It’s time for our weekly segment of Buy or Sell brought to you by Glen Burnie Motorsports. Each week, we pick three topics and let you know if we’re agreeing (buying) or disagreeing (selling) with the statement. Then, you vote and tell us what you think.
Boom boom boom ba doom boom bink – LOSE PACK LOSE!
Ed Dickson should see more snaps than Dallas Clark
Along with tackle Bryant McKinnie, tight end Ed Dickson has been the main scapegoat for many of the Ravens’ offensive struggles through the first quarter of the season. Since the Ravens lost starting tight end Dennis Pitta to a fractured hip, it took Dickson five games to finally show up and contribute in a positive way on offense. Though the first five games, Dickson and fellow tight end Dallas Clark have essentially split snaps. Dickson has played 206 snaps total, while Clark has 202.
Should Dickson see more snaps than Clark?
BUY: I’m buying purely based on the fact that Dickson has more motivation to play well than Clark. While Clark’s playing days are limited due to age, Dickson’s could only be limited by his effort. In the locker room, Dickson seems confident due to strong practices he’s put together and unlike last week where his head coach called him out, he actually drew praise from the Ravens coaching staff this week.
Last week, Dickson saw a season-high with 52 snaps as opposed to Clark’s 36. I think the trend should continue, while keeping Dickson on a very short leash.
If he plays, Jacoby Jones should be the primary kick returner
Jacoby Jones hasn’t seen the football field since midway through the Ravens’ opening game disaster in Denver. As Jones stated earlier this week in the locker room, he feels like a “punished child” having to watch the team play without him. Jones has completed a full two weeks of practice and will be a game-time decision (officially listed as QUESTIONABLE on the team’s injury report). Jones has plenty of value as a receiver, but should he return to his Pro Bowl special teams duty as well?
SELL: I’m selling this, for this week. I wouldn’t be too shocked if Jones sits out another week given that he expressed that his primary setback was more about having confidence on his knee than anything. I would rather play it safe with Jones than risk losing him for the season due to rushing him back too fast. I believe having Jones play on offense only will reduce the risk to him hurting his knee any further. He’ll have 11 men running full speed at him on kickoffs and punts, while he’ll be running away from them if he plays offense.
Safety first, at least this week.
The Ravens will continue their perfect 10-0 home streak against the NFC under John Harbaugh
The Packers are beatable; they’re 2-2 with both of their losses coming on the road (San Francisco and Cincinnati). In both losses, the home teams scored 34 points and the Packers put up 28 and 30, respectively.
BUY:… but barely. I’m picking the Ravens this week, purely due to the fact that they’re going to be at home. For as much as the Packers are feared on offense, their defense doesn’t inspire the same feelings. With Clay Matthews Jr. out with a broken thumb, this game turns into a shootout. Momentum is the major key, and the Ravens have to sustain it for the entire game. During their Week 1 loss to the Broncos, the Ravens hung in until a blown challenge sucked the life out of the team. With the M&T Bank Stadium crowd on their side, I’d expect the crowd noise to play a major factor in hampering the Packers offense this Sunday.