Ravens want to throw the ball downfield more often

The Baltimore Ravens envisioned Joe Flacco firing soaring, deep shots to Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman, moving the offense briskly down the field and keeping defenses on their heels.

Through the first quarter of the season, the Ravens' passing attack has been anything but dynamic. It's been dink-and-dunk.

Flacco has thrown the second-most passes under five yards this season and ranks 30th in the NFL with an average of 6.3 yards per pass attempt. This style of conservative offense frustrates one of the strongest-armed quarterbacks in the NFL.

“We just make it so tough on ourselves,” Flacco said. “We throw the ball 50 times, and we only have 300 yards. You know, we have to move the ball down the field so methodically.”

Part of the problem has been giving Flacco time to throw deep. He was under pressure for 17 pass attempts Sunday, which led the league.

Fantasy Impact: 

This is good news for Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman, who serve as the Ravens' primary deep threats, but it's one thing to have intent and it's another to follow through successfully with that intent.

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