This feature appears every week on the Baltimore Sports Blitz. It's just like "What They're Saying About the Ravens," but it includes blogger Matt Vensel saying something about what those people are saying. Got it?
I agree with Ian. Yes, the Ravens have major flaws, but so does the rest of the AFC (well, maybe not the Texans). The Ravens are still in great shape, and I don’t think their defense can get any worse at this point. I expect them to make the playoffs, and if they do, all bets are off. They have the experience. They have a quarterback. And if they only have to play one playoff game away from M&T Bank Stadium, a trip to the Super Bowl is still possible.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports says the mystique of the defense is gone after Sunday's 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans
There is no question the mystique has been shredded. Teams no longer fear the Ravens, and it all starts up front, where they used to dominate and are now dominated. The defense has struggled mightily the past few weeks, but the Texans were strong enough and sound enough to exploit all of their flaws.
--- Ashley Fox of ESPN wrote that the flaws exposed by the Texans on Sunday could keep the Ravens out of the postseason.
"That's where it feels like the Ravens might end up: on the outside looking in," she wrote. "Granted, Sunday's defeat is only one loss. The team is 5-2, with the second-best record in a mediocre AFC, with nine games to play. But this team isn't playing to make the playoffs. It's playing to get to the Super Bowl, and some alarming truths have been uncovered in the first seven weeks of the season that were magnified against a Houston team that was playing to retrieve its reputation. Baltimore is not a very good football team right now."
I’m sorry, but do you really think the Ravens won't find a way to finish the season with 10 or 11 wins?
Honestly, I don’t think the absence of Lewis and Webb made much of a difference in this one. Webb being out is a big blow over the long haul, but Sunday’s game was won up front by the Texans.
--- John Eisenberg of Ravens.com says the Ravens could use the no-huddle offense less after the bye week.
As I wrote after the game, it might be time to make the no-huddle offense a part-time thing. It limits the impact of