Yesterday, James Walker of ESPN.com’s AFC North blog gave fans his rankings of the offensive coordinators in Baltimore’s division. You may be surprised to see that despite the complaints by fans, Walker believes Cam Cameron is the best in the North.
Up from his previous rank of second last month, Walker credited Cameron for allowing Baltimore’s offense to click and play to the level fans expected this season. “The scoring binge has Baltimore ranked No. 14 overall in total offense,” Walker said. “This unit has the talent to finish in the top 10, and the Ravens are heading in that direction if they maintain this level of consistency.”
Walker pointed out that in their last three games that the Ravens were averaging 29.3 points per game, but one of those games was against the Broncos and their terrible defense, the second was 20 points in New England and the third was an over time win against the Bills.
What Walker is failing to see in his rankings is Baltimore’s ineffectiveness in the fourth quarter. While they’ve scored nearly 30 points per game in their last three attempts, they’ve scored just three total points in the fourth quarter in those contests.
Perhaps the competition is weak, but I think Walker gave a little too much praise to Baltimore’s offense. They’ve certainly won two of those three games for the Ravens as their defense seems to have let them down, but they have flopped when it’s crunch time.