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[News] Eisenberg: Sunday A Crossroads Moment For Ravens

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If Baltimore is to prevent a sudden downturn in the season, it needs a comeback game.

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This game had to be one of the worst we've seen in recent memories.

We lost to a 3rd string QB. Flacco got outperformed by granpa Batch @ our turf (188 yards, 45% passing completion, 1TD, 1 Fumble, 1 INT).

Steelers had no Big Ben, No Ike Taylor and were basically subjected to 3rd string CBs.

We've still yet to see our Ravens team really wake up from last year's slumber. Maybe this is a catalyst for us to WAKE UP and start performing as unit in all phases of the team (OFFENSE, defense, ST, coaches).

Its really NOW or NEVER for us. We have @Redskins(who is fighting for playoff spot), Giants(who is fighting for playoff spot), Broncos(who is fighting us for #2 seed bye), and @Bengals(who is fighting for playoff spot).

We have an opportunity to put ourselves in a superbowl trip. Lets NOT LOSE THIS CHANCE!!!!!!!!
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@Ravenseconbeast,don't get your hopes up. This has been happening on offense now for for at least 3 years. 2010 was the year of the 3 and out for us. Last year it was just covered up more due to the fact the defense could get people off the field on a more consistent basis without use allowing them to get to the red zone.
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We need to play Baltimore Raven football. On offense, defense, and special teams. We have one of the most talented rosters in the league, we should not lose to lesser opponents, period. I'm hoping that gift we gave to Pittsburgh the other night serves as a wake up call to our coaches and players.
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We were a much better team last season. That door was slammed shut with Lee Evans. This season the hated Pittsburgh Steelers just let us know how good we really are. We escaped some close games with wins but I think the writing was on the wall all season. I just didn't want to accept it but I think I finally have. My expectations for a Superbowl are not realistic at this point, not that it should matter to anyone else, but I get a feeling I am not alone.
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Dark Cloud- that is exactly how i'd describe it too. Losing to someone like roethlisberger or Peyton Manning (if it comes to that) is tolerable insofar as they are who they are. But to lose like this at home to Batch jus makes me sick and you cant help but question whether this team has any potential to go past the wild card round. Our offense underperforms so consisently you can set a watch by it
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Read Steelers injury report. Ike Taylor out with broken ankle. Wallace knee issue sanders sprained shoulder. ..the steelers played their super bowl against us..they r so banged up the chargers can beat them. Floyd will have a good game. Skins lost a starting cb due to violating ped policy. Ravens got this!
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Was just thinking back when someone said Peyton and Eli coming, time to shut up all the critics and be elite, referring to Joe. Then I think Charlie Batch.
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[quote name='Twistidfunk' timestamp='1354657953' post='1246774']
We were a much better team last season. That door was slammed shut with Lee Evans. This season the hated Pittsburgh Steelers just let us know how good we really are. We escaped some close games with wins but I think the writing was on the wall all season. I just didn't want to accept it but I think I finally have. My expectations for a Superbowl are not realistic at this point, not that it should matter to anyone else, but I get a feeling I am not alone.
[/quote] I completely understand how you feel on this one. I still have a glimmer of hope because the Giants have shown the NFL that once a team makes the playoffs that anything can happen. I dont think that we can make it there by pure football, not the way we've been looking. But mabye with a little luck and inspiration this team does in fact have a chance.
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ok our games left-Wash-rookie qb's have not had the best of luck against us but they have a great running game and ok defense but they have a bad coach-Denver-Peyton Manning OWNS US....-Giants-Think little bro gets some tips(not that he need them)on owning us?.....-Cincy-they are much improved and its a ROAD game.......I think the decision to keep flacco is going to come down to these games so if he still wants to qb(Delaware wouldn't even take this guy back)in the nfl he better figure something out REAL quick like.......
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What's the recipe? "It's pretty simple, really. They need to bounce back..." Nah [profanity deleted]. That's not a recipe, though! We know what needs to be done, the HOW is the recipe we're looking for...tired of the propaganda crap!Get it with! We're broken right now. We need some kind of life. Cameron is like a cancer, and Joe is looking bi-polar! We need help. Admit it.
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"Mental toughness" is not something I give Joe. Sure, he has good qualities, but that's not one...sorry.
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Ozzie has his work cut out for him next year. Do you overpay Flacco or do a stupid dumb thing like really overpay him with the franchise tag. Do we resign Ed Reed? What do we do with Ellerbe in a contract year. What about Cary Williams? Do we ask Ngata to restructure his oversized contract? What about Boldin...This is the big cap hit year with his contract, Lil Ray too. Do we continue to pay an underused FB the money some starting Center could make. How much upside will KO and the rest of the young lineman have. We are in the middle of a big cross roads and in the middle of a rebuild. But as the Giants shown us, all we have to do is get hot at the right time. Are we the best on paper right now, NO. Do we have what we need to win it all ? HEck YEs. We just need to get hot and humble again.
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chevalier....

I think that we can get past the wildcard round. I think we can play with anyone....We beat the Patriots, the Sqeelers, the Bungoles and theCowboys and really have only been out of one game (Texans).

We can keep it close enough to give us a chance but we are not a dominate team... we are not going to jump up and dominate any of the better teams. (Or anyone else for that matter).

We are an experienced and battle hardened team and if we advance in the playoffs its bc we ground another team out. We simply out lasted them or took care of the football better then they did.

One thing in our favor is that we can play well (not great but) well in all three phases of the game! most teams have some area of major weakness. So, with our balance and experience... i feel like we can beat anyone but

With our Play calling and game plans I feel like we can drop any game also?

Quite frustrating and hard to watch at times...
Just hoping we can put it all togehter and peak at the right time????
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A "Must Win" game considering what lies ahead the next two weeks even though they are home games.
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While definitely not on the bandwagon of those who say Flacco isn't the solution and stuff, I think it's obvious that Flacco's season is a disappointment so far - and not many games have left for him to prove himself. Espacially considering the fact that he's got a personal position coach in Jim Caldwell, who's an accomplished and proven QB coach.

Joe, you should understand - and I think you do - that by calling yourself the best QB in the NFL you've put the burden of proof on yourself - and so far you've failed. What you've managed to prove is that you've got the throwing skills that could put you on one shelf with the greatest throwing QB's: Brees, brady, etc, and that you can stay focussed in the dying minutes of an important game. But that's not enough. The thing that you've been most criticized for was consisteny - and lets face it: your 2012 season so far have prove those critics right: you're still way too inconsistent. Without you improving there's no improved Ravens. The 2012 Ravens is by no means a better team than the 2011 Ravens were.

Joe, it's your contract year. I'm more than sure so far you've shaved off millions from your next contract compared to what you would have gotten if you strike a deal last summer. It isn't over yet, the fat lady hasn't sung yet, you can still lead to the Ravens in the Super Bowl this season (although I see no trace of the consistency of the team's production necessary to even get near the SB: one week we even need luck against the Chiefs, another week we thrash the Raiders and then beat the steelers and the Chargers on the road...) - but right now your offense isn't an Sb-caliber - it isn't even a championship caliber: instead of steady progress, most of our O drives consist of worthless (no-gain or negative yardage) snaps plus one or two ingenious snaps that keep the drive alive. No steady progress.

Joe, the nfl.com has already put the "not that great" tag on you - and we all know how hard it is to remove: Eli has the same tag - even with two blings... You've got zero, and all signs point towards that you'll still have zero when this season ends. i think i can say that most Ravens-fans still believe in you and trust that you are the long time solution, our franchise QB - but I'm quite positive there are more fans who don't believe in you now than at the beginning of the season. You've got less and less time not to go on the Cassell or Sanchez-track - a very promising young QB who ends up as a joke - but on the "normal" track of a very talented young QB who has - and does! - what it takes to run the full trajectory to become an elite QB.

I believe today you're further from that goal than you were at the beginning of the season - but you can still get there.

But it would be high time to start playing like an elite promise.

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TorryGundy...

At this point.... you can not over pay Flacco- IDK what his asking price will be but if its too high he has to go (Alex Smith and others will be available)

Ellerbee will be re-signed! Rays not getting any younger

ED REED is the biggest question mark (hoping to just win the super bowl and send him and Ray Lewis out on top clearing a ton of cap space)

Cary Williams had his offer made! HE turned it down and did nothing to prove he should be paid more - Hes gone

NGATA ...keeps his money... and should

Lil Ray... adn Leach are just fine... we just need a new OC to get the most out of them

Boldin.... IDK... thats a tough one too... He's a phenonenalpossession WR with a great attitude and work ethic... but struggles to get seperation.... I say bring him back but that one will be interesting???

KO has been the most impressive OL we have this season so far. the questions on the OL is do Matt Birk retire (and free up cap space) and do we keep JAH and Ramon and

what about McKinnie (he has to be gone right???)

We need to pick up a good MLB in FA this season. WOuld love to draft another pass rusher...who can get after the QB. (or maybe FA also and draft the MLB-more likely)

Finally- we have good yound talent but I watch what RGIII and LUCK has done this season- I watch what a good QB can do, as they seemingly single handedly win games for their teams...

I think that Joe is gone.... question is who replaces him. if we can land a good one... say good bye to Joe... if we can not... Joe will be back and overpaid!
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If the Ravens lose this Sunday, you can kiss the season goodbye. That locker room will implode, they will lose to the Broncos and then the Giants and back into the playoffs after beating the Bengals. I hope this does not happen and that is why Flacco needs to put on his $100 million game face (if he has one) and get this thing done in Landover on Sunday.
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It is time to get the game plans revised. Points are at a premium this time of year.
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[quote name='Bruce_Almty' timestamp='1354660431' post='1246810']
Anyone see the Hurry-Up Offense recently???[/quote]

Sadly, most often it was hurry up for the D: "hurry up guys, the O is on, means we're going back in a minute..."

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Everyday of every football week Joe Flacco gets crtitisized, but sometimes he makes it wee deserved. Peolpe has doubted Joe Flacco since he has started for the Ravens. Yes he has made it to the playoffs each hes been in Baltimore, but can he advance from the plaoffs. I mean last season wasn't his fault, but what every season before that. He shouldn't be paid as much as Drew Bress or Tom Brady. RGIII is playing better than this guy right now. when are they going to find out what Tyrod Taylor can do. I mean come on give this kid some playing time. I hate to say this and I hope I'm wrong but we cannot put clutch gamaes in Joe Flacco hands. He will not finish and if we have to depend on him to go to that ship, I'm sorry we will always come up short. Him or Cam has to go. I dont know who we will get if and when Cam leaves, but he has to go or Joe Flacco.
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tbh we can easily beat the redskins if we feed the ball to ray rice and pierce. just give them ball please, once we settle the run then u can let joe air out on the play action. give them the unexpected... theyre gonna think that were gonna come out throwing it bcuz their pass D is horrible so thats why we gotta run. we need drives that last 10-15 plays and 4:00-7:00 min so we can help our D out. ed reed will intercept RG3 not once by twice mark my words
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Crossroads...

why is this a must win???? we are 9-3 and have already beatn the Bungoles. If we beat any of the 4 teams we have left we are most likely in....

If we even go .500 you are guarnteed in.
I dont think that the Giants or the Broncos are unbeatable... but I feel like its one of those games where we need to click.

For the 2012 Ravens... I beleive that we could beat any team... but also feel like we could lose to any team - maybe thats a microcaysm of the entire NFL

But -that type of parity makes it hard to watch at times!
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Big fan of Joe, an we are all frustrated. In looking back at games it seems that opponents receivers are open way too often, are their receivers that good or are our corners that bad? Our receivers do not seem to get open on a consistent basis. For Joe to get in rhythm he needs completions, perhaps shorter routs or screens might help. On deep routs to Torry, too many are over thrown or nearly out of bounds on the side lines, giving the defense an edge. I certainly do not imply that I have answers to these problems, but people who have their jobs on the line need to.
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[quote name='steelcityraven' timestamp='1354661622' post='1246841']
Crossroads...

why is this a must win???? we are 9-3 and have already beatn the Bungoles. If we beat any of the 4 teams we have left we are most likely in....

If we even go .500 you are guarnteed in.
I dont think that the Giants or the Broncos are unbeatable... but I feel like its one of those games where we need to click.

For the 2012 Ravens... I beleive that we could beat any team... but also feel like we could lose to any team - maybe thats a microcaysm of the entire NFL

But -that type of parity makes it hard to watch at times!
[/quote] No...The Broncos and Giants can be beaten but can they muster the offense to stay with them...especially Peyton...Eli is a QB in which you do not know what kind of game he will have.
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