More importantly, the Ravens had decent balance of 17 passes and 10 runs. And then Cameron and Flacco went pass happy to open the third quarter.
On the Ravens first eight offensive plays of the second half, they threw eight straight passes. Rice didn't run the ball until there was 5 minutes and 30 seconds left in the third period.
The Ravens went three and out on three of four offensive series in the third quarter, and the other ended in a Flacco interception which eventually resulted in an Eagles touchdown.
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"In the second half, they did a good job of not allowing us to get in the rhythm and forcing us to punt the ball and we didn't do a good job of combating it," Flacco said.
In other words, the Eagles made adjustments and the Ravens didn't. Philadelphia cornerbacks started pressing up and jamming the Ravens receivers at the line of scrimmage, and they couldn't escape cleanly.
The only receiver that consistently got open in the second half was Pitta, and Flacco locked on him too much.
Maybe we were expecting too much.
Maybe we all became too giddy about the offense after the preseason and last week's opener against Cincinnati. Flacco was near flawless during that time, and everything seemed to flow well.
It appeared as though the Ravens had overcome the growing pains of an offense as far as being balanced and the run versus pass ratio. You felt that the coaching staff and Flacco would control the pace and feel the pulse of a game.
Flacco said he suffered a slight rib injury on the first play of the second half and it might have affected him. Regardless if it was the injury or the Eagles pass rush, the Ravens should have been able to counter both.
The Eagles have an aggressive defense, and it is only the second game of the season, way too early to determine the identity of this offense and how this will play out.
But it's disappointing that this team doesn't know when and how to use Rice. I thought they were past this stage.