OWINGS MILLS - Far too often, the Ravens have been forced to settle for Justin Tucker field goals inside the red zone.
The kicks do result in points, but Baltimore wants touchdowns in those situations. And for whatever reason, scoring inside an opponents' 20-yard line has been a problem this year.
Baltimore had three possessions stretch inside the Detroit Lions' 14-yard line on Monday. It ended up settling for Tucker field goals on each of those three possessions.
For the year, the Ravens have scored touchdowns on 48.9 percent of their trips into the red-zone. That success rate is fourth-worst in the NFL.
"There are things that we've come up with that we've noticed that we have addressed and will continue to work on," coach John Harbaugh said. "That's as much as I would like to share with you at this time."
The running game apparently isn't one of the issues down there.
The Ravens' yards per carry (3.0) is the lowest in the NFL, but they have actually run the ball well in the red zone, according to Harbaugh.
"We just haven't scored," Harbaugh said. "We haven't popped a run into the end zone, which would be great, but you don't always do that. But we've actually run the ball for a pretty decent red zone average."
He didn't say what that average is.
But whether it's because of the running game or something else, the Ravens are having trouble scoring touchdowns once they get into the red zone.
They are moving the ball, which is good for them. Six of their first 11 drives on Monday extended into Lions' territory. But they just couldn't put the ball in the end zone, as they have struggled to do throughout the year aside from one game against the Minnesota Vikings when they scored three touchdowns in the red zone.
They do face the New England Patriots this week, though.
The Patriots are ranked among the worst in the league in several major defensive categories. One of them is red zone defense.
New England's opponents have scored touchdowns 58 percent of the time it has reached the Patriots' red zone. That makes New England the 12th-worst red zone defense in the NFL.
So this week's game between the Ravens and Patriots could come down to how Baltimore, which has been a bad red zone offense, fares in the red zone against what has been a bad red zone defense.
"Our defense is playing great, [but] we've just got to keep finding ways to get more points on the board," offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said. "Ultimately, we've got to score one more point than the opponent ... but touchdowns are extremely important to us. We've got to get better in that area."