Doesn't that sound like Cam Cameron?
Nearly a month ago, the Ravens used the same excuse and they threw 62 times against Denver. At least in that game, the Broncos were on the verge of blowing the Ravens out after the third quarter.
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But that wasn't the case Sunday. These were the Bills. The Ravens were within 20-14 with 7 minutes, 17 seconds left in the third quarter. They got away from the run because passing is the norm in the NFL. Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell wants to throw. Flacco sometimes actually thinks he is Manning.
And he is, but more like Eli than Peyton. There was no excuse for the Ravens to throw the ball 30 straight times in the second half, or run it just twice. In a game when Flacco was having a bad day, Caldwell gave him the license to make it worse.
You could do that in Indianapolis, but not in Baltimore. Flacco can't carry an offense by himself, not with this group of receivers or offensive line. You have to always stay somewhat balanced to keep other teams guessing because the Ravens aren't dominant in any offensive area yet.
Maybe this was a lesson learned.
"I've said it all along, we're going to get everybody's best every week," Rice said. "So we've got to go out there and come ready to play, every week. We can't start slow and we've got to execute. Everybody's got the Ravens marked on their calendar."
And it starts with a strong running game.