It's no secret that the Ravens' defense is way off last year's pace, but the hurry-up offense hasn't resulted in any marked improvements compared with 2011 when they finished 12-4 and advanced to the AFC championship game.
Most of the blame will fall on quarterback Joe Flacco, but the play-calling of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron hasn't been up to par either.
They're not running Ray Rice in key situations, but the offense also has ignored his backup, Bernard Pierce, compared with last season when Ricky Williams was the No. 2 back. Pierce averages better than 5.0 yards per carry.
As a result, the Ravens don't possess the ball as much, has trouble extending drives and getting first downs and putting an already compromised defense in a tough spot.
The defense is allowing 111 more yards per game. It was plus-15 in sacks vs. sacks allowed last year, but minus-5 this year. Instead of the offense stepping up to fill that void, its struggling to find its footing. These are key areas the Ravens have to fix coming out of the bye week:
First-quarter scoring avg: 3.7 ppg
2011 final stats: 5.9
Opponents first-quarter scoring avg: 5.1
Third down conversions: 29 of 82 (35.4%)
2011: 97 of 229 (42.4%)
Offensive TDs-to-FGs ratio: 16-14
Time of possession: 26:06
First downs (rushing): 42
First downs (passing): 81
No. 2 RB: Bernard Pierce -- 23 rushes, 122 yards, 0 TDs
2011: Ricky Williams -- 108 rushes, 444 yards, 2 TDs