The Baltimore Ravens will attempt to rebound from their frustrating loss to the Cincinnati Bengals without cornerback Jimmy Smith, who will be sidelined for several weeks with a sprained left foot.
The Ravens are tied with the Steelers for the most wins at 5. They are % points behind Cincinnati for the lead. However, the Ravens face the most difficult game of the week.
The AFC North is without question the toughest division in the NFL. Baltimore had a chance to gain a big lead heading into Week 9 but fell short against Cincinnati. Now it’s anyone’s division to win — and lose.
In a span of 16:03, Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw five touchdown passes to four different receivers against the beleaguered Tampa Bay Buccaneers to –basically– end Sunday’s game well before halftime.
After one of the darkest two days in Ravens history, the “Purple and Black” came out and proved on a national stage that despite no matter what a team goes through when the whistle blows all the focus is on the game.
The Ravens’ newly acquired Steve Smith Sr. showed Baltimore why they signed him with his play against the Redskins on Saturday night.
“He was very impressive against the Redskins. He’s just an intense guy. He brings that to practice every day,” said Brown. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that if he stays healthy this season he’ll make some plays and make the Ravens better.”
I am concerned about the defense right now, and how the line and secondary are being ravaged by injuries.
The injury problems continue to pile up for the Baltimore Ravens during this pre-season, especially at cornerback.
Cliff Brown joined Ed and Steve to talk about the Ravens outlook heading into the dress rehearsal also known as pre-season game 3.
Chris McAlister joined Ed and Steve to talk about being a Buffalo Bills coaching intern.
One of the biggest roster questions other than cornerback for the Ravens is that of Right Tackle. Ricky Wagner has been getting the majority of first-team reps at the position, but nothing is set in stone just yet.
“[Harbaugh] said Ricky’s been solid, and solid comes before good, which comes before great. So Wagner isn’t good or great just yet, but he’s looking like he’ll win the job,” said Coleman.
“He’s probably in the top four players you cannot afford to lose. It just shows how valuable he is, because you saw how Dominique franks faired when replacing him,” said Wilson.
“The thing about the preseason is you just sort of want to survive and advance to games that matter,” Wilson added.
Although depth and injury problems have been a factor in the preseason for Baltimore, there have been a number of bright spots in the first two games.