Ravens Have to Get Back to the Basics

The Ravens had their lunches handed to them by the Colts on Sunday, and now after aborsbing a 31-3 beating by the Colts, it’s time the team get back to basics.  They were letdown on both sides of the ball, and it will now be the first true test of John Harbaugh’s career to get this team back to square one without them losing all the confidence they had the first three games of the year.

The last two weeks have hurt in different ways.  Last week they had every shot to beat an undefeated Titans team at home, yet were unable to get the job done.  Now against the Colts they were never in the game, and Peyton Manning dominated the leagues best defense from start to finish.

What was more alarming was how bad the Ravens offense played.  While Joe Flacco had 241 yards, he was also picked three times, and seems to be playing with a lack of confidence. The running game did very little to help out Flacco yesterday, as Ray Rice was the leading runner with 23 yards on six carries.  The combo of Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain combined for just 16 yards.  Not going to get it done.


So what now has to happen for a team that has the four of the next five on the road?  For one, the defense has to get that fire back.  They gave up a lot of big plays vs the Colts, and have to start making tackles and not let WR’s get behind them.  They also need to re-establish a running game that has fallen on hard times.  It’s a must to help out Flacco.

Miami, the Ravens next foe, is a team that can be had.  They have to make more plays, not get rattled, and play more like the week 1-3 Ravens than the weeks 4 and 6 Ravens.

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