Commentary

For Ravens, passing is a problem

Baltimore's passing game is vulnerable to schemes; their secondary has the same issue

Updated: September 21, 2011, 3:01 PM ET
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
Joe Flacco Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesJoe Flacco isn't likely to repeat his Week 1 numbers too often this season.

The Baltimore Ravens' 2011 season got off to a rocking start with a 35-7 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers that looked like the performance of a playoff favorite. Seven days later, the Ravens in no way resembled a postseason squad, as they were manhandled by the Tennessee Titans, 26-13.

What changed in one week? Was it just a bad matchup for Baltimore? While the Ravens found holes in the short zones of Pittsburgh's coverage schemes in Week 1, Tennessee focused on shutting those short passes down. It worked. And a close look at the Ravens through the prism of these games and their personnel shows us Baltimore may have problems in the passing game that could be tough to correct.