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Ravens' safe offense diminishes the value of its best two receivers

Ravens' safe offense diminishes the value of its best two receivers

Soon after the Ravens beat the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, coach John Harbaugh and quarterback Joe Flacco were looking for answers to explain why the offense stalled again.

One answer could be found on the official game summary: In 66 offensive plays for the Ravens, receivers Steve Smith Sr. and Mike Wallace touched the ball only eight times.

No wonder the Ravens had to rely on four field goals from Justin Tucker. And that explains why Smith was out of the locker room after the game as fast as he gets to and from the line of scrimmage in a two-minute offense.

It's hard to explain how this happened.

"It just felt like we got a little bit conservative,"...