A new month brings new hope for the struggling Baltimore Ravens, who are entering the final two months of the season at 3-5. Since 2008, the Ravens have an impressive 17-6 record in the month of November, giving them the second best record in the month. Things haven’t been going well for the team as they head into their most important game of the season with a three game losing streak. And don’t think for a second that Cincinnati doesn’t know the implications of this game. If they come into Baltimore this Sunday and knock off the Ravens, Baltimore has to all but win out to make the postseason. The good news is that, as mentioned, Harbaugh teams have thrived in this month, and this team is going to need to continue that trend if they want to make a comeback.
The Ravens have seemed to found their offensive identity, using shotgun the majority of the time and letting quarterback Joe Flacco check plays at the line. The team has elected to use a lot of 11 formation, which means one tight end, one running back and three wide receivers. The team still isn’t running the ball effectively, but they have elected to use shotgun and spread the field out when they try and run. They have also added the pistol formation to their playbook, but it was ineffective in trying to get the run game going. Fullback Vontae Leach saw the field sparingly, and that should be a sign of things to come. Now that the team has picked a direction for this offense, it would appear that things should be pointing up for this unit.
Urgency is now at an all time high at the Under Armour Performance Center. Players and coaches know that their jobs could be on the line if things don’t turn around. Urgency isn’t a bad thing, as the team may now start playing well early in games and not look back. This team has played from behind way too much this season and that’ll have to change if the team wants to remain successful in November.