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Offense is close to hitting stride.


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I'd still say this offense is inconsistent. The good news is that it appears to be getting better each week.

Especially the O line. As they go, so does the offense. Give Joe time and he'll burn any defense. Create running lanes... and the Ravens best player on offense will run all over a D.


The Baltimore Ravens have plenty of options on offense.



They have Pro Bowlers at running back, fullback and wide receiver, a solidified offensive line, one of the best rookie wide receivers in the game, a duo of young talented tight ends and a quarterback with a proven ability to win games.


It’s a winning combination, and despite the perceived struggles the offense has endured, they rank seventh in the NFL with 24.7 points per game and have more flexibility than in past seasons.


“We definitely have some more weapons,” quarterback Joe Flacco said on Wednesday.


The Ravens have won games in just about every fashion, and have a variety of personnel packages that present matchup problems for opposing defenses.


Baltimore can load up the backfield with running back Ray Rice and fullback Vonta Leach, or they can spread the field with receivers Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith and Lee Evans, and tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson.


“It really gives [Offensive Coordinator] Cam Cameron a lot of flexibility and different ways to attack the defense,” Evans said, “The more you can do the better, and what I think we have personnel-wise is just a lot of guys that can make plays.”


One of the key differences with this year’s set of skill players is the presence of pure speed. Smith has emerged as the primary deep threat, and now that Evans is back healthy, Baltimore has another player to stretch the field.


Defenses can’t leave safeties deep to cover both of them, and if they do, then that likely leaves the middle of the field open for Pitta or Dickson. Also, Rice and Leach are threats to catch the ball out of the backfield and Boldin is the team’s primary receiver with 48 catches and 747 yards this season.



The talent is there.

It's December and time to fine tune it and break out.



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Wait til Lee Evans gets to run with Boldin & Torrey..Last week, Evans would come in and Torrey would go out, wait til they have all three on the field at the same time...


Each week Joes numbers have improved, after his performance against the Stealers, his completion rate nose dived, its taken him this long to get it back to respectability, There is still 5 games left, I bet he finishes at his career average.

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Crav and Max,


It may be a bit premature but in some ways this year's offense and the assertions that it is "starting to hit its stride" reminds me a bit of the SB run in 2000. While that Offense was putrid for the first 1/2 of the season, it really took off in the stretch run.


A healthy, cohesive, and consistent O Line is absolutely critical in this stretch run. If we can truly pound the ball, esp on Sunday, it will give the Joe and the O lots of confidence in the passing game and could lead to a high level perfomance on Sunday and in the weeks ahead.


Its time for this team to have a statement game. Now !





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