Baltimore Ravens Look Ahead

Baltimore Ravens: The Week 10 bye had perfect timing

After losing to the Tennessee Titans in Week 9, the Baltimore Ravens needed this Week 10 bye week desperately and are looking to turn it around for the 2nd half of the season.

Nov 5, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

It is the pretty much the same story every week for the wildly inconsistent 4-5 Baltimore Ravens this year. In their wins and loses, the offense struggles in the passing game with questionable play calling and quarterback play and the defense has to pick up the slack for the offense to even compete with other teams. But there is some hope after the bye week as the Ravens are the healthiest they have ever been this year. The Ravens have to capitalize on this opportunity getting their playmakers back with a win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 11.

In the Week 11 injury report, the only players that did not practice or were limited in practice are Jimmy Smith (Achilles) and Ronnie Stanley (concussion), per the report from Jeff Zrebiec.

Both players will be at the ready this Sunday as Smith has dealt with an Achilles injury for a few weeks and Stanley is limited with a concussion. Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) was in a non-contact jersey. Terrance West was back in practice after suffering a calf injury in Week 5. Danny Woodhead could play in Week 12. The Ravens would have to make a roster move to put him back on the active roster from injured reserve. Considering how injured this team has been, this is a good sign for things to come for the rest of the season.

The Baltimore Ravens did make some moves during the bye week due to the crowded running back group with Terrance West and potentially Danny Woodhead back.

Nov 5, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Bobby Rainey (31) rushes against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens had to waive running back/return specialist Bobby Rainey. As a result, they signed offensive lineman Andrew Donnal off waivers from the Los Angeles Rams. The Ravens add some depth at right tackle. Earlier in November, the Ravens also elevated offensive lineman Maurice Shakir from the practice squad. This move added some depth at left guard. The Ravens will have to make another move to add Woodhead. They already have three running backs in Terrance West, Alex Collins, and Javorius Allen. The Ravens also brought up rookie fullback Ricky Ortiz from the practice squad and cut offensive guard Jason King.

The Baltimore Ravens season may come down to this Week 11 game against the 5-4 Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

The Ravens will have their hands full this week. They desperately need their first ever win at Lambeau Field against the Brett Hundley lead Green Bay Packers. The Packers have also dealt with devastating injuries this season. Especially one to Aaron Rodgers in Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings. Both rookie Aaron Jones (knee) and Ty Montgomery (ribs) suffered injuries last week. Neither player practiced. So if either one of them is a no go on Sunday, rookie Jamaal Williams may have to be the lead back for the Packers. Hundley suffered a hamstring injury last week. However, he practiced. So far, both Bryan Bulaga and Morgan Burnett did not practice this week. With a healthy secondary, the Ravens should limit the Packers receivers and be able to escape Green Bay with a win this Sunday.

With the lack of competitive teams in the AFC compared to the NFC, the Baltimore Ravens still have a chance for a wildcard playoff spot if they win some favorable matchups with a relatively easy schedule.

The Baltimore Ravens have favorable matchups in their schedule. They have to take advantage them if they want to have a chance for the playoffs this year. The Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Bengals are their next matchups. The Ravens should be favored in four of the six games with most of these teams out of contention. The Buffalo Bills, who are 5-4 are above the Ravens currently. Rookie QB Nate Peterman is now starting over Tyrod Taylor. The Bills have a tough schedule the rest of the year. The Raiders also have a tough schedule. With the Dolphins and Jets likely out of contention, the Ravens should end up with a better record. Overall, they should finish good enough for the last wildcard spot in the AFC.

 

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