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First Look: Ravens (2-2) vs. Dolphins (3-1)

  1. Road woes- The Ravens have won both games at home this season, but are 0-2 on the road. Under Head Coach John Harbaugh, the team has always been dominant at home, but they have struggled on the road and that trend is already continuing early in the season. The team has yet to translate all of those road wins in the playoffs into success on the road during the regular season. If this team wants to make the playoffs this year they are going to have to win a few games on the road and they will be tested again against a good Miami team. The good news is that Harbaugh teams usually bounce back from losses and come out strong the following week.
  2. Stopping Wallace- Mike Wallace doesn’t wear a Steelers jersey anymore and the Ravens should be thankful for that. Wallace used to torch the Ravens twice a year while he played in Pittsburgh and I’m sure Defensive Coordinator Dean Peas is losing some sleep over how to stop the speedster. This secondary has had some communication problems so far this season and all it takes is one mistake for Wallace to burn them for a big touchdown or gain. Wallace will be the main guy to watch out for, but the Dolphins also have Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson, so this secondary will have their hands full this Sunday. It will be important to keep a close eye on the injury report, as the Ravens best cornerback, Lardarius Webb, is dealing with a thigh injury.
  3. Containing Wake and company- Cameron Wake, who is coming off of a 15 sack season, will be more than a handful for the offensive line this week. They will also have to worry about third overall pick Dion Jordan and second year pro Oliver Vernon. All three are speed rushers, which have always caused problems for McKinnie and Oher. The Ravens have just traded for Euguene Monroe, a new left tackle who is an upgrade over McKinnie, but the team is unsure if he will be able to learn the playbook in time to play this Sunday. Regardless, expect for Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell to keep extra blockers in and use chip blocks to help slow those guys down.
  4. Offense needs to step up- Not only are Harbaugh teams average road teams, but the offense has always struggled on the road. It doesn’t help that this unit has been playing poorly all season, but that will have to change if they want to win. It is no secret that this offensive line has been the weak spot of the offense and it won’t get easier this week for that unit. That could be subject to change if the newly acquired Monroe plays this week, but he may need a few weeks before he is fully acclimated in this offense. Quarterback Joe Flacco is coming off one of his worst games as a pro. He threw a career high five interceptions and looked lost at times. To be fair, his receivers weren’t getting much separation and his offensive line couldn’t give him a clean pocket for him to throw in, but Flacco has to understand what he is working with and make better decisions. The run game is going to have to make its presence felt if there is any hope of pulling out a road win, but there is no reason to believe that this week the team will improve its run game. All aspects of this offense are going to have to be clicking if they have any chance of winning this football game.

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One Response to “First Look: Ravens (2-2) vs. Dolphins (3-1)”

  1. Robin says:

    Last weeks Ravens game was sadder than the final score reflected. ,The offense better snap out of their stupor.

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