Ravens still plagued by penalties

Team leads NFL in penalty yards, ranks fourth in number of penalties

December 24, 2012|By Edward Lee

The Ravens ended a three-game losing skid with Sunday’s 33-14 rout of the New York Giants, but they can’t seem to rid themselves of drawing penalties.

The team was flagged nine times for a loss of 92 yards Sunday, while the Giants were penalized just six times for 52 yards. This season, the Ravens have been flagged more often than their opponent six times and have lost more yardage nine times.

The team’s troubles were exemplified during the offense’s second drive of the third quarter. The unit was penalized four times with left tackle Michael Oher guilty of a personal foul, holding and false start. Wide receiver Torrey Smith was flagged for a personal foul.

“I never want to be highly penalized,” coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “That’s something that’s not good. But you’ve got to look at each one of those penalties again. Some of them were good calls that we can do something about, and some of them weren’t, that we really can’t do anything about. But when they add up, that’s just something we have to keep working on. It’s a goal of ours to be a low-penalized team.”

The team leads the NFL in yards lost due to penalties (1,025). It has been penalized 111 times, which ranks as the fourth most in the league behind the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams (116 each) and the Washington Redskins (114).

At the current rate, the Ravens are not in danger of eclipsing the franchise record of 139 penalties incurred in 2005. But with a projected total of 1,093 yards lost, the team would be just 1 yard shy of the record-worst 1,094 yards lost in 2009.

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