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John Harbaugh critical of Ravens’ offensive performance without Lamar Jackson: Passing game ‘not good enough’

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The Ravens’ recent offensive struggles continued into their 13-3 Week 15 loss to the division-rival Browns, and coach John Harbaugh was blunt about the situation postgame.

Harbaugh was asked during his news conference exactly what was wrong on that side of the ball. He lamented, above all else, the team’s scoring issues.

“We just have to start scoring touchdowns,” the coach said. “But we’ve got to do things better.”

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Baltimore has struggled mightily to score in recent weeks, and especially since quarterback Lamar Jackson suffered a knee sprain in the Ravens’ 10-9 win over the Broncos in Week 13.

The Ravens have just two touchdowns in 11 quarters since Jackson’s injury and have averaged just 9.7 points per game in their last three contests.

Harbaugh seemed to think those issues were tied to a lack of passing productivity.

We’ve got to have a better passing game, basically. It’s not a good enough passing game right now across the board to do the things that we’re hoping to do. So that’ll be priority one every area can get better at something and certain things, but from an offensive standpoint, that’s something that we got to go to work on. And we will.

Backup quarterback Tyler Huntley struggled to keep the Ravens on schedule Saturday. He completed 17 of 30 passes but racked up just 138 yards and threw a critical red-zone interception.

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Huntley averaged a paltry 4.6 yards per pass attempt, tied for the 14th-lowest single-game mark by a quarterback in the NFL during the 2022 season. By comparison, the Ravens averaged 7.1 yards per carry, so many wondered why offensive coordinator Greg Roman elected to operate a pass-heavy game plan even with the Ravens trailing by 10 points.

Harbaugh didn’t single out Huntley in his postgame comments; instead, he saw the failures as a group effort.

“You can’t turn the ball over,” Harbaugh said. “You’ve got to run routes the right way to get between defenders. You can’t fumble the ball. You got to put the ball where you get enough feel. That’s just winning football. Our guys know that, so it starts with that.”

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So the Ravens have a lot to clean up as they prepare to play the Falcons on Christmas Eve in Week 16. The good news for Baltimore is that Jackson could return for that contest. He may not be a cure-all, but if he’s active, he could help fix some of the problems the offense has experienced with Huntley starting.


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