Play calling in the National Football League is something that can be second guessed on a daily basis, and for Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, he did just some of that last night on his weekly radio show. Lewis was a little miffed at the Ravens decision to throw the ball on three straight plays Sunday on their final drive trailing the Buffalo Bills. Baltimore was at their own 49 with and second-and-one, and instead of running Willis McGhaee at least once, their last possession ended with three straight missed throws.
“We knew he should have touched the ball when you have a fourth-and-one,’ Lewis said. ‘Old-school football is old-school football. If there is a yard I need to get, there is a running back, a fullback and an offense that is meant to get that. You can’t make oranges be peaches. It doesn’t change. It will never change. That’s what Billick has to ask himself, why we keep putting ourselves in those situations. In the Cincinnati game, that cost us with those same decisions.”
The Ravens defense kept them in the contest, but each time they gave the offense a shot, they were unable to hit the big play against a Bills defense that finally showed some signs of life. For Lewis, watching from the sidelines and knowing what a bad loss it would be to lose to an overmatched Bills team, he knew that McGahee should have at least seen one carry.
“As far as decisions, you have to let Willis McGahee touch the ball on one of those plays,” Lewis said.
As for the Ravens, the loss is doubly tough since the Steelers, who lead them in the North, fell to the Denver Broncos a few hours later at Invesco Field. Chances to gain ground in the division don’t come easy, and this was one that the Ravens should have had. Now they get to stew about it for a whole two weeks, as they will not be in action again until November 5th at Pittsburgh to take on the same team they should have gained ground on Sunday.