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Baltimore Ravens Offense Simply not Good Enough in 2013

December 31st, 2013 at 7:16 AM
By Josh Michael

It's not that the Baltimore Ravens are known for monster offensive numbers, but the 2013 version was no where near good enough to make the Ravens legitimate contenders in the AFC North, nonetheless the AFC. The offense got worse in almost ever statistical category in 2013.

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It really was not pretty on the offensive side of the ball this season, especially when you consider the fact that other than Justin Tucker's sixth ranked field goal percentage of 92.68%, Baltimore's offense did not rank inside the top half of the league in any other major offensive category.

So how bad was it?

The Ravens were dead last, yes dead last in all of football in yards per play (4.8) and yards per rush (3.1), while finishing next to last in yards per pass (5.8) and red zone touchdown percentage (46.15%). If you want a real good indicator at the offensive struggles, look no further than Baltimore's red zone touchdown percentage. When you get chances inside the red zone, you have to score touchdowns in this league, and when you convert less than half of your opportunities, it is going to be a long shot to have a winning record.

It didn't stop there though folks, Baltimore also ranked 30th in rushing yards per game (83), and 29th in total yards per game (307.4) and touchdowns per game (1.8). To put the 307.4 total yards per game concept into your mind of just how bad it is, both Peyton Manning (342.3) and Drew Brees (322.6) averaged more passing yards per game than the entire Ravens offense averaged in yards per game.

Obviously, when you look back on the 2013 season, the ineffectiveness of the running game is the most glaring weakness of this team. When a team cannot run the ball effectively, the opposing defense can simply narrow their focus to stopping the passing game, which in turn will vastly hurt the passing game's production.

Ray Rice suffered a hip injury early in the season and he never really looked the same after that and posted career lows in yards per carry, yards per reception and his 660 rushing yards and 321 receiving yards were the lowest totals since his rookie season in 2008.

We would not be doing our job if we did not mention the fact that the Ravens played most of the season without one of their top receiving threats in TE Dennis Pitta and easily missed Anquan Boldin as well.

General Manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens front office staff have a lot of work to do this offseason in re-tooling this offense to get them back into the playoffs in 2014 and one of those moves may be to find a new offensive coordinator.


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Tags: Anquan Boldin, Baltimore, Baltimore Ravens, Dennis Pitta, Football, NFL, ozzie newsome, Ray Rice

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