The Baltimore Ravens offense was hard to watch at times last year. They just couldn’t get going. What was once an exciting arsenal of big play threats turned into a cast of injured and slogging starters. CSN Baltimore’s Clifton Brown thinks those big plays were essential in the Ravens run to the 2013 Super Bowl.
Will the Ravens offense produce more fireworks next season? Last season, the Ravens were not a consistent big-play offense. If big plays were categorized as rushing plays over 10 yards, and passing plays over 25 yards, the Ravens ranked 30th in the NFL with 59. Only the Jaguars (50) and Falcons (49) had fewer.
There were several reasons why big plays were lacking in the Ravens offense last season. Running back Ray Rice had a down year, so the big plays from his game disappeared. Wide receiver Jacoby Jones suffered a knee injury Week 1 that slowed him until the second half of the season.
Whether the Ravens find a way to stretch defenses over the top, which will beget more space in the front, or vice versa, somethings got to give. The Ravens won’t win games with things as they were last season. A healthy Jacoby Jones and confident Torrey Smith should make a world of difference in the deep game. The signings of Steve Smith and Owen Daniels should provide some reliability as possession receivers in the middle of the field.
The Ravens will begin their season against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 7th. Tickets are available beginning at $79 and you can find cheap Baltimore hotels from HipMunk for as low as $110 per night. The opener will be the first opportunity to see if the 2014 Ravens can improve upon their poor offensive performance of last season.