The Baltimore Sun
12:38 PM EDT, October 2, 2013
A collection of what other media outlets are saying as the Ravens prepare for Sunday's game on the road against the Miami Dolphins.
* NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal raves about the Ravens' acquisition of left tackle Eugene Monroe.
The city of Baltimore was hoping general manager Ozzie Newsome could work his magic and make a trade for a wide receiver who would save the sagging Ravens offense. He did much better.
* CBS Sports' Pete Prisco believes a change of scenery will help Monroe.
During the summer, I made Eugene Monroe the left tackle on my All-Prisco team, but he hasn't played up to that level so far this season. Maybe a new team will change that.
*ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley thinks the Ravens' move represents an upgrade at the position.
Monroe is one of the most underrated left tackles in the NFL, although he hasn't played up to his standards this season. When you play for the lowly Jaguars, it's tough to get recognized. Just ask linebacker Daryl Smith.
Monroe's a quality pass protector and a solid run blocker. While he's not Joe Thomas, the real key here is he's significantly better than Bryant McKinnie, the Ravens' current left tackle.
* Peter King of SI.com's Monday Morning Quarterback picks Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco as his "Goat of the Week" for his performance in the loss to the Bills.
He threw five interceptions at Buffalo, leading to 13 Buffalo points, and the Ravens lost by three. Not good.
* On SportingNews.com, Mike Wilkening cautions against giving up on the Ravens.
The Ravens merit a mulligan for their 23-20 loss at Buffalo on Sunday. Look at it this way: they lost by just three points in a game where Joe Flacco threw five interceptions. The Ravens’ offense isn’t as potent as it was at the end of last season, but it’s better than it was on Sunday. The running game -- a nonfactor in Buffalo -- will perk up. And Flacco’s better than that. Finally, the Ravens’ defense allowed just 4.4 yards per play at Buffalo -- a very good mark. The Ravens will be fine.
* Hensley believes Ravens running back Ray Rice is wrong -- the team should push the panic button on its running game.
There was nothing wrong about the Ravens not being overly concerned when they could not run the ball against Denver, Cleveland and Houston. But the Ravens cannot say "it's going to get better" after failing to run the ball against the Bills.
NFL power rankings
* Pat Kirwin of CBS Sports ranks the Ravens at No. 21 this week.
Joe Flacco can't throw five interceptions and take four sacks. The Ravens can't run for 2.7 yards a carry against the 30th-ranked run defense in Buffalo and expect this team to stay in the top 12.
* After last week's loss, NFL.com's Elliot Harrison drops the Ravens to No. 15 this week.
"Reports are slowly trickling in that the Ravens are considering running the ball once every 10 minutes, a stunning departure from Baltimore's winning formula of 'Pass, pass, pass, pass, sack, interception, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass, sack, run, pass.' We'll try to get more information from one of our NFL Insiders, next on 'NFL Total Access.' "
* The Ravens dropped eight spots in the Associated Press Pro32 poll, ranking No. 16 this week.
* Prisco lists the Ravens at No. 14 this week, down three spots from last week.
They've looked liked anything but a Super Bowl champion. They can't run it at all. Going to Miami to face the Dolphins won't be easy.
* On FoxSports.com, former Ravens coach Brian Billick ranks the team at No. 15 this week.
Joe Flacco's five interceptions came against a Bills secondary without its two starting corners and their best safety. All the while, the Ravens attempted just nine rushes in the entire game. Nine!
* ESPN.com drops the Ravens to No. 14, down three spots from last week.
Joe Flacco dropped back to pass on a career-high 85.8 percent of snaps and threw as many interceptions (five) as Ray Rice had rushes Sunday. Maybe they should run more?
* Hensley of ESPN.com explains the voting process.
The biggest surprise for me was seeing the Tennessee Titans ranked ahead of the Ravens. The Titans have a better record at 3-1, but they lost to the Texans, a team that the Ravens routed. As one of six voters on the Power Rankings, I had the Ravens at No. 10, but the others don't see it that way. The Ravens are the eighth-ranked team in the AFC in the Power Rankings.
* The Ravens drop from No. 3 to No. 10 in ProFootballTalk's rankings this week.
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