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The Jekyll and Hyde Ravens are perplexing – and vexing – to watch

Street Talk The Jekyll and Hyde Ravens are perplexing – and vexing – to watch

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3+ Comments OriAl says Where did the efficient game go? Far away once Cleveland started putting an extra man in the box, and Cam kept running in the middle, anyway. The o-line didn'
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I give up.  I cannot figure out this year’s version of the Ravens.  How can they tear apart a semi-decent Browns’ team for 15 minutes, then go to sleep for two and a half quarters?  How can Joe Flacco be spot on (10 for 10) for two series, then play like he couldn’t hit the side of a garage door?

Cam Cameron crafted an efficient and time-consuming game plan that disappeared from the middle of 2nd period to the middle of the 4th.  Where did it go?

There were only two constants in this game; a defense that (for once) bent but did not break, and the continuing excellent play of the special team units.

Look, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the Ravens were in for a bad time in Houston two weeks ago.  But they looked even more dreadful than the final 43-13 score.  After I tossed that game out with the rest of the my emotional football baggage, I waited to see if they would use their bye wisely and regroup to play against a rebuilding team, a divisional opponent on the dreaded road, that was on a bit of a roll.

I predicted they would win in Cleveland and cover, and they did, but the result still leaves a bad taste in one’s mouth.  I refuse to buy the “win is win mantra” that emanates from a locker room that seems to wipe its collective brow with a “we’ll take it any way we can get it” attitude.

John Harbaugh can plays up the opposition all he wants, but his comments are belied by the player’s vocal lack of concern.  Check Joe Flacco’s comments after the Chiefs’ and Cowboys games.

Fans should be concerned because the Ravens could very easily be 1-7 rather than 6-2.  Think about it.  The only game we really dominated was the first – the 44-13 rout of the Bengals. Excluding that game, the Ravens average winning margin is 4 points.

Next Sunday the Ravens play another bad team from the AFC West, the Oakland Raiders, who will be playing on the road at 10 am their time.  I expect a good game, a win, and a 7-2 winning percentage.  Then the schedule gets decidedly tougher.

Steelers, Chargers, Steelers, Broncos, Giants.

This team has to get a lot better and soon.

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Fran "The Fan" Vojik

About Fran "The Fan" Vojik

Fran Vojik has been a contributor to the Ravens24X7 site since 2005, first as a regular on the "Letters to T.L." page, then as the author of the Fran the Fan column. A huge Orioles and Ravens fan, he defines the term “homer.” A former season ticket holder of the Baltimore Colts, he now roots on the Ravens from his corner end zone seat in M&T Bank Stadium. His work makes him a regular traveler to various MLB and NFL cities and he’s watched both the Birds and Purple and Black in a variety of away stadiums. He brings a passionate and humorous perspective to the world of professional sports. Born in Highlandtown, and a graduate of Calvert Hall College and the University of Maryland, he lives on Furnace Creek in northern Anne Arundel County. He and his girlfriend, Sandy, have recently renovated his Man Cave, known as the “The Sports Palace," which contains many mementos from the Colts, Ravens, and Orioles. On days the Ravens play at home, Fran can usually be found tailgating at the Baltimore Fire Fighters Union Hall Local 734 , supporting the organization’s Widow’s and Orphan’s fund. More from Fran "The Fan" Vojik
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OriAl
OriAl

Where did the efficient game go? Far away once Cleveland started putting an extra man in the box, and Cam kept running in the middle, anyway. The o-line didn't make holes, so Rice went nowhere, leaving third and longs. Cam's lack of imagination struck again. How about some different looks? Rice wide, motion, reverse or fake reverse, roll out Flacco and run him once in a while (just to force defenses to have to consider it, like a hitter dropping or faking an occasional bunt to bring the third baseman closer.) Cam's bland offense wasted the first quarter of the AFCC game, until he added the rollout to the mix to get Flacco away from the rush.

Eric
Eric

Fran - If you want to avoid the Maalox, I suggest that you take a chill pill and enjoy the ride. Ask yourself this: What value is there in worrying about the future? If they're good enough to win those games, they'll end up around 12-4 or so. If not, they'll end up at 9-7 or so. It's okay to be concerned, but you'll enjoy the experience more if you just accept the team for what it is. Remember, the only stat that matters is the final score. We've had that 6 out of 8 times.

JerryB
JerryB

This type of performance is a mainstay of Cam Cameron's coaching. It's been going on now for over 4 years and there is little evidence that it will change until he's....GONE!

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