1. This team needs to figure out why the offense can't get it going in the first half, or it will be 31-0 at intermission next week. Seriously, is someone slipping something in the team's Gatorade that takes 30 minutes to wear off? Does this team need to hire an official taste tester? Because this just doesn't make any sense. It's not like Cleveland fans were creating a hostile environment Monday night. Half the fans were staging a protest, walking out at kickoff to vent their frustration over the fact that they're probably the fourth best team in Ohio right now. (The Bengals, the Bearcats, and the Buckeyes all get the nod ahead of this travesty). So why couldn't the Ravens even move the ball early? It doesn't make any sense. Maybe it's time to do something drastic. Either walk out there and let Joe Flacco go with the no-huddle right at the start, or bring in two tight ends and go back to the philosophy from last year, running the ball down their throats. Because this wishy-washy, "maybe we're committed to the run, maybe the pass, but yeah, not really either one" thing that the Ravens have going on lately just doesn't seem to be cutting it. Flacco is great in the no-huddle. Maybe it's time to go with it. Or maybe the sheer challenge of playing an undefeated team at home will fire up the team next week, but right now it just looks like everyone is in slow motion for the first quarter.

2. You seem like a great guy, Steve Hauschka, but it's time for you to go. The NFL is a brutal, performance-based business. And your performance isn't cutting it. No one understands this better than you. You came into this game knowing you had almost no margin for error, and you still hooked your first kick from the same hash, the same way the last three misses have gone. It's too bad, because you might still be a good kicker in this league. And maybe with another year of handling kickoff duties and watching Matt Stover up close, it could have been in Baltimore. But the Ravens thought you were ready, that keeping Matt Stover wasn't quite worth the roster spot, and clearly that was a miscalculation. To deny that at this point is to deny reality. Seriously, best of luck to you. You can keep your 53 Mighty Men jacket as a parting gift, and the Ravens will even put in a nice word for wherever you end up next, whether it's another NFL team, med school, or an aspiring boy band. But it's time to go in another direction. Having Stover in town this week is just going to be almost surreal for Ravens fans, almost like seeing their ex-wife hook up with their sworn enemy, but only after realizing it was a mistake to break up with her in the first place, and that she was the best thing that ever happened to them. But instead of getting back together with her, they have to host a party, invite the ex-wife to rub her new marriage in their face, just as the second, quickie marriage totally falls apart. Sad. 3. Brady Quinn is not an NFL quarterback. And he might be kind of a punk. It's unclear what exactly Quinn was doing diving at Terrell Suggs knees after he threw an interception, because it didn't seem like he was attempting to make a tackle. It seemed like he was venting frustration at the miserable spiral his career has taken. Of course, instead of seeing a replay, which might have helped put to rest the question of whether or not Quinn's hit was dirty, the Monday Night Football producers decided to show us high school highlights of Jon Gruden's football career. It was embarrassing. Dear ESPN, I know you don't care, and it's sort of like shouting into the wind at this point, but can I just say one more time: YOU ARE NOT THE STORY. I don't care about Gruden's high school highlights anymore than I care about Ron Jaworski's affinity for sweater vests. I don't need to hear about what Gruden would do if he could consummate his gigantic man crush on Quinn. The guy can't even throw the ball in the middle of the field. His arm is a BB gun in an M-16 kind of world. I'm sure he'll go on to have a fabulous career as an Abercrombie and Fitch model, or as the pool boy of some wealthy Notre Dame cougar alum, but he is not long for this league.

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4. We still don't know anything about the secondary's issues, or if defensive coordinator Greg Mattison is going to be more aggressive with his play-calling. Cleveland was so bad, it's difficult to know whether the secondary played better or not. Two tipped balls for interceptions does not a good performance make. Still, it was nice to see Dawan Landry and Chris Carr make some kind of plays, if only because it will boost their confidence. Ed Reed and Fabian Washington made some nice hits, and Lardarius Webb showed he's physical enough that he can even get to the quarterback when asked. But what will happen against a quarterback, Peyton Manning, who is having the best season of his already amazing career? Right now, it's hard to envision Manning getting too worried about what the Ravens will do. Is Mattison going to blitz more? Be more aggressive? Who knows? The Ravens have actually pitched a shutout for the last six quarters, which is obviously a positive sign. But it sure doesn't feel like it, does it? Maybe the defense just needed a little momentum, or maybe they just faced a really, really bad team. (Trent Dilfer called the Browns the worst offense he'd ever seen during his time as a player or analyst.) I suspect we'll find out the truth next week against the Colts. Mattison and Ray Lewis were shown having a playful, but intense conversation on the sidelines at the end of the game. You have to assume Lewis wants to be more aggressive out there.

5. All the fans angry that Paul Kruger wasn't playing won't be so quick to gripe this week. Never has an inactive rookie generated this much interest from the fan base. It got to the point where some people seemed to believe there was a conspiracy to keep him off the field. So what happened when Kruger was active for just the second time this year? He looked a little lost out there. He jumped offside once, probably should have been flagged for jumping offside a second time, he got pushed around on a few runs and didn't get much pressure on passing plays. With Suggs looking like he's not going to return any time soon, Kruger is going to have to play more and perhaps that will be the best way for him to get better -- to learn on the job. But he's not quite ready to be seeing regular action against good teams, as last night's game proved. But at least the Kruger Fan Club can get some sleep this week. Sometimes, fellow Armchair Quarterbacks, the coaches really do know what they're doing.

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