OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Baltimore Ravens have plenty of flaws, and theyre running out of time to fix them.Two weeks ago, the Ravens were in first place in the AFC North. Now, after an embarrassing 43-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, theyre in the cellar.Baltimore (5-4) yielded four sacks, gained only 63 yards rushing and — worst of all — allowed Ben Roethlisberger to throw six touchdown passes.With cornerback Jimmy Smith out with a sprained left foot, the Ravens surrendered 340 yards passing to a team they held without a touchdown earlier in the season.Clearly, the secondary is a primary concern.I think guys have played OK at times, well other times and there have been a few bad plays out there, coach John Harbaugh said Monday.Against the Steelers, it was mostly awful. The Ravens have already passed the midpoint of the season, and they still havent perfected their communication on the back end of their defence.We had two plays which were coverage busts. We just were in the wrong spot, we werent on the same page, we misplayed the coverage, Harbaugh said. And there were three other times where we just got beat physically. So those are bad things.Safety Terrence Brooks was a healthy inactive for the Ravens, who are still looking for the right combination in pass coverage.You want to play in that secondary? Step up in practice and play well and step in the game and make plays and be in the right spot, Harbaugh said. Thats what were looking for guys to do.Baltimore led 7-0 before committing two straight turnovers that set up two Pittsburgh touchdowns. Later, a 14-10 deficit became 29-10 when the Steelers scored on touchdown passes of 47 and 54 yards.Too many big plays by them, too many turnovers by us, Harbaugh lamented.The Ravens were 5-2 before falling at Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. Now, theyre in danger of missing the playoffs for a second straight season.Everybody has tough weeks, Harbaugh said. Its going to be a fight to the end. We just got to make sure were in the fight. That starts with moving forward right now, this week, to the next game.The Ravens face Tennessee at home on Sunday. If they win that one, theyll head into their bye week with a 6-4 record.We just have to move forward and start winning football games again, quarterback Joe Flacco said. It starts this week.Baltimore must do a better job of protecting Flacco if it is going to make a run at the post-season. In addition to the four sacks, Flacco was rushed on several throws while operating behind an offensive front that had its hands full the entire night.It really wasnt a common theme. It was a number of things, Harbaugh said. We got beat 1-on-1 a couple of times, once or twice we didnt get to the hot receiver, once or twice we didnt make a throw or a catch or we were safe with the ball. Its collective. The theme is that weve got to handle pressure. Weve got make people pay for it, run and pass. Its something thats going to be important for us to do.The good news for the Ravens is that they have already played all but one of their games within the AFC North, where every team is currently over .500. Four of Baltimores final seven games are home, including matchups against Tennessee (2-6), Jacksonville (1-8) and the slumping San Diego Chargers.There is still hope, regardless of the teams current shortcomings.We have a lot of plusses, Harbaugh insisted. Its not like were sitting here without good players. Every team has weaknesses. Every team has things they have to scheme around and play around. Well figure out how to do that.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
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