The Ravens are 1-0, and that’s all that really matters. After a disastrous 2015 campaign that never really gave fans anything to get excited about, starting 2016 with a win feels good.
This game had a throwback feel to it for Ravens fans. A game where the offense did just enough and the defense smothered it’s opponent into submission. It’s something as Ravens fans we’ve grown accustomed to.
An ugly win, but a win nonetheless.
Offensively, though, it came as a bit of a surprise to some to see Joe Flacco and his arsenal of weapons struggle so much. This is the deepest group of pass catchers Flacco has ever had at his disposal. And the return of Dennis Pitta is a huge boon for Flacco and the passing game.
So why the sub-par performance?
Should fans be concerned about the offense, maybe dial up Mobile Casino and bet against the Ravens?
A sluggish start to the season shouldn’t come as a surprise. Considering the amount of time the starting offense spent together on the field this preseason there was going to be some rust to knock off the first couple weeks. Struggles were expected.
Some of the most important pieces of the offense saw very little action leading up to yesterday and some didn’t make it on the field at all.
Flacco played less than one half in the third preseason game. While it may have been beneficial for him to see more action the risk simply wasn’t worth it. Steve Smith didn’t play at all. Regardless of whether Smith was 27 or 37, stepping on the field for the first time in ten months is no easy task.
Breshad Perriman only saw action in the final preseason game with Flacco on the sideline, and Dennis Pitta missed a large portion of the offseason with a broken finger. Not to mention yesterday was Pitta’s first game in almost two years. The chemistry is still there with Flacco and it was obvious when the two connected for a big gain down the middle of the field.
Fortunately these players all were healthy enough for the start of the regular season. And after the amount of injuries the team piled up last year they likely didn’t want to risk any setbacks with returning players.
It was a wise move, but one that came with the understanding that this offense will likely be a work in progress. Yesterday was the first time the entire unit took the field together. Chemistry will take time, but as long as they continue to improve each week, the offense will look like an entirely different group after a few games.
Make no mistake about it, the offense played poorly yesterday, especially in the second half.
But at this point in the season no one should be concerned.