Ravens vs Steelers came down to who had the better kicker:

Saints at Ravens 8/13/15

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The quarterback position is the most important position on the team. The position gets all the glory when the team wins, and takes on all the pressure when the team loses. The polar opposite position is the kicker. Not because kickers are the least important player on the team. They certainly can decide games. But the polar opposite because they are treated often like less than players. Sometimes even disrespected a little bit by teammates. Well if you watched the Ravens and Steelers match up in Thursday night football, you have a new found respect for place kicking. In a game that went to overtime in which the Ravens won 23-20. Kicking was the difference maker. The Ravens kicker Justin Tucker was 3 for 3 making every kick he took of the night. While the Steelers kicker Josh Scobee was 2 out of 4 in his kicking attempts, missing out on a potential 6 points for his team. Scobee missed from 49 yards and 41 yards leaving points on the table when his team needed him the most. This isnā€™t the first time Scobee has had woes in Pittsburgh either, he is 6 for 10 on the year. On the other sideline though Tucker would ultimately be the deciding factor. He was able to hit a 42 yard field goal to send the game into overtime. That is when the Ravens were able stop the Steelers offense on a 4th down attempt. Get the ball back in their offenses hands. Lead the team down field and let Justin Tucker boom a 52 yard field goal home for the win. The game was a winnable match for the Steelers but they just didnā€™t have the kicking to get it done. Justin Tucker and the Baltimore Ravens did. The Ravens improve to 1-3 on the season while the Steelers fall to 2-2.

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Pass happy Ravens need to be more balanced in their approach:

Falcons at Ravens 10/19/14

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Baltimore Ravens have struggled this season stumbling to an 0-3 record on the year. In those 3 games the thing that stands out most when watching this Ravens team, is they are getting away from the fundamentals of successful football. In order to be successful in football you must first and foremost play effective defense. The Ravens are 27th in points surrendered on defense allowing 28 points a game. Which is completely different than the identity this team has established for itself since moving to Baltimore. The other noticeable problem seems to be the teams rushing attack or lack thereof. The team is rushing the ball for only 72 yards a game. Justin Forsett and company need to step up and make the most of every touch they get. Because the team has been falling behind in games the Ravens have had to pass more often to make up for the deficits theyā€™ve faced. Itā€™s up to those running backs to make this team want to run the ball again. As a running back if you make an impact that your team canā€™t ignore, the team will have to acknowledge your efforts and run the ball again. Even though this offense has got more production out of relying on Flaccoā€™s arm. They have to get back to a run first mentality not only to become more balanced, but also to improve in the time of possession category. By having a better time of possession it keeps opposing offenses off of the field. It also give the Ravenā€™s defense more time to rest and allows them to preserve more stamina when they do take the field. While itā€™s easy to say the line isnā€™t blocking upfront and the team has to pass. It is really up to the coaching staff to commit to running the ball and establishing that three yard and a cloud of dust mentality. Coach John Harbaugh finds himself on the hot seat for the first time in his career. It will be interesting to see if this team can over come the loss of Terrell Suggs. And whether or not they can get back to a more balanced attack. Itā€™s the key to their success out there in Baltimore.

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