Another loss is in the books and it means the Ravens need to get hot for the remainder of the year. The Ravens had their fair share of bad and ugly in a four point loss to the Oakland Raiders.
Joe Flacco put up fantastic numbers in the loss. 32/45 for 384 yards, 2 touchdowns and a single interception for a 102.5 QBR. Flacco was efficient with the ball, used the field to his advantage and made a bunch of tough throws. While the Ravens would have liked him to put up more touchdowns, you can't really ask for a better statistical day for a quarterback than what Flacco put up.
A complete departure from the loss in week one, the Ravens had great work from their receivers and tight ends. Steve Smith Sr. leads the pack with 10 receptions for 150 yards while Kamar Aiken had 5 receptions for 89 yards. Tight end Crockett Gillmore even put on a clinic in the first half with 5 receptions for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns. Even though Marlon Brown didn't have the numbers on his side, he along with the rest of the receivers had solid blocking efforts that allowed Justin Forsett to hit the edge and get some long first downs that were necessary.
For a second week in a row, the Ravens grabbed a pick. After a 2014 NFL season that saw the Ravens rarely make those types of plays, safety Will Hill grabbed a big interception and was able to return it 25 yards at a time when the Ravens desperately needed a big play like that.
Offensive play calling
I mentioned offensive coordinator Marc Trestman as a reason the Ravens lost and I'll stick by it here. Four field goals in the redzone is a terrible outlook when the offense had been able to easily drive down the field the entire game. Bad play calling in the redzone led the Ravens to use jump ball situations instead of established routes, making completions a rare feat. Better play calling in these situations have the Ravens winning by a large margin in Oakland.
Many people will make this about the loss of Terrell Suggs and they could be right, but in the end, the Ravens weren't able to muster a pass rush against the Oakland Raiders. This is the same Raiders team that let the Cincinnati Bengals abuse their quarterbacks just last week, knocking Derek Carr out of the game.
The Ravens' secondary was a sieve all game long, allowing multiple huge passing plays to occur. Between poor tackling, being out of position and just poor play, the Ravens made Derek Carr look like Tom Brady on Sunday. Some of this can be on Dean Pees' defensive scheme, but a lot of it was just players not doing their job and performing as expected.