1. Swimming upstream all game is no way to win. The Ravens have to find a way to get their offense on track in the first half. Being down 17-0 is just demoralizing, especially after giving up a late score before halftime. At one point ESPN analysts Ron Jaworski and Jon Gruden wondered what the Ravens were trying to accomplish on offense. The defense knew it had to get pressure on Aaron Rodgers and couldn't do it. He picked apart the secondary. Even when the Ravens scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to close to 17-14, it felt like that was all they had left. That comes from starting out in a hole every game.

2. This is not a playoff team. Too many penalties and mistakes make it hard to call this team a contender for a wild-card spot. Sure, some of the defensive pass interference calls against the Ravens were so-so, but they've earned these penalties with their performance all season. It's easy for the refs to call penalties on the Ravens. But when Mark Clayton gets his arm pinned by the cornerback, no one is reaching for the flag.

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3. Flacco isn't getting better. His interceptions were rookie mistakes. And you can blame the playcalling for the struggles in the first half, but wouldn't a big play from your quarterback be nice? Rodgers showed what you can do after eluding the primary pass rush. He killed the Ravens when he stepped up in the pocket, or even when he sidestepped the rush.

4. The Ravens' offensive line was manhandled. Did 250-pound rookie linebacker Clay Matthews Jr. really make Jared Gaither look that bad? Gaither looked lost at times. More stunning, the Ravens had little or no running game. When the Ravens started keeping a back or tight end in to block in the second half, they gave Flacco some time to throw. Speed rushers just kill the Ravens' line.

5. The Ravens' secondary is just brutal. Lardarius Webb is a keeper, but no one else distinguished himself in a positive way. Keep Webb and Ed Reed, but Domonique Foxworth can't cover anyone and can't tackle. Chris Carr looks like he's afraid to get near anyone. Frank Walker might be the worst corner in the NFL. He commits pass interference every play. Dawan Landry and Tom Zbikowski are still looking for tight end Jermichael Finley. Guys, he's in the end zone, scoring again.

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