Countdown to Kickoff, Ravens vs. Dolphins
10: Breshad Periman is questionable for tonight’s game after a hard hit in the Bears game left him out last week at Minnesota as well. Perriman is, are you ready… 10th, on the TEAM, in receiving yards with 26. Danny Woodhead played one drive for the Ravens and has 33 yards. Griff Whalen who wasn’t employed a week ago racked up 23 yards last week. Bobby Rainey and Griff Whalen have the same amount of catches as Perriman (4). Perriman with far more targets though (17). At what point is enough, enough of Perriman? Griff Whalen of all people has been as productive in a shorter amount of time.
9: #9, Justin Tucker. He’s essentially been Ravens player of the month for October, looking like team MVP. Pretty Stover-esque in providing most of the scoring on a team with a struggling offense. He’s 9 for 9 over the last three games on field goals with a long a 57 last week.
8: Joe Flacco interceptions this year. He’s thrown eight of them through seven games. Let’s hope that number stays there as the Dolphins defense enters tonight’s game only picking off two passes all season. A clean game won’t mean success though. Flacco had a clean game last week but the end result was awful. Take away the garbage time, defense barely defending the drive the Ravens put together at the very end.
7: Since Joe Flacco won Super Bowl MVP honors, only seven QBs have averaged at least one interception per game with a passer rating below 85. DeShone Kizer, Blake Bortles, Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Blain Gabbert, and… Joe Flacco. Yuck. One day he’s on a lists along side Joe Montana for playoff performance. Next he’s lumped in with, them.
6: Miami DE Cameron Wake has six sacks in six games this year. He will have his ears pinned back against an offensive line in Baltimore that allowed five sacks on Joe Flacco last week in Minnesota.
5: 5th straight season that the Dolphins and Ravens meet, despite being in a different division. Dolphins also rank 5th in time of possession. They control the clock well. You do that by running the ball effectively. The Ravens haven’t had a sense of time management for some time now. All of a sudden stopping the run is a problem for the Ravens defense. Could spell yet another long night for Ravens fans.
4: Games in a row that Ravens square off against a back up quarterback. They faced EJ Manuel in place of Derek Carr in Oakland. Mitch Trubisky, the heir to Mike Glennon at home against the Bears. Case Keenum in place of Sam Bradford, in place of Teddy Bridgewater for the Vikings. And tonight it will be Matt Moore starting for Jay Cutler, who started for Ryan Tannehill. Some people are ready fro heads to roll at the castle, from Ozzie down to the waterboys. Is going 1-3 against those four QBs a fireable offense? Would be in my eyes. But Steve Bisciotti recently defended his coaches and players and doesn’t see anything wrong. The $29 tickets for tonights game on StubHub says that the fans see something Bisciotti doesn’t.
3: In the Ravens last three losses they have allowed a 100-yard rusher. Le’Veon Bell (144), Jordan Howard (167), and Latvius Murray (113). Jay Ajayi comes to town seventh in the league in rushing yards.
2: Number of wide receivers not listed on the Ravens injury report. It the walking wounded around the Ravens locker room. Now for a sentence I didn’t think I’d ever utter… Chris Moore and Griff Whalen are the only healthy wideouts on the roster. Jeremy Maclin, Mike Wallace, and Breshad Perriman are questionable. Michael Campanaro and Chris Matthews are doubtful. Not to mention Tight End Maxx Williams is ruled out, and Ben Watson could miss the game having missed practice this week, and the Ravens signing Gavin Escobar.
1: Touchdowns the Ravens offense has scored in the last 10 quarters (and one overtime period). That one, I don’t even want to count as it was deep into garbage time, as the clock expired in Minnesota when the opposing defense was pretty much checked out and going through the motions. Conversely, the Dolphins have score one or less touchdowns in four of their six game this year. Probably why the O/U is 37 for this game. With the 3 point spread, Vegas looking at a 20-17 Ravens victory.