Inability to churn out first downs has led to offensive inconsistency.

In today's NFL, teams need to get out to fast starts, or at least keep pace with the opposition.

That has been a rare occasion for the Ravens this season. In eight games, the Ravens are averaging just 7.9 points in the first two quarters of each game. Twice, the Ravens were able to record 17 points in the first half and are 1-1 doing so (a loss to Denver, a win over Houston).

Conversely, the Ravens have also been held scoreless in the first half twice, the first time against Cleveland in Week 2 and the second time against Green Bay.

It's become a reoccurring theme for the Ravens to play catch-up with those they're competing against.

Earlier this week, Joe Flacco singled out a problem area in these repeated slow starts.