Game #6: Vanilla Offense Features Too Much Rice

Ravens: 20   Patriots: 23 For some reason this season ends up being all about the Ravens offensive coordinator.  At some point we have to trust our offense and Flacco to make plays and cut them loose.  Our two losses can both be attributed to overly conservative play calling.  We have the weapons.  Let’s deploy them.  Against the Patriots today we played right into their gameplan by keying...
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Game #5: Smash Mouth Football Bloodies the Broncos

Ravens: 31   Broncos: 17 For some reason the Ravens have a history of being able to exert their will against the Denver Broncos.  It was no surprise to see the vaunted early season passing attack of Denver be reduced to a couple of meaningless long scores at the end of each half.  The toughness of Baltimore earned them another double digit victory against the visiting Broncos. For a change, we...
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Game #4: Last Minute Heroics Rewrite Typical Steeler Game Script

Ravens: 17   Steelers: 14 How many times have the Ravens come into Pittsburgh and battled their hearts out only to fall agonizingly short of victory?  This Sunday looked like another wasted effort until Flacco passed the team to victory in the final minute.  Give Houshman and Flacco props for making a nice adjustment on the winning TD play.  The icing on the cake was the defeat the Browns handed...
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Game #3: Flacco to Boldin Keeps Ravens From Foldin

Ravens: 24   Browns: 17 This was an early season must win for the Ravens.  Given the high expectations, they could not affford to go to 0-2 in conference with the upcoming road game against the formidable 3-0 Steelers (who don’t seem to miss Big Bad Ben all that much).  The Browns took it right to the heart of the Ravens defense – rushing unheralded fullback Peyton Hillis for 144...
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Game #2: Flacco Feeds Bengals Too Many Turnovers

Ravens: 10   Bengals: 15 Four interceptions doomed the Ravens to a key divisional road loss against the Bengals, despite the stingy defense keeping them out of the end zone.  This season has not gotten off to a good start for Joe Flacco.  The expected high octane offense with the new additions of some powerful weapons has sputtered and looked out of synch so far.  It is going to take more than a...
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Game #1: Atrocious Play-Calling but Ferocious Defense

Ravens: 10    Jets:9 The Rex Ryan Trash Talking Bowl  almost proved too much of a challenge for the new era Ravens — which looked surprisingly like the old Ravens of Ray Lewis-led solid defense coupled with unimaginative play-calling.  It’s fine to trust your defense and play conservatively at times … but now that we have reloaded with some quality offensive weapons, please...
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