The Baltimore Ravens have finished with an 8-8 record in two of the last four seasons and it’s looking like the 2017 season may end up turning out the same.
Baltimore fell to 4-5 after losing to the Tennessee Titans, 23-20, on Nov. 5 in Nashville, Tenn.
The loss was consistent with how the Ravens have trended this season. When Baltimore won two straight games in dominant manner to start the season, they followed it up with two straight stinkers in Week Three and Four.
They surprisingly beat the crap out of the Miami Dolphins (who were 4-2 going into that game) in Week Eight, then turned around and lost in sorry fashion to the Titans (5-3) in Week Nine.
It’s been that story all season for the Ravens — they just aren’t good enough of a team to start and maintain a winning streak.
The problem has obviously been the offense. But contrary to the common theme thrown out there, I️ don’t believe it’s a personnel issue. From what I️ see, it’s a systemic issue.
The Ravens have no identity on offense because they don’t have an effective system in place. They don’t know what they want to do on offense and they’re failing at figuring it out “on the go” during this season.
Baltimore started out the season thinking its defense was good enough to just roll out a basic game plan on offense—just run the football, avoid turnovers and let the defense dominate. It worked for two weeks but since then, the Ravens defense has been plagued by injuries and inconsistent play against the run. Opponents have been able to score a lot of points against the Ravens, putting more pressure on Baltimore’s offensive unit to do more than just avoid turnovers; they need to score points, too. The issue there is this offensive unit was never prepared or equipped by its coaching staff to score on a consistent basis. And that’s why they struggle to barely score 20 points against a middle-of-the-pack 16th ranked Titans defense.
Until Baltimore finds an identity on offense, expect more of the same: They’ll play well enough to win today, then bad enough to lose tomorrow and ultimately finish the season with yet another 8-8 record.