Just like how the 2012 season ended, the Baltimore Ravens (1-1) find themselves with the same record as the Cincinnati Bengals (1-1), who beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-10, on "Monday Night Football." Half of the league is now 1-1. The Ravens and Bengals share first place in the AFC North, and the winless Steelers and Browns are tied for last place. But you're going to have to wait to see the top two teams face each other. The Ravens don't play the Bengals until Nov. 10, when Cincinnati plays at Baltimore. Here's your Wake-up caw ...
The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston thinks the Ravens need to stay away from a running back controversy with Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce. "If Rice's hip is healthy, then he should start against Houston on Sunday," Preston wrote. "If not, then Pierce starts, but he should relinquish the assignment once Rice is ready to play."
While quarterback Joe Flacco leads all quarterbacks with 95 passing attempts, the Ravens remain 10th in the league with 57 rushing attempts, according to The Baltimore Sun. “We’d sure like runs to go for more than one or two yards but we understand that sometimes that happens against a good defense,” coach John Harbaugh said. “The run game got better as the game went on. It was at its best at the end when it was most important. The fact that we were able to close the game out with our run game was really big."
Former Ravens safety Ed Reed nearly made his Texans debut on Sunday, which indicates that he has a good shot at playing in his Baltimore reunion. “We were very, very close yesterday,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday, via the team's website. “I can tell you that. I mean it was a long conversation but we thought we made the right decision yesterday to continue to move forward. It’s going to be a long season and we want him there for the long haul. So, like I said, we’ll just keep going. Today’s another good day and we are very close.”
Backup running back Bernard Pierce was standing a few feet from Ray Rice when he went down to the ground clutching his injured hip. “My first reaction was, ‘Get up,’” Pierce told the team's website. “Once I saw he wasn’t getting up, I was just like, ‘It’s going to be on me now.’ I just had to take the rest of the carries and just finish the game strong.”
Only two of Flacco's completions Sunday went to tight ends, Comcast SportsNet pointed out. "Those guys need to be a big part of what we are doing,” Harbaugh said. “They’re fully capable of making catches. Ed (Dickson) should be a big-play guy up the seam, over routes, all those kind of things. We need to get him going."