Tracking Ravens' penalties

Last week the Baltimore Ravens (8-7) committed 11 penalties for 113 yards in a 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-7). The Ravens are now in a must-win situation Sunday against the Oakland Raiders (5-10) to get into the playoffs.

Penalties have been an issue for Baltimore throughout the 2009 season. Let's get to the root of the issue and examine the types of penalties the Ravens committed against the Steelers.

By our count eight of Baltimore's 11 penalties were physical errors, which most coaches would prefer because it shows effort on the part of the players.

The Ravens play a tough, hard-nosed brand of football that will lead to some penalties. But if Baltimore can find a delicate balance down the stretch of physical play without being flagged, the Ravens would be much better off in these crucial games.