Ravens Now Dead Last Against the Run

Street Talk Ravens Now Dead Last Against the Run

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REALITY: The Baltimore Ravens offense is ranked 31st in the NFL… second to last.

Perception: It doesn’t take much to see the Ravens offense is just pitiful. Even quarterback Joe Flacco said “It is what it is”… in other words, it stinks but there is not much we can do about it. And believe it or not, he is right. Yes, Flacco can improve, but what else can the team do? The makeshift offensive line is doing the best it can under the circumstances of being all banged up. The running backs are doing above what anyone expected from a bunch of backups and no-names. The receivers… who? Exactly.

When you are missing your top two or three tight ends, your top three receivers, your top 3 running backs, and one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL, what do you expect from the offense?

Go ahead, complain about Flacco, but have you see what Matt Ryan is doing? Exactly, he is doing nothing with a much better group of guys on his offense. Flacco needs to improve, but this is not all on him.

REALITY: There continues to be no such thing as a “2-minute Drill” in Baltimore.

Perception: I’ve been complaining about this for years, yet it never seems to get fixed. I suppose it’s silly to hope for anything better at this point. It’s hard to believe this is the same QB who authored that amazing final-minute drive to go the length of Heinz Field for the win in 2011. The Ravens have no sense of urgency until games are out of reach nowadays.

REALITY: The Baltimore Ravens defense is ranked 22nd in the league, but last against the run.

Perception: No one expected this. Brandon Williams was a huge loss for the last couple of weeks, but the Vikings made it look like even he wasn’t there on Sunday. For as much hype as the Ravens D had at the start of the year, and after the first two games, they have dropped dramatically since then.

Sure, the offense is not helping them by scoring any points or giving the D any rest between series, but the plays that the D is letting up is not something this team is known for doing. It’s time for the defense to take a look at themselves and start taking responsibility for their level of play.

REALITY: The Ravens will continue their streak of playing against backup quarterbacks.

Perception: Usually teams would be salivating at the thought of playing 4-straight games against back-up QBs, but that is simply not the case for the Ravens.

Yes, they won against Oakland and EJ Manuel, but then they made the Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky look way too good. Case Keenum has looked very good for the Vikings this season, but he’s still someone the Ravens should be beating. And now Jay Cutler is out for the Dolphins on Thursday Night. I’m sure the Ravens will have Matt Moore looking pretty good as he will throw all over them, and they’ll let Jay Ajayi run right through them.

REALITY: The Ravens take on the Dolphins in Week 8.

Perception: Miami always seems to give the Ravens fits. The regular season series between these two teams is tied 6-6, with the most notable game coming back in 2007, when the Ravens fell to the Dolphins in December, which was Miami’s only win of that entire season.

The Dolphins started terribly this season, but lately have found ways to win. Defensively, they are ranked 7th, led by a tough run D. Offensively, they are dead last in the NFL in total yards.

So if you thought the last two games for the Ravens were ugly, this could be another one. Two teams that can’t move the ball offensively. The Ravens are going to have to find a way to make Matt Moore make mistakes, but I have a feeling the Dolphins won’t let him, as they will rely on the run game, which should have its way with a soft Baltimore D.

But somehow, I believe Baltimore finds a way.

Ravens win 17-13.

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Joe Polek was born in Baltimore, MD, and was raised in Bel Air, MD. He lives in Maine from 2001-2012, where he met his wife and had two daughters. He now resides in Columbia, SC where he has left TV/Radio and is the South Carolina Marketing Coordinator for Bojangles' Restaurants. Joe is a huge sports fan, but most importantly he lives and breathes Baltimore (and Maryland) sports. He routinely gets back to Baltimore for a Ravens and Orioles game once a year. A couple of his highlights were being at the final game at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, and also sitting in left field for “2130”, and “2131” (Cal Ripken’s consecutive game streak). Find Joe on Twitter at @JoePolek. Joe is a huge sports fan, but most importantly he lives and breathes Baltimore (and Maryland) sports. He routinely gets back to Baltimore for a Ravens game once a year, and while living in Maine, went to Foxboro and Fenway whenever the Ravens or Orioles came to town. A couple of his highlights were being at the final game at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, and also sitting in left field for “2130”, and “2131” (Cal Ripken’s consecutive game streak). Find Joe on Twitter at @JoePolek. More from Joe Polek

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