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#1 Dec. 7, 2018 04:38:50

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The Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati

Bengals have quietly been two of the more well matched teams over the last several years. They split the divisional series last year when the Ravens handled the Bengals on the road in Week 1 Womens C.J. Mosley Jersey , only to have their hearts ripped out in the final week of the regular season in what should’ve been a playoff clinching victory.Instead, the Bengals won at the gun on an improbable 4th and 12 touchdown strike from Andy Dalton to Tyler Boyd that put the Buffalo Bills in the playoffs and sent Baltimore packing. On Sunday, the Ravens carved out a small slice of revenge for that debacle by throttling Buffalo into oblivion with a 47-3 win, but face a true test in their quest to fully make things right when they head to Cincy for Thursday Night Football.As good as Baltimore looked in their Week 1 opener, the qualifier is that they were at home against the Bills, who figure to be in the mix for the number one pick in the draft come April. That seems especially true given their limited ceiling with incumbent starter Nathan Peterman, who tossed two interceptions and was sacked five times en route to being relieved by rookie Josh Allen in the third quarter.As much as he is criticized on a national scale, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is better than Peterman by a wide margin, and Cincinnati is a different animal than Buffalo this season. This looks to be especially true after a big time road win in their Week 1 outing versus Indianapolis.While their defense had a bit of a tough time containing Andrew Luck in his long awaited return effort, the offense was up to the task in keeping up with Indy’s output. Dalton was efficient, throwing for 243 yards and a pair of scores to receivers A.J. Green and John Ross, and was also able to spread it around a bit to other skill players like Joe Mixon.The second year running back appears poised for a breakout campaign, running for almost 100 yards and a touchdown and racking up 54 receiving yards. In short, after taking care of business against a team they should have in Week 1, the Ravens face a true litmus test in a quick turnaround game on Thursday.The defense will have a much more difficult time against Green, Mixon Womens Brent Urban Jersey , and a potentially revitalized Ross than they did with Kelvin Benjamin, LeSean McCoy, and not much else. While Cincy’s defense allowed the Colts to move the ball, they came up with big plays when necessary, and it’ll be interesting to see if Baltimore’s offense can both move the chains and avoid turnovers.While they did a nice job against the Bills, a more consistent running game would’ve been good to see, and the passing attack will probably be facing longer fields than the several short ones they were given thanks to the defense and special teams. If they can consistently move the ball, Ravens fans will have every right to be confident in the team’s ability to score points at a high enough clip to win double digit games this year.The win over Buffalo was a great first step, but if Baltimore is truly for real, they’ll have to prove it with a consistent performance against the Bengals this week. If they put one forth, and hopefully steal a win, they’ll certainly enter the national conversation as a true contender in 2018.Do the Ravens have a Michael Crabtree problem? The Ravens offense is off to a humming start this season, specifically in the passing game. Joe Flacco is on pace for a career-high in both yards and touchdowns. So too is wide receiver John Brown, who has proven to be an elite deep threat. Baltimore currently ranks 10th in the NFL in total yards and 8th in passing yards. The Ravens are scoring 30.8 points per game, the 5th highest total In the league. While this success is great, it has helped mask a concerning issue. Michael Crabtree Youth Maxx Williams Jersey , the team’s presumed number one receiver, has failed to meet expectations thus far in the season. Crabtree is currently tied for the league-lead in dropped passes with five on the season.In the season opener against Buffalo, Crabtree had two drops in the first quarter alone. His slow start was largely forgotten, however, after he caught an impressive touchdown pass and finished with three catches for 38 yards.Crabtree dropped another pass against the Bengals in Week 2. His performance against Denver was by far his best game of the season, as he caught seven passes for 61 yards. Instead of building upon it, however, he took a step backwards. During last week’s matchup against the Steelers, Crabtree finished with just three catches for 29 yards, including two more ugly drops. As has been the case with almost all of his drops this season, Crabtree was open and the ball hit him right in the hands. Given his physical attributes and reputation as a possession receiver, one would think this is merely a fluke start. Unfortunately, this trend is nothing new. Dropped passes have been an issue for Crabtree over the past several seasons. In 2016, Crabtree led the NFL in drops with 13. No receiver in the league has more drops than Crabtree over the past four seasons, which is frustrating given his ability to make contested catches and score touchdowns. The Ravens need the Michael Crabtree we saw in Week 1, who made this difficult grab in the back of the endzone look easy. Despite leading the team in targets this season Youth Maurice Canady Jersey , Crabtree has been overshadowed by John Brown’s stellar performance. Willie Snead IV, another newcomer at the position, also has more receiving yards on the same number of receptions. Crabtree, who caught 25 touchdowns in his three seasons with the Raiders, has just one this season. At the quarter mark, he’s averaging just 46.0 yards per game and is on pace to drop 20 passes this season. When the Ravens signed Crabtree to a three-year, $21 million dollar contract this offseason, he was expected to slot in as Flacco’s go-to target. Many, including myself, believed Crabtree could have a similar impact in Baltimore to that of Anquan Boldin. Through four games, this has not been the case. His inability to consistently catch the football is becoming a glaring issue and could be costly late in the season. As long as the offense continues to succeed, Crabtree’s production won’t make many headlines. However, the Ravens need more out of their marquee offseason acquisition.

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