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4-3 D's....


The Ravens’ offense has struggled against 4-3 defenses for several years, with quarterback Joe Flacco having an especially hard time.


While faring fairly well against tough defensive teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets who employ a 3-4 front – three lineman and four linebackers – the Ravens have had problems against 4-3 teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars.


They haven’t beaten the Colts since 2002. They’ve lost five of six in Cincinnati and always have a tough time with the Bengals at home. They managed just 20 points in a pair of upsets loss to the Titans and Jaguars earlier this season.


The Seahawks’ fans might be fixated on the numbers 2-6 – their team’s disappointing record this season – but the Ravens are fixated on 4-3.


“We really haven't done that well against that particular configuration, we haven’t done that well against (it) this year,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “We need to take care of business.”


The 4-3 has given the Ravens so much trouble this season that they didn’t generate a first down for 39 minutes against Jacksonville and had the ball for just 24 minutes against Tennessee because they couldn’t sustain possessions.


Whatever the problem is, they need to correct it in a hurry, as they follow up this weekend’s trip to Seattle with a home game against the surprising Bengals on Nov. 20.



The Ravens offense has to shake this monkey off their back.

The good news is Seattle doesn't generate much pressure with their front 4.



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Next up: Cincinnati.


Thank God they don't play a 4-3.


Oh they do?


So here's the gameplan: Run once for 2 yards. panic. Throw the rest of the game.


Should work.

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