"They're going to get that done," Billick said. "They've already made that decision. It's just a
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"They're transitioning from being a defensive dominated team to an offensive dominated team. That puts the responsibility squarely on Joe Flacco. He's capable. He's played brilliantly in New England in the AFC championship game. He's got the ability to do it again."
NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly, a former Redskins and Houston Texans general manager, said it's not an easy decision for the Ravens, but it will come down to yearly average salary for Flacco.
"I think it's a tough call on exactly how to handle the contract situation," he said. "It's not whether you keep him. You definitely keep him. If you had asked me early in the season, I would say they're in that $15 million per year market. Now, I think it will wind up where Matt Schaub is or where Tony Romo will wind up, in that range."
Flacco has struggled at times with his accuracy on deep balls and seems to be pressing. He threw an interception that was returned 98 yards for a touchdown, amounting to a 14-point swing against the Denver Broncos last week. He also lost a fumble that led to a field goal.
"Yeah, that's a tough situation," Casserly said. "I think last week their plan was to run Ray Rice a lot.
Flacco seemed to be off his game. The offensive line got outplayed upfront by a pretty good defensive line. A lot of things didn't go right. I thought Joe got better as the game went on. He got into a rhythm, but he had a couple of bad plays in the first half with the interception. He threw the ball late and it was a bad route by Anquan Boldin.
"I think Joe has played well early, but lately he's had a couple of tough outings. Overall, it's more positive than negative with Joe. He played a heck of a game at San Diego. Against Pittsburgh, though, he was kind of average."
Why haven't the Ravens involved Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice more?
"It has to do with the rhythm of the game," Billick said. "There are so many repetitive three-and-outs. When that happens, you can't get anything going. You know they want him to get the football. They're committed to it. I'm not as big on whether he runs or catches it, as long as he gets his touches."
Added Casserly: "I didn't think Ray played particularly well against Denver. He had some drops. He's not the best pass protector. He makes his money out of the backfield making plays. They've got to develop the play-action game with him. That might help everybody out there. They're trying to find out exactly who they are offensively. Is it pound it with Ray Rice and take shots deep? You want to get him involved, but what's the best way to do that?"
Meanwhile, Boselli said the Ravens need to keep Michael Oher at either left offensive tackle or shift him to the right side.
"I think Michael would be best if they leave him at one spot where he could get comfortable there," Boselli said. "You move guys all around the place and it's hard to work on technique and footwork. Michael is a guy with a lot of talent who needs a lot of reps at one position."
Defensively, Bowen thinks the Ravens need to stay within themselves as they mix and match personnel.
"Robert Griffin III, everybody is scared of that guy," Bowen said. "Defensive backs play a little scared against him and they want to make a play and they try to do too much. I think that's what happened against the Redskins in that loss."
Bowen praised defensive coordinator Dean Pees for holding together an injury-riddled defense.
"Think about the loss of Ray Lewis, a guy like Ray runs the defense," Bowen said. "You know that guy will make a play. You can watch as much tape as possible, but it's tough to get everything lined up as a new defensive coordinator without Ray Lewis."
What kind of tenor will this game take on with Baltimore trying to win the AFC North title for the second consecutive year and the Giants fighting for their lives?
"I think it will have a playoff feel," Boselli said. "The Giants can't afford to lose. And the Ravens are a team that's got to get off a losing streak and change this direction. Both teams should be very focused and very energized."