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Spread the blame around for Ravens' offensive woes

Second-year quarterback Joe Flacco will take most of the criticism for the Ravens' lackluster passing game in last night's loss to Indianapolis, but it's not all his fault. Flacco, though, does have to step up his game, and hasn't played well enough to carry the team in two straight postseason appearances.

But the Ravens also need to find him two top quality receivers, or at least a legitimate No. 1 if they re-sign Derrick Mason. It's embarrassing watching the Ravens run a hurry-up offense with Flacco throwing short passes to running back Ray Rice and tight end Todd Heap.

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Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron also has to come up with a better passing scheme. The Ravens fail to use the entire field, and stay with safe passes to the outside. Meanwhile, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was throwing passes over the middle and outside, and the Colts ran numerous combination routs, especially on crossing patterns. The Colts have an elite passing attack while the Ravens, from the quarterback to the coordinator, are pretty vanilla.


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