Offense still searching for answers

Offense still searching for answers
November 22, 2012, 6:45 pm
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No holiday for the Ravens

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (left) and quarterback Joe Flacco (5) react after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Baltimore Ravens won 13-10.

(Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE)

The lone touchdown scored in that 13-10 victory was on a 63-yard punt return by Jacoby Jones.

Pittsburgh was able to score one with backup quarterback Byron Leftwich.

Given the Steelers have the NFL’s No. 1 defense, that the Ravens had struggles was to be expected.

But other than a first half in Week 2 at the Philadelphia Eagles when they scored 17 points and a first half at the Cleveland Browns when they scored 14 in Week 9, the Ravens have totaled just 52 points in the other 16 quarters on the road.

The Ravens were just 4-4 on the road last season, losing 34-14 at the Chargers as quarterback Joe Flacco was sacked seven times.

"It’s a different year, a different week," Flacco said. "We have to go in there and play our game. This is a talented football team, and we know that. They’re going to be ready to play. They play well at home."

The Chargers, mostly known as an offensive juggernaut, are actually known for their defense this season. They're ranked eighth in the NFL.

The yards won't be easy to come by for the Ravens whether or not they run the hurry-up offense. They abandoned it in Pittsburgh, but that did little to help.

"You look at the veteran leadership they have on their defense, it really sticks out to me," said running back Ray Rice, who had 57 yards rushing and 55 yards receving in the Chargers game last season. "And the younger guys they have in there, it sort of reminds me of ourselves. When you look at a guy in the middle like Takeo Spikes, who has been doing it for 15 years, he's the ultimate pro (and) he's got a young linebacker next to him that sort of reminds me of our situation here with Ray Lewis and a Jameel McClain and Dannell Ellerbe.  So they're tough up front. They get after it."