(Ravens’ Elvis Dumervil, left, and Lawrence Guy sit dejectedly on the bench as the Steelers defeat the Ravens 31-27 Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/TNS)
The Ravens season was like an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians, one moment everything is going great and before you know it there are tears.
The Baltimore Ravens finished the rocky season with a 9-7 record. They finished with one of the best defenses in the league along with one of the worst offenses. They started off the season 3-0 beating the Bills, Browns and Jaguars but then went on a 4 game losing skid. And that’s when the crazy roller coaster started.
The Ravens season featured games where they’d rush for only 8 yards against one of the worst defenses (statistically speaking) and just a few weeks later win by 30+ to a great team like the Dolphins and then get eliminated from the playoffs as seconds expired in week 16.
Specifically in the game against the Steelers, in week 16 the Ravens held a comfortable 10 point lead heading into the 4th quarter. But the Steelers were within 3 points with 14 seconds to go. Then, 5 seconds later they had a 4 point lead with only 9 seconds left.
“It was a pretty frustrating season but this game especially was very heartbreaking to watch from the Ravens standpoint, ” Heyab Kiflu, said.
Most Ravens fans also believed that the Ravens defense looked much better on paper than when you actually watch them play.
“It’s like you know that they have the league’s top ranked defense when you turn the TV on but when you start watching the game go on. They look pretty mediocre with no special big plays. You don’t really see anything that makes you go, WOW!” freshman at Springbrook and NFL fan Michael Solomon said.
But after further interviews and analysis the primary reason for the rocky season seems to put the blame on the lack of a successful offense.
The Ravens offense spent all of this season in the bottom half of the rankings.
The Ravens averaged 21.4 points per game. They scored 343 total points. That’s ranked 21st in the league and almost 200 points less than Super Bowl contenders Atlanta Falcons have scored.
The offense did remain healthy compared to all the injuries they faced last season.
“It was really good seeing a much healthier squad on offense and defense this season compared to last season. It was good to see Breshad finally getting good reps, although he had plenty of key drops in very critical situations throughout the season,” Michael Solomon said.
Another key reason for the offense’s depressing season was because of all the drops.
The Ravens finished the season with 24 drops, that is the 6th most in the league. You can’t expect to close out games when you average almost 2 drops a game.
Overall the Ravens did manage to move heads as they kept setting records on the defensive side of the ball. But as to the offensive side, boy oh boy do they need to work on their issues and resolve them in time before the start of the next season.
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