NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A dejected Joe Flacco summed up the state of the Baltimore Ravens' struggling offense after coming up short in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
"You can't play too much worse than we’ve been playing," Flacco said.
Baltimore is heading to its bye at 4-5 and falling out of the playoff race because of its stagnant offense. The Ravens have scored a total of five offensive touchdowns in their five losses.
How bad has it gotten? The biggest play for the Ravens on Sunday was a fake punt. Baltimore got 31 yards on a 16-yard pass from punter Sam Koch and an additional 15 yards for a face mask penalty.
Flacco and the Ravens' offense failed to produce a play of 20 yards or longer, and they tripped over themselves when they tried. Each of Flacco’s two interceptions Sunday came on throws of 15 yards or more yards downfield (one was the fault of receiver Breshad Perriman not fighting for the ball), and Flacco now has a league-high seven interceptions on deep balls this season.
"We need some spark plays," wide receiver Mike Wallace said. "It’s going to be hard to win a game just chipping the way the whole time. You have to make big plays to win a football game 90 percent of the time. We’re not getting them. We have too many players on our team for us not to be moving the ball. Whatever we got to do to fix it, we got to do."
The Ravens were held out of the end zone for 3 1/2 quarters, and the two touchdowns in the last nine minutes shouldn't overshadow the game-long problems to extend drives. Baltimore didn't cross midfield on six of its first eight drives and finished 6-of-16 on third downs (38 percent).
"We just got to do more in the first half," coach John Harbaugh said. "We're not doing two things. We're not sustaining drives so we're not giving ourselves a chance to make enough opportunities to make plays and we're not making plays downfield."
Overall, the Ravens are averaging 15.2 points in losses this season.
"We’re not going to get everything corrected overnight," Flacco said. "But we are making progress. You got a lot of guys who want to do it. We just have to keep our heads down and have faith that we’re going to come out of this thing. We got players who want to be good and want to do the right things. When you have that, you always have a shot."