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Lack of forced turnovers is really hurting the Ravens

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The Baltimore Ravens have had trouble winning games this season, but have yet to be blown out. The defense has been tough against the run for the most part, but the pass defense has been very up and down. They have been good at getting off the field at times, but issues keep cropping up late in games, as the Ravens have blown leads in almost every game so far this season.

The offense too, has been up and down this season. They have been able to put up points most weeks that would result in a win for most of the previous Ravens teams, but have lacked the killer instinct to put teams away. One particular facet which has been absent from most games this season and  has been a large contributing factor in the inability to put teams away is an absence of forced turnovers.

Through 7 games, the Ravens have won the turnover battle once:

Week 1: Denver 1 interception (Pick-6); Ravens 2 interceptions (1 Pick-6)

Week 2: Oakland 1 interception; Ravens 1 interception, 1 fumble

Week 3: Ravens 1 interception; Cincinnati 1 fumble (Fumble Ret TD), 1 interception

Week 4: Pittsburgh no turnovers, Ravens 1 interception, 1 fumble

Week 5: Cleveland no turnovers; Ravens no turnovers

Week 6: SF  no turnovers; Ravens 2 interceptions

Week 7: Arizona  no turnovers; Ravens 1 interception, 1 fumble

A few more forced turnovers here and there could easily have turned the tides of a few of these games, so this is definitely an area the team will have to look to improve in if they hope to return to their winning ways next season.