Heading into Saturday night's AFC wild-card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field, the Ravens have been outscored, 41-20, in the first half of the past four games. In that span, they have failed to score an offensive touchdown in the first quarter.
Although Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed for 292 yards and four touchdowns with eight receptions and 114 yards in 13 games, including 91 rushing yards on 18 carries against the Cleveland Browns, he's far from satisifed with his first NFL season.
With the Ravens approaching franchise records in yards gained and points scored this season, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak pointed to the success his players have had in learning his new scheme as a main factor -- and the first-year coordinator means all of them, not just the stars.
A few days after his most productive game since returning from a thigh injury in Week 5, Ravens running back Bernard Pierce said he's ready to build on the performance and seize the role as Justin Forsett's top backup.
The formula for beating the New Orleans Saints hasn't changed for a long time. If you want to keep their high-powered offense out of the end zone, you have to keep the ball out of the hands of wily quarterback Drew Brees. For the Ravens to do that, they might need to take the ball out of the hands of Joe Flacco.
By nearly every measure, the Ravens' offense has improved dramatically from last season. Through 10 games, the Ravens are averaging more than five points, 56 total yards and 41 rushing yards per game than they were at this point last year. They've gone from ranking 30th in the NFL in total offense to 12th.
The Ravens shuffled their lineup for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans at M&T Bank Stadium, deactivating defensive end DeAngelo Tyson and safety Brynden Trawick for the first time this season.