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Ravens News 11/8: Injury updates, OL rankings and more

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NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Ravens’ Bye Week Health Report - Ryan Mink

LT Ronnie Stanley

Injury: Ankle

Estimated return: After bye

Quote: “I think it’s huge to be able to get this time and really get all the treatment that I need. I think that’s going to be really big. … We’ll see [about the Bengals]. I’m going to do everything I can to be ready for that game. That’s going to be up to Coach.”

LB C.J. Mosley

Injury: Thigh

Estimated return: After bye

Quote: “During the season, you’re never 100 percent, but going into the bye, I feel like as far as body-wise, I feel pretty good. I haven’t had any shoulder issues. A few lower-body things, but nothing that a little maintenance won’t help, and, definitely, this off-time, this bye week, came at a great time.”

CB Maurice Canady

Injury: Thigh

Estimated return: After bye

Quote: “That’s my expectation [is to come back after the bye]. I’ve been working hard these weeks that I’ve been off. I’ve been getting ready to get back in the swing of things. I’m looking forward to it.”

Maurice Canady could earn some of Anthony Levine’s dime package reps upon his return.

2018 NFL Offensive Line Rankings: All 32 teams’ units after Week 9 - Michael Renner


Orlando Brown Jr. was the talk of the combine last February, and not in a good way. His athletic testing was abysmal – even for a 345-pound man. Thought by some to be a first-round talent, he fell to the third but is looking more and more like a steal with each passing game. He’s started that past three games for the Ravens and most recently didn’t allow a single pressure on 45 pass-blocking snaps against the Steelers. His 73.9 pass-blocking grade for the season is fantastic for a rookie.

Elsewhere in the division, the Steelers are PFF’s top rated line, the Browns are ranked 7th and the Bengals are ranked as the 23th best group.

With jobs on line, Ravens seeking second-half finishing touch - Jamison Hensley

MVP: Flacco. The former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player remains the biggest barometer of success for the Ravens. In four wins, Flacco has seven touchdowns and one interception (101.0 rating). In five losses, he has thrown five touchdowns and five interceptions (76.1 rating). It sets up for a strong finish for Flacco. All eight remaining opponents rank in the bottom half of the NFL in pass defense, including five of the bottom six (Cleveland, Kansas City, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Cincinnati).

What has to happen for the Ravens to make the playoffs? The Ravens need to get healthy (especially along the offensive line), break out of their offensive funk and create more turnovers on defense to end a three-game losing streak at the bye and turn their season AROUND. Baltimore is currently 1.5 games back of the Cincinnati Bengals for the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC. If the Ravens can reach the postseason, they would end a three-year playoff drought. If they don’t, the 11-year run for coach John Harbaugh and Flacco likely will come to an end. The pressure has never been greater for the best quarterback-coach tandem in franchise history.

One analytical model believes the Ravens should be favored by four over the Bengals and projects the home team to have a 64-percent chance of winning this pivotal game.