Scoring has been a problem for the Ravens, and quarterback Joe Flacco would like to see his team take more risks in the red zone to remedy the problem.
The Ravens ran the no-huddle offense for most of the first quarter for the second game in a row in a 27-12 loss to the Detroit Lions last week. While the offense was much smoother and Flacco received better pass protection, they still settled for four field goals.
In two preseason games, the first unit has produced just one touchdown.
Even if it means risking throwing more interceptions, Flacco is OK with that. He'd like to see more imaginative play-calling inside the 20-yard line.
"Is it worth it? It probably is worth it. If we are more aggressive I don't think we're going to look at it as throwing more interceptions. I think we're going to do it a smart way. It's going to be trusting me and trusting our guys," he said.
More often than not, the Ravens' offense becomes predictable as they opt to run on first and second downs and end up in must-pass situations.
"There's downs that are advantageous to being aggressive down there. I don't know how much in the past we've taken full advantage of that," Flacco said. "A lot of times in the past we've been throwing on the toughest down there is which is third down. In some respects you're kind of upping your chances to have bad plays when you play it like that."