The Baltimore Ravens endured yet another heartbreaking loss to the New England Patriots in Foxboro, losing 23-20 in overtime.
Leading 20-10 in the fourth quarter, everything seemed to be clicking for the Ravens. Joe Flacco was having the best game of the season, having thrown for over 200 yards and completing another touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin.
The defense was shutting down an offense that lead the league in points per game, and it seemed that the Baltimore Ravens would improve to 5-1 despite the tough early schedule they had.
Unfortunately for the Ravens, the conservative approach of head coach John Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron allowed the Patriots to get back into the game, which they eventually won.
The Ravens offense was under fire the last few weeks for the slow start to their season. Many questioned whether Joe Flacco had taken a step back in his development as the franchise quarterback for the Ravens.
Early on, Cam Cameron took the chains off Joe Flacco's back and let him find his receivers for the first three quarters of the game.
Flacco finished with 285 yards—a season high—and two touchdowns. However, in the fourth quarter, the entire gameplan of the Ravens offense changed. Joe was no longer taking shots down the field to Anquan Boldin or Derrick Mason, which he had done well for most of the game.
Instead, Cameron put the offense in two wide receiver sets, which led to a check down to Ray Rice.
In 2010, maybe the Ravens can fool any defense once during the game. But on multiple instances during the fourth quarter? Bill Belichick is too smart to fall for that.
How come the Ravens didn't spread the field with three wide receivers? TJ Houshmandzadeh caught a few passes, expanded the field, and as of late has gotten opposing corner backs to commit big penalties against him.
I'll tell you why. There is still a lack of trust between Cam Cameron and Joe Flacco. Early on in his career, Flacco often throws huge interceptions that cost the Ravens in the end.
Still, it is no excuse to suddenly limit Flacco's options. The Patriots secondary is far from great, and Flacco was able to find a receiver or tight end down field when given time in the pocket.
The coaching staff continues to talk about the improved development of Joe Flacco. Now, it is time for Cameron to give Joe the ability to audible at the line of scrimmage, and have the ability to make big plays late in the game that can seal victories.
Since the first two games of the season, which resulted in six interceptions, Flacco has thrown six touchdowns versus one interception.
The Baltimore Ravens return home to take on a weak Bills squad, which should result in a win.
It is now time for Joe Flacco to be given more control of the offense, and be able to run the offense like a third year quarterback should.
Matt Miselis is a Baltimore Ravens Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.
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