Points to ponder from the Ravens beating of the Broncos

Anyone else miss Jared Gaither?

I know I don’t and the Gaither saga needs to come to some form of conclusion soon. In fact, John Harbaugh even used those words in a recent interview. While I don’t think that means the Ravens will finally part ways with Gaither and release him I do think they may place him on IR to at least retain his rights – for now.

This was the second game in a row where the Offensive Line played very well together. They kept pressure off Flacco and dominated in the run game. When the Ravens had to move Marshall Yanda to Right Tackle and insert Chris Chester at Right Guard it forced the whole group to readjust. I understand why they did it, in fact I endorsed the idea of getting your best lineman on the field. Now as we head into Week Six the line appears to be firing on all clyinders and aside from injury I want this to be the group that we go with the rest of the way. Continuity is the way to a top notch line and Gaither’s antics only confuse the issue.

Why did the Ravens seemingly struggle around the goal line today?

They did eventually punch two of those attempts in for touchdowns but it sure seemed harder than it looked. My guess is predictability of running to the strong side and not getting line penetration.

Which brings me to the first drive of the afternoon. The Ravens were off quickly and were soon knocking on the door inside the Broncos Five. It’s always been popular and always will be to second guess Cam Cameron. If it doesn’t work then there are thousands of Madden pros that would have called the play that would have found the endzone. So it’s my post, here’s my opinion.

The goal line doesn’t need to be tricky. Power running off tackle, a QB Sneak over the Center, or play action and Quarterback roll-out off the fake. If you can’t score off those simple plays then your execution is awful or your line isn’t getting any push so it doesn’t matter what you call anyway. That being said, Haloti Ngata is having a Pro Bowl All-Universe type season so why you risk injury sending him out for passes when you have mutiple receivers who would gladly fight over grabs it instead makes no sense. I was ready for a huge I told you so as Ngata got up slowly after the failed Fourth Down attempt.

K.I.S.S. method please Cam.

Are the Ravens ready for Ed Reed to return?

Absolutely. It’ s looking that Reed will be ready to roll for the Dolphins game after the Bye week and giving the Ravens Reed at a stage where the Defense, especially the Secondary has been playing so well almost seems unfair. But Kyle Orton was able to remind people that the Ravens still need him with two deep throws for touchdowns over the Safety help. If he can play anywhere close to his expected level it will bring a playmaking dimension that’s bee lacking since his departure.

Who was the Offensive player of the Game?

Ray Rice broke out huge from his early slumber. He zigged and zagged all over Denver and made his Fantasy owners very happy with a few scores too. The Offensive Line played well for the second consecutive week as noted, which not only kept Flacco clean but also helped the Ravens ground and pound the opposition in the second half.

Who was the Defensive player of the Game?

Fabian Washington was excellent all day and looks fully recovered from his ACL tear. In fact all the Corners played extremely well. Special note to the tag team smash by Jason Phillips and Edgar Jones that caused an early fumble on a kickoff return. Speaking of kickoffs Billy Cundiff was Sebastian Janikowski without party habits today. I’m not sure what kind of program he used over the off-season but he looks strong.


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