The toughest thing to watch in Sundays 24-23 loss to the Eagles was the way Michael Vick kept making plays.
Vick repeatedly dropped back and waited. And waited. And waited. The bottom line is he had a lot of time to make plays and throw the ball. He completed 23 of 32 for 371 yards and one touchdown, and it often seemed like the left-hander had all day to throw.
So, the issue thats been bothering many who follow the Ravens reared its head once morethe pass rush. Or lack thereof. The Ravens got four sacks in the season opener against the Bengals but much of that came in the second half when Cincinnati knew it would have to throw on every play. So the Ravens could kind of cut loose there.
They didnt do nearly as well against Vick. Now, hes not an easy quarterback to get to. Vicks one of the most mobile quarterbacks anywhere. He can roll to either side and find a way to throw from just about anywhere.
But the Ravens sacked him just twice. The good thing they did was hitting him time and again. You have to do that against a guy like Vick. However, youve also got to get to himand the Ravens again couldnt do that.
And, as weve said before, a poor pass rush just puts more pressure on the secondary. The reason? If the quarterback has all day to throw, he will find someone. In the NFL, you can count on that.
The loss of Bernard Pollard to a rib injury in the first half didnt help matters in that area. Vick carved up the secondary time and again.
The defense was able to keep the Eagles close and actually lead for a good part of the game thanks to the four turnovers they caused. Without that, Philly could have run away with it early.
But youre not going to get four turnovers every week. Plus, the Eagles have shown a tendency for thattheyve got nine of those in the first two games despite winning both.
The Ravens need to do something to improve their pass rush because theyll be seeing a lot of good QBs in the coming weeks.
If they cant get more pressure, then well be watching a repeat performance of yesterday a few more timesstarting with next Sunday against the Patriots.