for far fewer average yards per-catch. In the first half, they’re averaging 13.8 yards per-catch. In the second half, it’s 9.2 ypc.
Less risk? Shorter routes? Safer plays?
Maybe. Maybe. Maybe.
It’s fair to note that in all four games we’re referencing here, the Ravens held leads of 10 points, 10 points, 7 points and 14 points at the intermission. Conventional wisdom might dictate that any team with those leads would come out and protect the ball in the 3rd and 4th quarters, leery of allowing the opponent back into the game with a turnover or two.
It’s also fair to mention that Baltimore’s running attack should be responsible for some production in the second half of games and it, too, has failed to spark any touchdown activity over the last four weeks.
It’s not all about passing, of course, but the Ravens first-half success over the last four games has been so connected to the pass that it begs the question – “what’s going on with our offense in the second half?” – on how the team’s first-half-to-second-half passing numbers relate.
Offensively, the team has definitely improved in the first half of games over the last month.
And they HAVE scored second half points, as a team, over the last four weeks.
But to not score an offensive touchdown in the second half of those four games?
Something’s not right.
Are the Ravens being out-schemed at the half? Are the opponents making an adjustment during intermission that the Ravens can’t counter on the run during the 3rd and 4th quarters? Or are the Ravens not staying one step ahead and making their own adjustments in the locker room?
I don’t have the discerning eye necessary to tell you exactly HOW it’s happening, but I can certainly point to a trend and say it’s happening.
And right now, the Ravens are apparently – repeat, apparently…it could be a coincidence – being figured out after 30 minutes of play.
That needs to change. It needs to change immediately if Baltimore wants to beat the Saints this Sunday and it needs to change for the long haul if John Harbaugh and Company hope to make an impact in the NFL playoffs in January.