There are plenty of unanswered questions facing the Ravens

Flacco had no hard feelings about being booed or the empty stadium.

"I think this crowd is incredible ever since I've been here," Flacco said. "I assume before I got here. So yeah, you want to go out there and give your best performance to these guys every week,homeor away. And then when you come out and get beat like this, it's tough on you because you want to give them that performance, and obviously it's tough on those guys.

"They want to see us win. They're entitled to do it the way they see, and we're going to do our best from here on out to make sure that we can come give you guys a good show and put wins on the board."

Too soon for change

Few could seriously expect much change in the offense with new coordinator Jim Caldwell only having three days to work with the unit.

After the game, though, reporters bombed the Ravens about the play calling and adjustments.

"The plays were the same," Rice said. "The playbook was the same. Same play calls, we just didn't execute."

Not getting easier for offensive line

If the Ravens offensive line thought it had a tough time handling the Broncos, it won't get any easier Sunday. The New York Giants will play here, and the defensive line will be a little angry after New York lost to Atlanta, 34-0.

The Ravens struggling offensive line has to go against ends Jason Pierre-Paul, Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck and tackles Chris Canty and Linval Joseph. The Ravens allowed three sacks and Flacco was hurried nine times by Denver.

 

With Ravens safety Ed Reed, always expect the unexpected.

So when Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno hurdled Reed last game, the second time a player had done so this season, his reaction was a little shaky.

"I was not expecting him to jump, honestly," Reed said. "I couldn't react because I was just dealing with a lot of sickness early in the game. I just wasn't all the way into it, honestly. I was dealing with flu symptoms and everything. I just kind of watched him jump over me. I wasn't expecting that at all. I thought he was ready to put his head down. I saw him gathering himself, so I was like, 'There's no way he's going to jump.' "

He did.

Points matter

When Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta scored his second touchdown with 4:08 left in the game to pull the Ravens within 34-16, the Ravens went for one point instead of two, which if converted, might have made it a two-possession game.

When asked if there was a thought about going for two points, Harbaugh said, "no."

My old recreation coaches use to tell me to get my head into the game when I had answers like that.

But then again, it appeared that the Ravens and Broncos had a gentlemen's agreement about not playing hard late in the game once the outcome had been decided.

mike.preston@baltsun.com

 
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