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Who’s the Most Important Player Sunday?

The Baltimore Ravens come to a critical juncture. Mainly, they have to improve on both sides of the ball and overcome injuries on defense.

Who’s Is Most Important Player Sunday?  Who has to step up in Cleveland to help the Ravens win on the road?

We pose the question to our columnists:

Ben Zinman:

“My answer would be the same if it were the 1st or 16th game of the season. Joe Flacco must play well for the remainder of the season if the Ravens are to be a playoff selection. With the defense struggling through 7 games  and most likely continuing to have major challenges for the next 9 games Joe must become the leader of this team, at least as far as his performance on the field is concerned.”

Jonathan Scruggs:

“The most important player is Ray Rice. The Ravens need a healthy dose of Ray if they hope to win on the road at Cleveland. The Browns may be the Browns but they’re getting better every week, and they’re coming off a big win over San Diego. The Ravens need to control this game, and to do that they have to give Ray the ball.”

Matt Jergensen:

Joe Flacco must play more consistent on the road if the Ravens are to advance to the playoffs or further. For me playing well doesn’t have to mean big numbers. He needs to not turn the ball over, run the offense efficiently and take what the defense gives him.” 

Gene Winner:

“As much as Joe Flacco has to step up on the road and of course that Ray Rice needs to be given his ample amount of carries, the defense is going to be key for this game and the rest of the season.   If anyone has to step up it is the entire defensive line. As far as a player, DT Haloti Ngata is the most important one moving forward for this defense. Haloti Ngata has been hampered by a knee sprain, but he might be back to full strength with the bye.  It’s no secret in Baltimore that the defense has made a living off stopping the run and making opponents one-dimensional. Now’s up to the defensive line and Ngata to start setting the tone in the trenches.”

 

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