Russell Baxter, who has covered the NFL for nearly 30 years, and founder of the website, ProFootballGuru.com, joined Zinno on “Last Call” to break down the week that was in the NFL.
They started with the Ravens and their 3-5 record. “People seem to forget they squeezed a lot of out that defense last year. Give credit to Joe Flacco with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions, but sometimes it gets buried that the Ravens had 10 takeaways in four playoff games,” Baxter said. In general this year the Ravens have struggled with takeaways, combined with no running game is a big part of the Ravens struggles.
They stayed in the AFC North as the Bengals loss in week nine to the Dolphins was of particular importance and they lost a great opportunity for early playoff positioning. Baxter said, “It was a big loss. To me, it still goes back to the erratic play of the quarterback, Andy Dalton, who followed up a five touchdown game against the Jets by,not only turning over the ball four times against the Dolphins, but also getting sacked for a safety.”
The Kansas City Chiefs are still the biggest story in the NFL and the only undefeated team left in the NFL. But still, pundits doubt their greatness as they have only beaten one team with a winning record. That didn’t seem to scare away Baxter saying, “I buy them because when you can hold nine straight opponents to 17 points or less, I don’t care who the opponents are, that’s still pretty impressive in this day and age when they are begging you to score points!”