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Penalties another problem for Ravens offense

Flagged six times for 40 yards in loss to Packers, Ravens' offense had four false starts

By Aaron Wilson

The Baltimore Sun

12:43 PM EDT, October 14, 2013

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In addition to the troubles in the running game and not getting wide receiver Torrey Smith involved enough in Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Ravens offense had trouble staying onsides.

The Ravens were flagged for four false starts against the Packers, including guards Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele committing the infraction on consecutive plays in the third quarter.

One quarter earlier, tight ends Billy Bajema and Dallas Clark were each flagged for a false start.

For the season, the Ravens have 10 false starts, nine holding penalties, six unnecessary roughness flags and five facemask calls. Osemele leads the team with five penalties, including one that was declined.

Yanda has three penalties for the season, with cornerback Jimmy Smith leading the defense with four. Yanda was also flagged for illegal hands to the face in the second quarter. That's an increased point of emphasis for NFL officials this season.

"They're just discipline, keying in on the cadence, making sure that everybody is on the same page, communication," Yanda said when asked what can be done about all the penalties. "Those hands to the face ones, I got one, those are tough just because you shoot your hands and the refs are making more of an emphasis of that.

"You shoot your hands and they accidentally catch his mask, and they're just throwing the flag. It's tough for us. They're coming at you 100 miles per hour and you throw your hands, and I got my hand off late. It's just tough."

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