Through two games, the Ravens can't get the ball in the hands of their tight ends and can't keep it away from the other teams' tight ends. Denver's Julius Thomas and Cleveland's Jordan Cameron have combined for 10 catches for 256 yards and two touchdowns. Dating back to last season's AFC Championship Game, the Ravens have allowed a tight end to record at least 83 yards receiving in four straight games. There has been no such success for the Ravens this year. Against the Browns, Baltimore's tight ends totaled two catches for 26 yards. Ed Dickson dropped Flacco's first pass of the game and wasn't targeted again. It marked the fourth time in Dickson's past 16 games (including playoffs) that he was held without a catch.
* FoxSports.com's Brian Billick ranks the Ravens at No. 12, down three spots from last week.
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Joe Flacco missed the birth of his second child for that?
* ESPN.com lists the Ravens at No. 11, unchanged from last week.
Joe Flacco is 2-for-13 on throws deeper than 20 yards downfield this season with twice as many off-target throws (eight) as he had in last year's entire playoff run.
* Hensley provides extended analysis on the Ravens' spot in ESPN.com's poll.
A more convincing win wouldn't have moved up the defending Super Bowl champions. The only team in the top 10 that lost was the San Francisco 49ers, and they were atop the rankings last week.
* Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk ranks the Ravens at No. 6, up one spot from last week.
So far, watching the Ravens play this year has been only slightly less painful than the childbirth quarterback Joe Flacco missed on Sunday.
* CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco lists the Ravens at No. 15, down two spots from last week.
They just don't seem to have any real playmakers on offense outside of Torrey Smith and Ray Rice. Who can emerge? Marlon Brown?
* In the Associated Press Pro32 poll, the Ravens are No. 12. They were No. 15 last week.
* Elliot Harrison of NFL.com ranks the Ravens at No. 12, up one spot from last week.
Baltimore recovers, albeit in a tough, defensive AFC North battle . There was just one turnover and eight total penalties committed by the Browns and the Ravens in Baltimore's 14-6 win -- and that might be the best way for John Harbaugh's group to compete. Ray Rice is hurting, and the Ravens lack a big-time threat at wide receiver/tight end. They couldn't keep up during the season-opening track meet in Denver. The veterans on defense need to stay healthy, while the younger guys, like Matt Elam and Josh Bynes, have to be play smart. Meanwhile, if backup running back Bernard Pierce can provide the kind of pop he did late in 2012, Baltimore should be OK.