Ravens' penalty problems only getting worse

The frustration is palpable, and it’s not only because of the Ravens‘ three-game losing skid.

Sure, the losing streak is a thorny issue, but this topic — which might be a leading cause of the losses — is what seemingly irks Ravens players and coaches most.

The biggest target of the players’ withering comments after Sunday’s 27-23 loss to the New York Giants was their penchant for accumulating penalties.

“That’s what’s killing us,” wide receiver Mike Wallace said. “We’re just doing it to ourselves. We eliminate that, and we’re just a way better football team. We put way too many hours in. We’re there every single day. The coaches do a really good job of going back and going over the plays we might have gotten a penalty on. There’s nothing more they can do. The players, we have to take ownership of not getting the penalties and killing our drives, killing our team.”

Said rookie left tackle Alex Lewis, who commited back-to-back penalties Sunday: “That’s hard to win games when you’re shooting yourself in the foot. It’s just something we’ve got to clean up, and we’ve got to practice. We’ll get there. It’s a long season, and we’ve got 10 more games left, and we’ll keep stacking each day and get better.”

Misbehaving Ravens

After committing just 18 penalties for a loss of 122 yards in their first three games, the Ravens have now been penalized 34 times for 281 yards in their last three games, which — perhaps not coincidentally — have all ended in losses. Here is how they rank with the rest of the league in penalties and penalty yards.

Top 10 teams in penalties

T1. Ravens 52

T1. Raiders 52

3. Rams 50

4. Eagles 49

T5. Browns 48

T5. Lions 48

7. Redskins 47

T8. Broncos 46

T8. Colts 46

T8. Jaguars 46

Top 10 teams in penalty yards

1. Lions 450

2. Jaguars 442

3. Rams 435

4. Giants 432

5. Bills 414

6. Raiders 411

7. Eagles 404

8. Ravens 403

T9. Dolphins 402

T9. Falcons 402

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