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Ravens hardly look like an elite team

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A very nice take on this 5-1 team, were talking about the say Browns if they were 5-1, I am sure most of you would agree as well. Now, since this is not the Browns, I am sure they not only can, but will "fix" what is clearly broke. They better because the next 5 games are deadly.

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It’s true that in the NFL, a win’s a win. None of them are easy, no matter what the box score suggests. But Baltimore — a team that, at 14-2, boasted the best record in the NFL last season and aims to make a deep postseason run this season — should have handily dispatched the likes of Cleveland, Washington, Houston, Cincinnati and Philadelphia, who own a combined 8-20-2 record

USA TODAY: Opinion: After close call against Eagles, Ravens hardly look like an elite team.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/columnist/mike-jones/2020/10/18/baltimore-ravens-lamar-jackson-philadelphia-eagles/3706461001/

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Well...Vegas thinks differently.....

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Super Bowl 55 Odds

Contenders - Odds Comparison

We've reached Week 5 of the NFL season and the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens remain the top favorites to win Super Bowl 55.

Rounding out the "Top Four" contenders for the 2020-21 NFL season are the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers, both in the NFC.

Bettors can compare their future prices below at four of the most popular legal online sportsbooks in the United States.

They see something that we don't.

Super Bowl 55 Odds 
Team Current Odds Season-Opening Odds
Kansas City Chiefs +400 +650
Baltimore Ravens +500 +650
Seattle Seahawks +650 +1600
Green Bay Packers +800 +2200
New Orleans Saints +1100 +1000
Pittsburgh Steelers +1200 +2500
Buffalo Bills +1600 +2500
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +1600 +1200
Tennessee Titans +1600 +3300
Los Angeles Rams +1800 +6000
Indianapolis Colts +2500 +2000
New England Patriots +2500

+2500.......https://www.oddsshark.com/nfl/super-bowl/futures

 

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10 hours ago, papasmurfbell said:

Most of those teams have zero real chance.  Ten should be much higher.  If the ravens keep playing lacks football they will get caught in the playoffs like they have the last 2 yrs.

 

Really...you are not trying hard enough to shit on this team. You can do a better job.

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4 hours ago, papasmurfbell said:

Your the one who just wants them standing around in a circle jerk.

Just like Trump you're misquoting me. I said, "After they win the Super Bowl then they can....."

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Time to coalesce into an elite team, good team depth, player abilities, minimize injuries, beneficial calls and the bounce of the ball continue to keep the Ravens in this discussion as well as the betting world.

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I would take what we see on an early Monday evening game with the same salt we do with these stupid Thursday games......

Same as we should do with the first 4-5 games of this year. With no camp, no preseason and missing practices & fears of covid, as actual preseason even though they count. This bye week could not have come at a better time as said above.

Now, can they get things going? Sure, they say that they feel they are close, but words are just words until we put them into action.

I do believe the team has used these 4,5 games as preseason as it were, working on just enough in game to win, I think this true for every team this year; what other choice did they have?

However, as Papa said, history speaks volumes. One of the issues this team has had is penalties/discipline. That has been true for years, what, we expect Harbs to get that corrected now, especially the offensive penalties.

The other major discipline issue was on defense, being out of position, not paying close attention, trying to do their own thing.  That too has been an issue for the past few years, we thought it was "fixed" with Jefferson and Thomas jettisoned, maybe they have been and the defense allowing those ridiculous completions in the 2nd half was just being tired or simply looking ahead to the time off/ Pitt in two weeks.. Time will tell.

By the end of November we will know all that we need to know about this team, will they be 9-1 5-5 or somewhere in between....

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I think when people look for negatives, they often find them.  If one wants to harp on shortcomings, whether big or anything short of perfection - that does not mean that person is more objective or knowledgeable than others. It just means they are more negative.  

I feel sports radio and or message boards has given a huge rise to the amount of people that think being contrarians makes them look like something more. 

But again, it's sports. Keep predicting bad things and they will eventually probably happens. It's not as impressive as you think.  

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Turn this around and the offense will be fine....

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This was the penalty breakdown: three false starts, three holding, an illegal man downfield, an illegal formation and an illegal block. It got so bad Sunday that Baltimore faced a first-and-35 in the second quarter after being flagged on three straight plays.................https://www.espn.com/blog/baltimore-ravens/post/_/id/53443/how-lamar-jackson-and-the-ravens-offense-became-their-own-worst-enemy

 

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Really curious to see if Stanley gets extended after this season.  Take a flier on a LT in the draft.  Stanley is going to get money he is not worth.

Bigger question is how we cannot draft WRs to save our lives...

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3 hours ago, GrubberRaven said:

Really curious to see if Stanley gets extended after this season.  Take a flier on a LT in the draft.  Stanley is going to get money he is not worth.

Bigger question is how we cannot draft WRs to save our lives...

It has amazed since they came here with Jackson & Alexander, since they had to let them walk they haven't been able to draft one. I do think they have some talent good enough, it's just they are not using the routes properly.

 

Ive also noticed on the all 22, that Lamar has not thrown on time to a receiver about to break open or who should get open on his route based on the defense. Instead, Lamar chose to throw elsewhere for no gain because of coverage. Now, the key is, who was the primary?

Every qb does this, from time to time, but Lamar does it quite often. Again, we do not know the progression of the routes and Lamar is still young.

We see receivers from other teame step in off the street and run routes properly, get open often, easily, make the catch. Yet who does that for the Ravens? How often do we see 3 receivers within five yards of each other? Why is it this offense can't run a freaking screen? Even a wide receiver screen other teams get 8 or more yards on, this team loses yards. No slants, which should work perfectly with this run threat, no come back routes on the outside with all of the speed we now have at wideout.

Are they hiding these plays for the playoffs?

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I don't understand either. But I do think there is talent with Duvernay and Proce on this team that needs game time looking at. I'd forget about Boykin...he's had more than enough time to succeed. Put Duvernay in there. Put Proce in there. Together. At the same time.

At least Brown is getting open but what happened to our downfield passing game? Is it over with for the year? Why?

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13 hours ago, GrubberRaven said:

Really curious to see if Stanley gets extended after this season.  Take a flier on a LT in the draft.  Stanley is going to get money he is not worth.

Bigger question is how we cannot draft WRs to save our lives...

 

6 hours ago, oldno82 said:

I don't understand either. But I do think there is talent with Duvernay and Proce on this team that needs game time looking at. I'd forget about Boykin...he's had more than enough time to succeed. Put Duvernay in there. Put Proce in there. Together. At the same time.

At least Brown is getting open but what happened to our downfield passing game? Is it over with for the year? Why?

Unless someone develops quickly I think this is one of the worst groups of WRs in the league. Brown gives me hope, a few times he has been coming back to help Lamar when he's been in trouble. That's good to see.  I'm not sold on him as a #1 though.

Might not be all Boykin's fault but he and Lamar are not on the same page. Figure it out quickly or give his reps to someone else. 

We still have time to develop a decent passing game using the WRs instead of just the TEs. Hopefully we do. If not Lamar is going to get killed and the playoffs, assuming we make it, will be tough. 

Oh well at least its not like our WR cast-offs make much noise anywhere else. 

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Its undoubtedly talent and coaching.  We miss year after year, decade after decade.  We just haven't figured it out. 

Other than the two Qs (Qadry and Anquan), what true No 1 have we ever had.  Crazy !       

Maybe we should pirate away one of the Steelers' scouts/coaches (LOL)  It cant be any worse, right ?    

 

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