Long: Ravens Are Limited Because Flacco Is Limited

The Ravens have lost four of five – and the defense is not to blame, Rob Long says

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 08, 2018 - 8:53 am

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After starting the year 3-1, the Baltimore Ravens had hope. They looked like a team that could contend for an AFC North title – and possible more.

Well, they have since lost four of five and enter the bye week with a sub-.500 record. 

What happened?

“They’ve had this problem in the past,” Baltimore’s 105.7 The Fan host Rob Long said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “John Harbaugh does not have a very good record – an under-.500 record – in October. It seems like for some reason that month has been a bugaboo.”

The offense is a big reason why. John Brown, who started the year hot, has been held under 30 receiving yards in three of his last four games.

“They have not been able to get him the football,” Long said. “The Ravens seem to lack that creativity in their offense.”

But why? Is it because of offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg? Perhaps, but Long sees a bigger culprit.

“I think the Ravens offense is limited because the quarterback is limited,” Long said. “If you give up 23 points to the Pittsburgh Steelers, don’t tell me you played bad defense. The problem is you could only score 16 points against a defense that’s not bad, but you should be able to score more than 16 points against at home. They lost a game in which they gave up 12 on the road to the Cleveland Browns.”

Indeed, the Ravens (4-5) lost 12-9 to the Browns in overtime in Week 5. Baltimore averaged 30.8 through its first four games but has averaged just 18.0 over its last five.

“So don’t give me defense,” Long said. “The offense has been limited the last month.”

The Ravens play their next two games at home against Cincinnati (5-3) and Oakland (1-7) in Weeks 11 and 12, respectively. Both games kick off at 1 p.m. ET.