The Baltimore Ravens have lost three of their last four games, and they haven’t exactly looked good doing it.
They lost to Jacksonville, 44-7, in Week 3 (and would have been shut out if not for a garbage-time touchdown). They lost 26-9 to Pittsburgh in Week 4 (and trailed 19-0 at halftime). They beat the Derek Carr-less Raiders, 30-7, in Week 5 but mustered just one offensive touchdown. And they lost, 27-24, to Chicago on Sunday and mustered zero offensive touchdowns.
It’s been ugly.
What is going on with the Ravens (3-3)?
“I think there’s a few things,” Super Bowl champion and NFL analyst Qadry Ismail said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “One, the obvious elephant in the room is injury, and (when) you have an offensive line without your All-Pro guard in Mashal Yanda (ankle), you’re going to suffer some. I think with the offensive line, the way it is as we look at it today, there’s still some miscommunication. There’s still some guys getting physically beat at the point of attack, and it’s leading to inconsistent play.”
Especially at quarterback. Joe Flacco finished 24-of-41 for 180 yards and two interceptions against Chicago (2-4). He has four touchdowns and eight interceptions on the season.
“I think one of the things that made Joe Flacco a successful quarterback early in his career – and obviously a Super Bowl MVP – was the fact that he had guys on the outside making plays for him,” Ismail said. “Right now, I don’t really see the consistency with his receivers on the outside. I think this past game against Chicago, they came off a really strong win out in Oakland. Mike Wallace played really well and the deep ball came back into play.”
Indeed, Wallace had three catches for 133 yards against Oakland. Against Chicago, however, he had three catches for 30 yards. In fact, Wallace has been held to 30 yards or fewer in four of six games this season – and eight yards or fewer in three of them.
“They totally took Mike Wallace out of the equation,” Ismail said of the Bears. “(Flacco tried) to get the ball to Breshad Perriman, and he just doesn’t look like a first-round, explosive-threat guy.”
Perriman, the 26th overall pick in 2015, had zero catches on two targets Sunday. He has four catches on 17 targets for 26 yards this season.
“You just see a team that looks not really in sync and a team that has tried to find ways to get its talented players going,” Ismail said. “(But the inconsistency) has been very much failing Joe Flacco.”
The Ravens will try to right the ship this Sunday in Minnesota (4-2). Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.