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The Baltimore Ravens are back
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The Baltimore Ravens are back

in the win column as they defeated the Denver Broncos 27-14 in week three. Although it may be too earlier to call any game at this stage a must-win , they picked up a much-needed victory as they prepare for a three-game stretch on the road. After their disastrous performance on Thursday n[Image: nike_ravens_2986.jpg]ight football against the Bengals ten days earlier, what did we learn from the Ravens in week three?1. The offensive line is still an issue, but give them credit for taking Von Miller out of the gameLeading up to week three, most of the conversations at ‘The Castle’ were centered around Von Miller, Denver’s defensive leader. The Ravens’ offense, particularly their offensive line, knew in order to beat the Broncos, they needed to shut down Miller.“[Von Miller] the straw that stirs the drink, no doubt – one of the very best in the league at what he does. We will have to have him accounted for at all times, on every play. If we don’t do that, he’ll wreck the game. That’s job [No.] 1 on offense – that’s where it starts,” head coach John Harbaugh stated earlier in the week. It would be hard to argue that Marty Mornhinweg and the rest of the offensive staff did not scheme up a successful game plan to neutralize Miller as he finished the game with two total tackles and two penalties. He had a two-game sack streak heading into this matchup, but it was snapped on Sunday. “That was the biggest thing, just not letting him be a factor, and we had a plan for that, obviously, but at the end of the day, it’s really just up to those guys up front,” quarterback Joe Flacco said after the game. Mornhinweg’s offensive utilized several different concepts to virtually take Miller out of the game. On several occasions, they moved the pocket, which bought Joe Flacco more time to survey the field. In addition, Baltimore relied on their tight ends for chip blocks Baltimore Ravens T-Shirt , which paid dividends. 2. Don Martindale, not the loss of C.J. Mosley, was the issue in week 2Against the Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore’s defense was a nightmare in the first half following C.J. Mosley’s injury. They allowed four consecutive touchdown drives. The defense looked unorganized, and often, confused. Patrick Onwuasor took over the play-calling duties in the first half, and it was clear that the defense was not prepared for that. There were several busted coverages, poor scheme, and a questionable game plan. After the Bengals’ fourth consecutive touchdown drive, Baltimore’s defense tightened up. They only allowed 134 yards and six points for the rest of the game. It appears that the loss of Mosley was not as significant as many wereforecasting, while the real issue may have been lack of preparation bythe defense, which is entirely on Martindale. With ten days to prepare for the Broncos, and the Ravens likely knew Mosley would be inactive considering he only practiced once all week (limited participant), Martindale’s unit looked more organized. With Eric Weddle relaying the signals, the team was able to return to their dominant week one form. Baltimore held the Broncos scoreless for three quarters, and one of their touchdown drives started inside the Ravens’ six-yard line. They forced one turnover and only recorded three sacks, but the pass-rush was alive and well.Mosley is playing under the final year of his rookie contract, and Baltimore will have a difficult to decision to make in the offseason. However, with the emergence of Kenny Young, would it be wise for the Ravens to give Mosley such a lucrative contract? If the defense continues to perform well without Mosley, their decision may not be so difficult.3. Joe Flacco is the biggest factor in whether or not the Ravens make the playoffsThis is not necessarily a new takeaway or one that should be much of a surprise. However, weeks two and three showcased the difference between how the Ravens perform when Flacco is ‘hot’ and when he is ‘cold.’ In week two Baltimore Ravens Hats , the offensive line was far from satisfactory, but Flacco still had plenty of opportunities to lead Baltimore to a come from behind victory. However, his inaccuracy issues reared its ugly head, and the Ravens were defeated. Flacco’s decision-making was head-scratching. Flashing forward to week three, it was seemingly a different quarterback. Despite being pressured on multiple occasions, Flacco was able to guide the offense to 27 points. His stats may not be ‘sexy’ as he only had 277 yards and one touchdown, but it was his sharp decision-making that should have stolen the show. The Ravens now have the weapons around Flacco to have an above-average offense, and it is on him to deliver. Can he force Baltimore to have to make a tough decision this offseason?Ravens waive DB Robertson Daniel, sign C Hroniss Grasu The Baltimore Ravens have made a roster move on Monday evening as they have waived defensive back Robertson Daniel in order to sign center Hroniss Grasu. This move should not come as a major surprise as Baltimore’s interior offensive line has struggled in the first three games of the season. The Ravens worked out ten offensive linemen prior to week three, including nine guards and centers, and Grasu participated in this tryout. Grasu has started 12 games in his NFL career. The Bears selected him in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, but he failed to live up to the hype. Grasu started eight games his rookie season and then tore his ACL in August of 2016, which ended his 2016 campaign.The following season, Grasu only started four games due to injuries along Chicago’s offensive line. He was far from satisfactory with the Bears, which led to his release in September of 2018. Grasu will likely not start immediately, but he will compete with Matt Skura for the starting center spot as the season progresses. If Skura’s struggles continue, Grasu could be the Ravens’ new center.As for Daniel, he was signed before Sunday’s game due to Anthony Averett’s injury. However, he did not make an impact defensively. He was acquired as a depth piece, and with Averett’s hamstring expected to heal up sooner rather than later and Jimmy Smith returning from suspension following week four, Daniel was expendable.
12-07-2018 04:39 AM
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