It was that kind of day for the Ravens offense Sunday in Buffalo, one in which it shot itself in the foot too frequently.
Head Coach John Harbaugh was not happy about the penalties Monday, and made it a point to address them with his team.
“We had some offensive penalties that are just unnecessary,” he told reporters. “We have a facemask penalty the first play of the game. It’s absolutely unnecessary. Ray gets a little jumpy and jumps offside. Now we’re backed up inside or right around our 5-yard line. We’ve got to start faster.”
It didn’t get much better from there.
“How about the first play of the second half?” Harbaugh said. “We come out, and we jump offside.”
The Ravens kicked off three offensive drives with penalties. There was Osemele’s to open the game, a hold on tackle
The penalties haven’t been limited to one player this season.
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The offensive line has specifically had problems. Osemele was also flagged Sunday for not lining up on the line of scrimmage, something hardly ever seen for a guard.
The Ravens offense has 13 penalties so far this season, compared to eight on defense. Baltimore’s 12 offensive penalties are tied for 12th most in the league.
“We have to find a way to win the tough games, but at the same time find a way not to shoot ourselves in the foot with penalties,” he said. “Same thing two games in a row in terms of offense. We're starting from behind in the count because we're having penalties."