Monday, September 19, 2011
Upon further review: Ravens
By Jamison Hensley
Revisiting the Baltimore Ravens' 26-13 loss at the Tennessee Titans:
While many point to a letdown as the main reason why the Ravens ware upset by the Titans, the real downfall of the Ravens was their inability to stop Tennessee and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on third down.
On the Titans' five scoring drives, the Ravens allowed Hasselbeck to complete 10 of 11 third-down passes for 124 yards and one touchdown. This is the result of the Ravens cutting down their blitzes against Hasselbeck, who gets rid of the ball quickly, and the state of the Ravens' cornerback group.
The Ravens' most talented cornerback, first-round pick Jimmy Smith, is probably out until after the Week 5 bye with a high-ankle sprain. Their highest-paid cornerback, Domonique Foxworth, hasn't looked the same since having his knee surgically repaired last year. And there have been injuries to two other cornerbacks, Chris Carr and Lardarius Webb.
Until the Ravens get healthy at cornerback and get a more consistent pass rush, teams are going to attack the Ravens through the air.
STAT THAT STICKS: 52.5 -- Completion percentage for Joe Flacco after two games. He completed at least 62 percent of his throws in 2009 and 2010.
OVERHEARD: "I don't have any theory right now. Everybody is going to have a theory, and none of them are going to be right. There were a lot of things that were a part of it." Ravens coach John Harbaugh on why his team was upended by Tennessee.
LOOKING AHEAD: The Ravens stay on the road where they'll play at the St. Louis Rams (0-1), who are playing at the New York Giants tonight.