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It took an entire 10 minute overtime period Baltimore Ravens Womens Hoodie , but the Ravens fell to 3-2 on the season as they lost 12-9 to the Cleveland Browns. Baltimore’s offense was anemic, while their defense was stout for a vast majority of the game. After being hyped up as one of the best teams in the AFC heading into Week 5, the Ravens were far from that on Sunday.1. Checkdown Joe‘Fluke-O’ is an infamous nickname that FS1’s Skip Bayless has given to Joe Flacco, and it may be an extremely accurate moniker. Flacco has been inconsistent, especially in the regular season, for a majority of his career. He has put together stretches of dominant performances while compiling several ugly games in the same year. Through the first five weeks of this season, Flacco has been more ‘January Joe,’ but against the Browns, he struggled mightily. Flacco made several horrible decisions and was extremely inaccurate for much of the game. The deadly accuracy he displayed last week against the Steelers was non-existent at FirstEnergy Stadium. Despite the entire offense being horrendous, the leader of the team let them down when it mattered most. ‘Checkdown Joe’ is another nickname that Flacco earned last season, as he finished with a league-low 5.72 yards per attempt. In Week 5, he finished with a measly 5.32 yards per attempt. Although his day was plagued with drops Womens Customized Baltimore Ravens Jerseys , and he was constantly under duress, Flacco failed to deliver, despite receiving plenty of ample opportunities in regulation and overtime. 2. Shuffle upHow many games does offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg need to watch where his offensive line struggles before he makes a change? Although James Hurst was serviceable at right tackle, Alex Lewis and Matt Skura continued to get bullied inside. Cleveland’s defensive line is stout, but this group was atrocious. Orlando Brown Jr. showed enough in the preseason to earn an opportunity. By putting Brown Jr. at right tackle, Hurst could move to left guard, a position he showcased an adept ability to play last year. In this scenario, the center position would be an open competition between Lewis, Skura and Hroniss Grasu. 3. Just run itBaltimore finished with 57 pass attempts to 25 rushing attempts, which is an inexcusable ratio. Alex Collins finished with 59 rushing yards off of 12 carries, while Javorius Allen had 34 yards. Taking into consideration the high-level Cleveland’s secondary was playing at, the Ravens’ pass-heavy game plan was irrational. They were having success at various points throughout the game www.ravenscheapstores.com , yet when it mattered most, Mornhinweg stuck with the aerial attack. The receivers were struggling to create separation, and their tight ends were a non-factor in the passing game. The Ravens shied away from outside zone concepts despite their success. After putting together two masterful game plans, Mornhinweg failed to deliver against a talented Browns defense. 4. Captain obvious The Ravens had a tremendous game defensively in spite of rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield who finished with 342 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Don Martindale’s unit was a stinger, allowing only 12 points. The key to their success was their exotic looks on third downs that led to the Browns converting just six of 19 opportunities. Even without Tim Williams, the pass-rush was alive and well. They totaled five sacks, including one from Brandon Williams. The defense may have allowed a couple of significant plays in overtime, but this unit should not be held responsible for the loss. 5. This offense was offensive Aside from the questionable play calling, the offense could not execute, specifically on third downs. They finished four for 16, and zero for three in the red zone http://www.ravensauthorizedshops.com/authentic-john-brown-jersey , including a drop by Michael Crabtree in the end zone that could have won the game. Crabtree’s performance may not look as bad as it was on paper since he finished with six receptions for 66 yards; however, his two drops were untimely and drive killers. Although his red zone incompletion may not go down in the official stat book as a drop, it bounced off of his hands and should have been caught.Baltimore had 15 drives in this game, and they started at their own 34-yard line or better seven times. The Ravens took over in Cleveland territory one time, while they only started inside their own 16-yard line three times. Field position was far from the issue, and considering how good their defense played, it was pathetic that Baltimore only amounted nine points. 6. The Lamar Jackson package needs to be fine-tunedThe ‘Lamar Jackson Package’ worked well against the Steelers. However, one week later, Baltimore did not build off of the looks they showed. In order to stay unpredictable and confuse defenses, play designs and concepts need to evolve and grow. The set of plays were essentially the same. Power run concepts with Jackson are not the solution. Mornhinweg could be saving his best stuff for later in the season, but in theory, running RPOs with Jackson would work well. The linebackers may overcommit to the run and Jackson could hit the open receiver Authentic Mark Andrews Jersey , or they would honor the route of the receiver and Jackson/Alex Collins would have a less crowded box to run in. 7. Will the real Ravens please stand up?After the quarter pole of the season, Baltimore was considered one of the top contenders in the AFC. One week should not make-or-break that notion. However, with a tough slate of games upcoming for the Ravens, the true value of this team will be revealed. It is hard to get a read on Baltimore. They have looked atrocious in two of their three road games while looking dominant in their two home games.Ravens vs. Steelers: Play of the Week The Ravens made plays on both sides of the ball Sunday night, securing a huge 26-14 victory against the Steelers. Baltimore jumped out a 14-0 lead early, but the Steelers quickly came back to tie the game entering halftime. The second half was all Baltimore as the Ravens outscored Pittsburgh 12-0. The Ravens did an exceptional job slowing down Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers dynamic passing attack. Pittsburgh gained just 284 yards of total offense and 14 first downs. Check out all the best plays from the big victory and vote for your favorite below! John Brown 33-yard touchdown reception: John Brown is quickly becoming a fan favorite in Baltimore. With just over 10 minutes left in the first quarter he again showed us why. Brown, lined up in the slot, sprinted past two Pittsburgh defenders with ease and caught a perfectly placed ball in the endzone. The 33-yard touchdown reception got the Ravens on the board early.Tony Jefferson Forced Fumble: Immediately after the John Brown touchdown, Baltimore regained possession thanks to a big play by Tony Jefferson. Steelers tight end Vance McDonald caught a short pass in the flat on 3rd & 4. Jefferson quickly closed on the ball and stripped it out of the hands of McDonald. He returned it for a touchdown, but the score was called back after Jefferson was ruled down around the 30 yard line. Regardless, it set the Ravens up in scoring position. John Brown 71-yard reception: The “play of the week” segment is becoming the John Brown show, as he continues to make highlight plays. Brown again got behind the Steelers secondary and caught a 71-yard bomb from Joe Flacco Authentic Maurice Canady Jersey , the largest passing gain of the season for the Ravens. Brown wasn’t able to get in the endzone, but it was nevertheless a huge play in the passing game. Maxx Williams 22-yard reception: Seeking to make it a two-possession game and faced with a 3rd & 1, Maxx Williams came up with a huge reception. The Ravens fooled Pittsburgh with a creative formation, lining up Williams, a tight end, in the middle of the offensive line. Williams quickly darted over the middle and fought through multiple tackles to earn extra yards. It proved to be a crucial play, as the Ravens moved further into Pittsburgh territory and kicked a field goal. Anthony Levine Sr. Interception: Any chance of a Steelers fourth-quarter comeback was thwarted with just over three minutes remaining, courtesy of Anthony Levine. The safety came up with a huge play on defense, intercepting a Roethlisberger pass intended for Antonio Brown over the middle of the field.