Second Half Woes Plaguing Ravens’ Offense
For about two and a half seasons, Ravens fans expressed frustration with Joe Flacco for his continual poor starts to games. In the first half, the offense seemed to always come out sleepwalking, and slow starts became synonymous with the Ravens’ attack.
Lately though, there has been a role reversal.
Over the past four games, the Ravens’ offense has scored eight touchdowns in the first half – two against Carolina, two against Tampa Bay, one against Pittsburgh, and three against Houston. Throw in a couple field goals, and they have put up 62 points in the first half of those four games; a very respectable average of 15.5 points per first half.
However, they have not scored a post-halftime offensive touchdown since the Atlanta game, managing nothing but field goals in the final thirty minutes of the last four games.
- Carolina – 1 field goal, 2 defensive touchdowns
- Tampa – no scoring
- Pittsburgh – 1 field goal
- Houston – 1 special teams touchdown
That’s just six total points put up by the offense in the second half over the last four games – a pitiful 1.5 points per second half average.
The one common denominator in all four of these games?
The Ravens held a halftime lead (17-3, 17-0, 7-0, 21-7).
Looks like “Cam Ball” is in full effect.
Whether or not it is a matter of the offense going into a self-imposed shell, or of the Ravens’ opponents simply doing that much better of a job making halftime adjustments, this team had better figure out a way to start putting up points throughout ball games, or any postseason life they have is sure to be short-lived.