The Baltimore Ravens defense is starting to come together and has not given up a touchdown since the week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos. The Ravens vs Bills game will give Joe Flacco an opportunity to see if the offense can move the ball on the road. Due to the mass exit of several key players and several injuries, the Ravens haven’t gotten much respect this year. If the Ravens win today, they will remain at the top of the AFC North division.
The Buffalo Bills will have the home field advantage, but I don’t think it will be enough to stop the pass rush of the Superbowl Champion Ravens. I expect the Ravens to get their first road win of the season today. Go Ravens!!!
Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense will have to step up today when they face the defense of the Houston Texans today. The Baltimore Ravens will have to do it without the help of Ray Rice as he is still recovering from a hip injury. With Anquan Boldin gone and Dennis Pitta out because of injury, the Ravens offense has struggled and are not putting up the kind of numbers that they did during their Superbowl run.
Joe Flacoo is now one the top highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL and he will have to prove he can lead the offense in spite of all the injuries. If Ed Reed does play today, hopefully Joe Flacco won’t throw him a pick six.
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The Baltimore Ravens have moved into 1st place in the AFC North by defeating the Cleveland Browns today. The Ravens defense play much better this week and did not give up any touchdowns this week. The offense did not look spectacular but Joe Flacco did throw another TD pass to rookie WR Marlon Brown.
Ray Rice suffered a weird hip injury during game. There was no report on the seriousness of the Ray Rice injury yet. Pash rushers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs both recorded sacks for the Baltimore Ravens.
Final Score: Ravens 14 Browns 6
Can the Baltimore Ravens blame their blowout loss on the high altitude3 of the Denver Broncos stadium. I mean the game should have been played at home as is the tradition of giving the Superbowl Champs a home game for the NFL season opener. Not only did the Ravens have to go on the road, but they had to go on the road in a hostile environment to play a good football team with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Don’t get me wrong though because the Ravens did nget their asses whipped.
The Baltimore Ravens made several bonehead mistakes throughout the Ravens vs Broncos game last night. I mean the guy who ran into Jacoby Jones during the return causing Jacoby Jones to get injured should be cut. I mean a challenge flag should have been thrown on a bad referee call when the replay showed that the pass was dropped. This resulted in a touchdown drive for the Denver Broncos. Dallas Clark dropped a key touchdown pass and our defensive secondary got burned left and right giving up 7 TD passes to Peyton Manning.
The only real bright spots for the Ravens was that Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil both recorded sacks on Peyton Manning, but overall the defense was not very impressive to say the least. Michael Huff did not show me much other than the fact that he can miss key tackles. Another bright side is that Denver beat us bad last year too in the regular season but the Ravens came back and beat them when it really counts and that is in the playoffs!
Several questions will be answered this season for the Baltimore Ravens. Here are some key questions that we might get an answer to in the Ravens vs Broncos game tonight:
1. Is Joe Flacco worth the new contract?
It will be interesting to see which Joe Flacco shows up tonight. Either the regular season Flacco or the post season Flacco during the Superbowl run. If Joe Flacco can defeat Peyton Manning two times in a row then it would be a major accomplishment.
2. How good will our new defense be?
The defense will definitely get tested tonight going against the Broncos offense and their 3 top notch receivers. It will be interesting to see how our secondary will hold up without Ed Reed.
3. Who will step up at the wide receiver position?
With Anquan Boldin gone and Dennis Pitta injured, it will be interesting to see who emerges as the 2nd receiver behind Torrey Smith.
The Ravens vs Broncos will be a good game to start off the NFL football season but it is a shame that the game will not be played in Baltimore where it belongs.
The Baltimore Ravens had to make some tough decision to get down to the 53 man roster by Saturday evening. Some of the well known players that were cut by the Ravens included wide receiver Tandon Doss and running back Bobby Rainey. Both Tandon Doss and Bobby Rainey played fairly well in the last pre-season game. Bobby Rainey played especially well scoring two touchdowns in the game.
Many fans were upset that Bobby Rainey was let go since he played so well. One thing is for sure and that is that the Ravens will have plenty of new faces this year. It will be very interesting to see who emerges as key players this year. Joe Flacco will most certainly have some new toys to play with at the wide receiver position.