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Ravens Continue To Win Despite Flaws

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BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 16: Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens waves to the crowd after defeating the Houston Texans 29-14 at M&T Bank Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 16: Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens waves to the crowd after defeating the Houston Texans 29-14 at M&T Bank Stadium on October 16, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Fans of the Baltimore Ravens might be considered a bit spoiled by their success. Even on days after the team wins, sports talk radio and blogs such as Baltimore Beatdown are flooded with negative comments and concerns about the team's flaws. Most of these flaws center on the offense, with the main target being fourth-year QB Joe Flacco

However, according to a story in The Washington Post, the defense can also be the target of the concerns. For example, in this past Sunday's 29-14 win over the Houston Texans, the Ravens defense failed to force a turnover for the first time in ten games dating back to last November. Yet, the team did what it needed to in order to win, which ultimately is the mark of a good team.

On a day that the offense needed the strong and accurate leg of placekicker Billy Cundiff (five Fg's) in order to provide the difference, the Ravens continue to do enough to win their games, be it through the great play of their defense, Special Teams of just field goals. Their failure to convert in the Red Zone concerns many fans, and the offensive line's inability to prevent Flacco from being repeatedly slammed to the turf still has not changed their winning ways.

As long as the team keeps piling up wins, the final result is a lot more important than the stats in the paper. While no one from the fans to the players and coaches on the Ravens want to see the problems with the offense continue, they will take the victories any way they can get them. They realize that they will need to improve their Red Zone efficiency to make it to the ultimate goal. Heading into their week 7 match-up with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday Night Football with a 4-1 record, including wins over both AFC Championship Game participants as well as a tough Texans team, proves this team definitely has what it takes to find a way to win, which is the mark of a good, if not championship team.