By now, I’m not sure what’s left to say about the
Not to pile on Cameron, or Harbaugh for that matter, but that sequence late in the second quarter that apparently led to the "heated exchange" was just head-scratching. To review, the Ravens got the ball back at their own 13 with 44 seconds to play before half and they had two timeouts and a 21-14 lead. The Redskins had no timeouts left. You either try to make a play down-the-field or take a knee, right? Well, the Ravens handed the ball off to Rice for no gain on the first play and quickly took a timeout. On second down, Flacco hit tight end
The Ravens' decision at the end of the second half, however, I agreed with despite the criticism it has gotten. After the Redskins tied the game, the Ravens got the ball back at their 20 with 29 seconds to play and one timeout and they took a knee. I've heard plenty of people opine that they should have tried to move the ball and set up a game-winning field goal attempt. I see that logic but Flacco was getting harassed for most of the second half and he didn't seem to have a good feel about when and from where the Redskins' rush was coming from. I wouldn't have taken a chance that he'd get strip-sacked or throw an interception either.
A popular question this week, especially from the national media, has been “What’s wrong with the Ravens?” A rare two-game losing streak will prompt such questions but the reality is the there is nothing wrong with the Ravens that hadn’t also been wrong Weeks 1 through 11. The same mistakes and flaws – communication breakdowns in the secondary, lack of consistent pass rush, poor tackling, uneven offensive line and quarterback play – have been evident all season. The only difference has been that the Ravens made a couple of plays down the stretch -- or the opposition was its own worst enemy -- to overcome those things in tight wins against the
Here are a few stats that you’ll probably be hearing a lot this week with
While emerging as the Ravens' most consistent pass-rushing threat this season, fourth-year outside linebacker
Not to discount Lewis' potential return or fellow linebacker