To the Ravens news....
We thought the victory against the Raiders was a sign of things to come for the Ravens. We thought that they perhaps were on the upward swing, but on the road the Chicago Bears exposed the offensive line's true colors. It wasn't pretty.
Now, the Ravens travel to Minnesota to face one of the league's top defenses and a familiar foe in Mike Zimmer. It will get ugly.
Moore might not necessarily be the better player at this point, but he was able to produce when Perriman has been absent all season. It begs the question of why the coaches waited for Perriman to get hurt before giving Moore some playing time. Perriman has shown no signs of growth from last season and has been a total non-factor in the offense. His play alone is reason enough to send him to the bench.
"I have to evaluate people on their ability to do their job over a long period of time, and that doesn't satisfy short-term thinkers," Bisciotti said. "That frustrates me to no end, but I understand it. I'm not telling you or anybody else how to be a fan; I'm just not going to let you influence how I'm going to be an owner."
Since winning the Super Bowl in 2012, the Ravens have gone 34-36 (.486) and missed the playoffs in three of the past four seasons. Bisciotti, though, said that shouldn't discount the fact that Harbaugh led Baltimore to the postseason in his first five years.
Harbaugh predictably didn’t dwell much on the team’s health situation at wide receiver. The Ravens already have 15 guys on injured reserve – and another player could be headed there Saturday to make room for an offensive lineman – so the weekly injury issues are nothing new anyway.
However, any further challenges to a passing game that has repeatedly faltered and self-destructed amid mistakes and poor execution are obviously unwelcome. As it is, the Ravens rank 31st in the league in passing yards per game with an average of 159.7.
Flacco is second in the NFL with eight interceptions but his two picks last week came on throws that bounced off the hands of Perriman and Moore. The 10-year quarterback said Wednesday he would not hesitate to go right back to his young receivers. He might not have a choice.
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