"There are going to be penalties when you play aggressive," head coach John Harbaugh noted recently, and indeed, the Ravens are known for such play. However, penalties have been a major problem for Baltimore. The Ravens have been assessed 1,057 yards on 110 penalties this season, with both totals well above the league average, and they lost two touchdowns to penalties in a narrow loss at Pittsburgh in Week 16. Pass-interference penalties have dogged Baltimore at times, most notably in the Week 13 loss at Green Bay, when the Ravens were flagged four times for the foul, but they have committed just one since, something Harbaugh credited to improved technique. Cutting down on penalties figures to be a point of emphasis in the offseason, as the Ravens were assessed more penalties and penalty yards than the league average in 2008, as well.
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