Another slow start for Ravens in Miami

The Ravens went into halftime trailing the Dolphins 13-6 with plenty of issues to address.

There’s the offensive line, which is getting burned in both passing and running situations. There’s usually steady Sam Koch, whose suddenly inconsistent punting has put the field position battle in the Dolphins’ favor. There’s the running backs themselves, who aren’t breaking tackles and have been unable to make a big gain on the ground.

The Ravens aren’t playing new left tackle Eugene Monroe today and made another change on the O-line in the first quarter, removing Kelechi Osemele and inserting A.Q. Shipley at left guard. It isn’t clear if Osemele is hurt or if the move was made for performance reasons.

The line has allowed two sacks and quarterback Joe Flacco has had pressure in his face all game. He’s 7-for-14 for 131 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.

The running game has again been a non-factor, even though it has been used much more than last week, when Baltimore called just nine rushing plays in the loss to Buffalo. The Ravens have just 33 yards on 15 carries for a 2.2 average - even lower than the season’s awful 2.6 yards per carry. Ray Rice has 11 runs for 26 yards so far. He also has three catches for 20 yards.

In all, the Ravens are being outgained 170-146.

Koch had two 26-yard punts in the first half with the second one setting up the game’s first touchdown for Miami.

On the positive side, Pernell McPhee and Courtney Upshaw each have a sack for the Ravens. Baltimore has also held the Dolphins to seven rushing yards on nine attempts.

However, Mike Wallace has beaten Baltimore’s secondary for six catches and 99 receiving yards so far.