After the Ravens lost to the Raiders in Week Four, quarterback Joe Flacco lamented the ways the offense has been making it “tough on ourselves” this season.
Sunday’s game against the Redskins saw the Ravens turn in an offensive performance that was even less impressive than they’d managed against Oakland. They gained 306 yards, converted just three of the 15 third downs they faced and didn’t complete a pass of more than 15 yards all day against a defense that was playing without a slew of defensive backs.
“It is frustrating. I’m not happy,” Flacco said, via ESPN.com. “It’s embarrassing to run off the field in front of your home fans, in front of your teammates. … Our defense is putting up awesome plays week after week, and we’re just running off the field. It doesn’t feel good as a quarterback, the leader of this offense, to do that.”
The Ravens jumped out to an early 7-0 on a drive that saw them run the ball five times for 49 yards. They’d end the first quarter with 11 runs for 74 yards, but ran the ball just seven times the rest of the day despite leading at the half and never falling behind by more than one score in the final two quarters.
Coach John Harbaugh said that the team “can’t find continuity” on offense. Sticking with the things that are working would be one way to discover it.