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Bears fans have to be sick about the Cutler deal. They gave up 2 1st round picks for him. He played Santa Claus yesterday.

Cutler completed 10 of 27 passes for 94 yards. He was sacked twice and his passer rating was 7.9.

It takes a lot of work to get a passer rating that low. His receivers do stink but he had a running game in the 1st half to work off of.

 

Flacco on the other hand was precise in setting the dagger. Great day for Joe: 21/29 for 234 yards and 4TD's with 0 INT's and a 135.6 passer rating. At the stadium you could see what Joe can do with receivers who get open and catch the ball. The Bears had nobody who could cover Heap...

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Mason was breaking free and the addition of Demetrius Williams gave Joe a dimension we've seen little of this year...the deep ball. All 3 receivers had a great day with Williams and Mason turning in 2 atheletic and acrobatic TD catches.

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I thought they left Flaccon play a series too long. There was no need for him to be on the field in the 4th quarter and he got sacked and it looked like his hip was banged again.

 

The running game wasn't much in the 2nd half. Neither was Troy Smith who threw an INT. It was like both teams wanted to just get it over with in the 4th quarter.

 

Great day for the defense...4 INT's, they had pressure on Cutler and Ellerbe, Barnes and McLain played well. If there's any criticism it's that they let a crapper Bears running game run on them.

 

I leave this with 2 questions.

Can Frank Walker turn in a final season stretch run like he did last year? He got an interception yesterday and immediately followed that up with a brainless toss of the ball 30 yards downfield to get a delay of game penalty.

 

Can the Ravens make the playoffs at 9-7? Looks like that to me with the loss of Webb.

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Good stuff max, but I am not ready to throw in the towell against Pittsburgh just yet! We NEED Ed Reed next week with the loss of Webb, and you can bet Ed will make every effort he can to play in this game. The other key is Demetrius Williams. Those back-to-back receptions in the third quarter were huge. The guy attacks the ball in the air and his TD catch was very Fitzgerald-esque, Joe threw it into double coverage and Demetrius bailed him out. It seems like every elite QB has that type of receiver, has ours been on the bench this whole season? Even more important are Williams has softs hands and actually uses them instead of body catching like Mason, Clayton, Washington, and Harper do. Williams knows how to use his body to box the defender out and then use his hands to make the catch near the sideline. He has the potential to be a complete receiver. We just need to give him the playing time and let him do his work on the sideline.

 

We are banged up right now, but far from out of it. This team has already overcoe so much this season and will put it all out on the field on Sunday, you can believe that!

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Good stuff max, but I am not ready to throw in the towell against Pittsburgh just yet! We NEED Ed Reed next week with the loss of Webb, and you can bet Ed will make every effort he can to play in this game. The other key is Demetrius Williams. Those back-to-back receptions in the third quarter were huge. The guy attacks the ball in the air and his TD catch was very Fitzgerald-esque, Joe threw it into double coverage and Demetrius bailed him out. It seems like every elite QB has that type of receiver, has ours been on the bench this whole season? Even more important are Williams has softs hands and actually uses them instead of body catching like Mason, Clayton, Washington, and Harper do. Williams knows how to use his body to box the defender out and then use his hands to make the catch near the sideline. He has the potential to be a complete receiver. We just need to give him the playing time and let him do his work on the sideline.

 

We are banged up right now, but far from out of it. This team has already overcoe so much this season and will put it all out on the field on Sunday, you can believe that!

 

 

Not ready to concede to Pittsburgh yet but.......... We better hope Rice, Flacco and company have huge games. They need to have huge a game, control (or attempt to) the clock, and keep Jen off the field.

 

I really believe our best chance of making playoffs is that we win our last game (which wil be a very, very tough game against a dangerous Raider team) and hope the teams in the 7-7 scrum lose one more.

 

If we get in, it'll be by the skin of our teeth, eh ?

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Clayton likes the Ravens chances to make the playoffs...at 9-7!

 

Ravens sitting pretty: On a Sunday of close calls, weather-related horror stories and big plays, the Ravens were the big winners. They had the easiest victory of the day, winning 31-7 over a Chicago Bears team that appeared outmatched and unmotivated. The Ravens (8-6) are now in prime position to earn a wild-card berth. The Dolphins and Jets lost, leaving six 7-7 AFC hopefuls in pursuit of Baltimore and Denver (8-6). The Ravens still have a tough game against the Steelers next Sunday, but a season-ending trip to Oakland offers them the reasonably sure chance of getting to 9-7.

 

You can't say the same for the 7-7 teams. The Colts appear to be leaning toward keeping their starters on the field next Sunday and trying to stay unbeaten, which is bad news for a Jets team that could be eliminated with another loss. The Jets close out the season against Cincinnati, another tough matchup. The Dolphins have tough remaining home games against the Texans and Steelers, which are basically elimination games. Even though the Titans are one of the most dangerous teams in the league, with Vince Young 7-1 as a starter, they have seven conference losses and lose about every tiebreaker in the wild-card race. Tennessee finishes the season against San Diego and at Seattle.

 

The Steelers, Jaguars and Texans are also 7-7. After playing host to Baltimore, the Steelers play at Miami in Week 17. Houston travels to Miami in Week 16 before closing out the season against New England. Jacksonville has road games at New England and Cleveland. Even though some 7-7 teams have easier schedules than others, all six have to hope the Ravens or Broncos -- who finish with Philadelphia and Kansas City -- trip up.

 

As for Baltimore, it got a big boost from QB Joe Flacco, who threw four touchdown passes. People might have forgotten that Flacco and the Ravens won two playoff games last year after an 11-5 season. Look out.

http://espn.go.com/nfl/notebook/_/page/lastcall0920/john-clayton-last-call

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