Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak pointed Thursday to the Ravens' red-zone performance as crucial to a playoff push, and said second-year wide receiver Marlon Brown could be part of that attack.
“You want to get down there a bunch. We’ve been able to do that,” Kubiak said. “We need to play better. We need to be more efficient down there … but the red-zone [percentage] is an interesting stat.
"It's about the importance of when you're down there. In my opinion, it's fixing to get very important here over the next six weeks."
The Ravens have scored touchdowns on 54.1 percent of trips inside the 20-yard line, the 19th-best rate in the NFL, but they’re climbing after a poor start to the season. In the past seven games, they have 15 touchdowns in 23 trips inside the 20.
Brown, who caught seven red-zone touchdowns last season, has 10 catches for 93 yards and no touchdowns in 2014. He has been targeted 13 times in eight games, but never in the red zone.
“Marlon’s getting more involved in what we’re doing,” Kubiak said. “I think he’s played really well the last couple of games. He’s got a big body [and] a chance to make some plays.”