times for just 41 yards. Justice Hill finished with 35 yards on eight carries. UDFA rookie rusher Keaton Mitchell, who made his debut on Sunday, only appeared on special-team plays and didn't log a singly rushing attempt.

Once more, it was Lamar leading all Ravens rushers with 13 carries and scrambles and putting up 62 yards, 21 more than the second-best tally accrued by a running back, while also rushing for the most yards in a single play by going for 12 compared to Hill's top run of 10 yards.

Baltimore dominated the first 30 minutes by scoring in five of their six possessions and accruing 242 yards to the Titans 66. After that: crickets. That's why a 15-point lead (18-3) was entirely flipped and put the Ravens on the verge of losing (yes, losing all by their own fault) another game.

The Titans could only score 13 points in the second half, but the Ravens scored only six more, finishing the final two periods on a losing 6-13 score. That's just unacceptable, as is the fact that they have only scored two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in the past two games.

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Monken has been great and deserves some credit six months into the season, but there are some glaring issues still present that need to be fixed before it's too late.

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