Slow starts for Baltimore Ravens offense

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- There are a lot of areas that need to be fixed on the Baltimore Ravens' offense, from the running game to the deep passing attack. There's also the problem of slow starts.

Over the past two weeks, the Ravens offense hasn't scored a touchdown in the first half. The defense has scored once (Daryl Smith's interception return) and the special teams has reached the end zone (Tandon Doss' punt return). But the offense has managed one field goal in its 10 first-half drives over the past two games.

"We need to start faster," coach John Harbaugh said. "It was field position this last game. You look at each game and each situation. Then it’s execution. We’ve had penalties that have caused us some problems at times that didn’t come up so much in the third quarter. We’ve played well in the third quarter the last two games, but it was a problem in the first game."

Harbaugh added, "So, you chase all those things. We want to start the game well, and we want to start the half well. We want to finish the first half and the second half well. So, we’re chasing all that. And we’ll try to start faster this week; that would be a good thing.”

The Ravens, however, have been able to turn things around, especially quarterback Joe Flacco. In the second half the past two games, Flacco has completed 79.2 percent of his throws for 220 yards. His QBR after halftime is 95.2, which trails only Peyton Manning (98.9).