It’s still a shocker to see the Ravens in the bottom half of the league after starting the season No. 9 in the preseason rankings, but as the saying goes, “you are what your record says you are.” Right now, they are 1-3 and not necessarily playing good football.
Here is what the FanSided staff had to say about the Ravens this week:
Like it says above, it was important that the Ravens got a win, no matter how ugly it was. The reason why the Ravens picked up the win over the Steelers is that Justin Forsett had his best game of the season. He rushed for 105 yards in the second half in which the Ravens did not have Steve Smith and set the table for Justin Tucker to hit the game-winning field goal in overtime. He ran for 150 yards total, 26 more than he had in the previous three games combined.
That is something that Marc Trestman will need to continue to enphasize in the gameplan with all the injuries at wide receiver. The current group of receivers might be the worst in the franchise’s history so the Ravens will need to establish a running game against a pretty good Browns defense. The Browns have not been a pushover this season, and despite the loss on Sunday to the San Diego Chargers, they moved up in this week’s power rankings.
Here is how the rest of the AFC North was ranked this week:
Cleveland Browns: 21st
Pittsburgh Steelers: 12th
Cincinnati Bengals: 3rd
A win this week is critical as the schedule calls for another round of back-to-back games on the West Coast in Week 6 and 7 against the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals. The last trip out west wasn’t too kind to the Ravens, and both teams present a challenge. At this point of the season, the Ravens want to head into the bye week in Week 9 with a .500 record.
The Ravens can get to that mark with wins the next two weeks, but they will have their work cut out for them. These are games they must have for any hope of getting back into the mix of playoff hopefuls. Baltimore needs to build off the Steelers win and make it two in a row on Sunday against the Browns.
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