Over the next two days, we are going to bring you our Ravens101 suggested To Do list for the Baltimore Ravens as they head into their bye week. This team has a lot of areas it can improve on for the final nine games of the season, but we have narrowed it down to four major ones and coming in at number three is the secondary.
Earlier today we touched on the Ravens special teams return defense and now we turn our focus to the Ravens secondary.
Coming into this season, the secondary had a different look with the departures of Cary Williams, Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, and it was thought that this would be an area of weakness. It turns out those concerns were legitimate as the secondary has not performed very well thus far this season.
The Ravens front seven has done a tremendous job getting to the quarterback thus far as they are among the league leaders in sacks, but the secondary has not done their part on the back end.
Baltimore's passing defense currently ranks 15th in the NFL as they allow an average of 238.7 passing yards per game, which seems to be decent right? Well, dissect that a little further. Baltimore has played against E.J. Manuel, Brandon Weeden, Matt Schaub and Ryan Tannehill among others this season, which is not a world beater list of quarterbacks in this league.
Diving in even further, the Ravens pass defense has the 9th worst average yards per pass attempt at 7.2 yards per and their 12.1 yards per opponents completion is fourth worst in all of football. Maybe opponents just do not pass that often against the Ravens, but their average opponents passing rating per game of 94.0 is 8th worst in the NFL.
Overall the secondary for the Ravens is just not playing good enough for this football team to be successful, and the fact that their front seven is putting so much pressure on opposing quarterbacks that they should be better in coverage because the amount of time they have to stick with receivers is less.
Do not get us wrong, we understand that the secondary is not solely responsible for the pass defense numbers, but they do play a huge role in it and the amount of wide open receivers has been concerning.
How do you feel the secondary is playing thus far? Let your voice be heard by posting a comment!
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