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As the Ravens return from their bye week, here's a look at the good and the bad from the first seven games of the season:

THE GOOD

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Home offense

The Ravens are 4-0 at home, and the offense is a major reason why. While the unit has struggled on the road, Baltimore has scored an average of 32 points in its four games at M&T Bank Stadium and eclipsed 430 yards of total offense in three of those four. Joe Flacco is throwing for an average of 318 yards per game at home and has tossed seven touchdowns with just two interceptions while completing 67-percent of his passes.

Terrell Suggs' return

Suggs had four tackles, a sack and two pass deflections amid the Ravens' loss to the Houston Texans in Week 7, just more than five months removed from surgery to repair a partial tear of his right Achilles tendon. Suggs is the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, coming off a season he had a career-best 14 sacks and seven forced fumbles. His return figures to provide a significant lift to a pass rush that recorded just 10 sacks in the six games without him.

Big plays

Entering the weekend, Flacco had completed an NFL-best 29 passes of 20 yards or more, 21 of which have gone to the trio of Anquan Boldin (nine), Torrey Smith (seven) and Jacoby Jones (five).

Rookie contributions

Kelechi Osemele has started all seven games at right tackle, Courtney Upshaw has started five games at outside linebacker, Bernard Pierce has shown flashes as the backup running back and Justin Tucker has connected on 14 of his 15 field goal attempts. Tucker has a franchise-record four makes from 50 yards or beyond.

THE BAD


The defense

The Ravens entered the weekend ranked 26th out of the NFL's 32 teams in total defense, 23rd in pass defense and 27th in run defense. Baltimore has yielded 622 rushing yards in its last three games, including a franchise-worst 227 yards to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 6. Prior to the last three games, the Ravens surrendered 320 yards or more through the air to three straight opposing quarterbacks.

Road offense

The offense has scored an average of 32 points in four games, but was limited to an average of just 15 points in its first three road games. Baltimore is converting just 27 percent of its third downs on the road compared to 43 percent of the time at home.

Ray Rice's workload

Rice is averaging almost five yards per carry, but has carried the ball on just 25 percent of the Ravens' offensive snaps. Expect Rice and Pierce to both see increased workloads going forward. Pierce has 122 yards on 23 attempts (5.3 yards per carry).

Penalties

Baltimore entered the weekend leading the NFL in penalties (57). Cornerback Jimmy Smith has been flagged a team-high five times while safety Bernard Pollard, right guard Marshal Yanda and Osemele have each been penalized four times.

Pass protection

Flacco has been sacked 13 times in the Ravens' last four games. The Ravens limited the Cowboys to only one sack in Week 6, but have yielded four sacks to each of their other three opponents during that four-game span.

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