M&T Bank Stadium does not appear to be an advantage for the Ravens' offense. One week after the Ravens had no offensive penalties in Cleveland, the same offense was guilty of three more false starts and one late hit.
Including a false start by Brendon Ayanbadejo on a punt by Sam Koch and two encroachment penalties, the Ravens had six pre-snap violations and seven penalties overall. In the 16th game of the season, that number of pre-snap penalties is inexcusable.
It got ridiculous in the third quarter, when wide-out T.J. Houshmandzadeh, right tackle Marshal Yanda and right guard Chris Chester were flagged for false starts -- all within four offensive plays over two series. No wonder the offense bogged down.
Defensive tackles Cory Redding and Brandon McKinney were penalized for encroachment in the third quarter as well, to give the Ravens five penalties in the period.
Left tackle Michael Oher, who has had eight false starts this season, did not have one on Sunday against the Bengals. But he was flagged for a late hit -- and 15 yards -- in the second quarter.
This season, the Ravens' offensive line has been flagged for 18 false starts, and seven more came from a tight end, wide receiver or running back. It should be a major focus this week. Arrowhead Stadium is a very loud stadium to play in; it will be a tall order to avoid those penalties against the Chiefs.
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