After all they’ve been through this season, the Baltimore Ravens are right where they need to be with four games left on the schedule.
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The defending Super Bowl champions are coming off of the worst loss of the season even though it was by a mere six points. With the loss to the Browns now behind them, Baltimore has to play harder and those filling in have to step it up as the AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals come to town.
“I can’t remember us playing worse since we came here.” The words of Head Coach John Harbaugh at halftime after watching his Ravens get pushed around by the Falcons in week 2 of the pre-season.
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Baltimore inactives include linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who has ankle, knee and finger injuries. Tight end Ed Dickson (knee) and cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Chris Johnson are also inactive for the Ravens.
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The Ravens have been severely banged up for a good portion of the year. The only team in the AFC with just as many injuries may be the Pittsburgh Steelers. The heated division rivalry will begin once again on Sunday Night. And while many faces will be out for this game. Both teams will get some much needed pieces back in play. Pittsburgh will have Rashard Mendenhall back for this game. And Baltimore should see Haloti Ngata return to help a banged up defense.
When Jimmy Smith sat down to watch the NFL Draft, he didn’t expect to go in the first round. Rumors about failed drug tests and incidents with the law painted a bad image. But the Ravens took a chance on the young corner anyway, and Jimmy Smith has yet to disappoint.
After huge injuries to both Lewis and Webb, the Ravens could receive a boost if they decide to field Terrell Suggs on Sunday. If the reigning defensive player of the year is on the field, it gives the Texans one more player to worry about. And with Jimmy Smith and Ngata still dealing with nagging injuries, the team needs all the help it can get.
The Baltimore Ravens suffered huge injuries to Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb. With new players having to step up, the question remains whether or not the sky is falling in Baltimore.
Lewis suffered a season ending injury to his right triceps in the fourth quarter of the game Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.