ESPN's Dan Orlovsky says this isn't last year's Ravens team

Alexa Shaw
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ESPN's Dan Orlovsky says this isn't last year's Ravens team originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Dan Orlovsky said on ESPN's Get Up on Monday morning that "this is not last year's Baltimore Ravens and we all need to accept that." 

The Ravens finished the 2019 regular season with a franchise-best 14-2 record, but lost to the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round of the playoffs.  

The team entered 2020 with high expectations to avenge that playoff loss. And while the season is far from over yet, the Ravens just haven't seemed like the dynamic team they once were. 

"Last year on offense they were explosive and dominant," said Orlovsky. "Explosive in both the run and pass game and dominating at the line of scrimmage. This year that is NOT happening."

The Ravens struggles this season came to light after the Steelers loss earlier this month. The narrative started to swirl questioning if Lamar Jackson could show up in the big games. 

Marquise "Hollywood" Brown even took to Twitter after that game to voice his displeasure in targets

Since that game, the Ravens squeaked by the Colts and lost in a Sunday Night Football matchup to the 3-5 New England Patriots on NBC.

The Ravens put up "17 points against a Patriots defense that the week before the Jets hung 27 on," Orlovsky said. "This offense doesn't do anything well."

Now the weather and injuries were clearly big factors in the SNF matchup against New England. Players struggled just to hang on to routine passes and handoffs on both sides. But putting the Ravens in the conversation of doing worse than the woeful Jets at anything is not what anyone had in mind for 2020. 

"I'll keep it real, their season is on the brink," Orlovsky said. 

Can the Ravens turn things around? 

This week they have the opportunity to do so as they have a rematch against the Titans with another rematch against the Steelers coming up on Thanksgiving Day.