What they're saying about the Ravens

November 06, 2013|The Baltimore Sun

A collection of what other media outlets are saying as the Ravens prepare to play against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.

* NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal critiques Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's play this season.

Joe Flacco forever changed how he'll be viewed last February in New Orleans. But he still hasn't climbed the final mountain for NFL quarterback greatness: He can't play at a high level for 16 games.

* Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com takes a look at the Ravens and their chances of making the playoffs.

This is why it's difficult to think the Ravens can get everything back on track simply because they've done so in the past. There are too many recurring problems throughout the first half of the season -- slow starts, struggling running game and poor finishes on defense -- to believe everything is going to get rectified in the second half.

* ESPN.com's Coley Harvey talks about the Bengals, like the Ravens, being in "desperation mode" for Sunday's game.

Like [Bengals defensive end Michael] Johnson, veteran cornerback Chris Crocker has been studying the division race in recent weeks and knows that the 3-5 Ravens pose every bit of a challenge as the 4-4 Dolphins or the 4-5 Browns. He, too, hopes that for the next seven games and beyond, the rest of his team taps into the urgency Johnson was referencing.

* On Monday Morning Quarterback, Peter King lists Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell as one of his Offensive Players of the Week.

The numbers were nice -- 23 of 35, 262 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions -- but it’s significant for two reasons. One: The Browns were 0-11 against the Joe Flacco Ravens entering Sunday, and much of that was due to the abysmal state of Cleveland quarterbacking over the last six years. In all ways, Campbell outplayed Flacco. Two: He did it all with either bruised or broken ribs. “He was hurting out there and kept fighting and made some big plays and big-time throws,’’ said coach Rob Chudzinski. You can say that again.

* On FoxSports.com, former Ravens coach Brian Billick includes the Ravens' loss to the Browns as part of his "Let me get this straight" segment.

Jason Campbell added 262 yards and three touchdowns of his own as the Browns beat the Ravens for the first time in 11 tries. The last time the Browns won this head-to-head matchup was Week 11 in 2007.

NFL power rankings roundup

* ProFootballTalk ranks the Ravens at No. 21, down seven spots from last week.

The old Browns finally are playing like the new Browns used to play.

* ESPN.com also drops the Ravens to No. 21, six spots lower than last week.

From 2009 to Week 8 this season, Ray Rice had never failed to reach 10 yards after contact with at least 10 rushes, something he's now done in back-to-back weeks.

* Hensley explains the Ravens' ranking on ESPN.com.

The Baltimore Ravens' free fall on the Power Rankings continues -- they drop six spots this week. This is the Ravens' lowest ranking of the season and the team's worst showing in six seasons under coach John Harbaugh. The last time the Ravens were out of the top 20 was the end of the 2007 season, when they were 5-11 and ranked No. 25.

* Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com lists the Ravens at No. 19, down four spots from last week.

They are so limited offensively because of their offensive line. Can they make it work? If not, they won't make the playoffs.

* On FoxSports.com, Billick puts the Ravens at No. 25 this week, down eight spots from their previous ranking.

This is the first loss after a bye week for the Ravens under John Harbaugh and the third straight week they failed to score more than 20 points in the game.

* NFL.com's Elliot Harrison drops the Ravens to No. 18, three spots lower than last week.

The Ravens got what they needed when Cameron Wake plowed Andy Dalton into the Sun Life grass last Thursday night -- and then they came out flat in Cleveland. What now? First, Sunday's home date with the Bengals becomes an absolute and certifiable must-win. Then, Baltimore must capitalize on what should be a manageable stretch of the schedule, with a trip to Chicago followed by a three-game homestand consisting of matchups with the Jets, Steelers and Vikings.

* In this week's Associated Press Pro32 poll, the Ravens are tied at No. 21 with the Washington Redskins.

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