Cierre Wood runs during the first open practice of training camp on Monday at M&T Bank Stadium. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun /July 28, 2014)
The Ravens' offense has been in a bit of a swoon in the past two weeks, performing miserably in a 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and in the first two quarters against the Arizona Cardinals before scoring 24 of the game’s final 27 points to escape with a 30-27 win.
So which offense will fans see Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers?
“A good one,” quarterback Joe Flacco said Wednesday. “We are going to go in there with a game plan, one that we can be successful with – things that we do well – and we are going to go execute it to the best of our ability. That’s going to be the key. We have to go in there, and we have to play the way we know how to play. We can’t go out there and make mistakes, not execute things, [and] look like crap like we have for a little bit the last couple of weeks. We have to go in there and just play the football we know how to – which was most of this season and the second half of last game.”
Flacco said the offense can lean on its performance in the season-opening 28-point rout of the Steelers on Sept. 11. Flacco recorded career highs in touchdowns (three) and passer rating (117.6 passer rating), wide receiver Anquan Boldin scored his third touchdown in four meetings with Pittsburgh, and running back Ray Rice posted only the third 100-yard rushing performance against the Steelers in their past 58 games.
“We have to look back at it and see what we did well, and see what we can carry over to this game plan,” Flacco said. “I think last week, really, was more important for our confidence heading into this week than that week was. We always feel like we can play with these guys and go give them a good matchup and go beat them. It’s just going to be a matter of, like I said, going out there and doing it. I think we all have the confidence in ourselves. I think, like I said, last week was a big step for that. If we don’t recover in the second half, then I might be worrying about some of the guys and our confidence as an offensive unit. But the way we rallied and stuck behind each other, I think that will help us out big time this week.”
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