Tuesday, December 4, 2012
AP Pro32 comments about Ravens
NEW YORK -- Comments on the Baltimore Ravens by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
BALTIMORE RAVENS (6)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 6) -- Had chance for knockout punch, instead lost 15-round decision.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 7) -- This team is good, but needs to find another level to be great.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 6)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 8) -- Need to eliminate the inconsistent performances on both sides of the ball that seem to creep up each week.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 7) -- Ravens' struggles on offense finally catch up to them on the scoreboard, as that 15-game home winning streak finally ends at the hands of hated AFC North rival Pittsburgh.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 6) -- Ray Rice has scored eight touchdowns this season but is still looking for his first road score. The Ravens are at Washington Sunday.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 6) -- The Grinch is trying to steal Baltimore's Christmas. First, the Ravens lose to Pittsburgh. Now they might lose Terrell Suggs again. Then they must face Washington, Denver, the N.Y. Giants and Cincinnati. Yuck.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 7) -- Ray Rice wants the football -- oblige your best player.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 5) -- A tough loss to the Steelers with Charlie Batch under center and it was in Baltimore where Flacco was 32-5. Flacco is going to have to be careful with the ball against the good pass rush teams.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 8) -- I know they are 9-3 and I like this team. Too many key injuries -- Ray Lewis, Lardarius Webb and now possibly Suggs again makes them awful vulnerable.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 6) -- With subpar performances in two games against Pittsburgh this season, Joe Flacco needs to get his act together if the Ravens face the Steelers again in the playoffs.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 5) -- After a tough loss, it doesn't get easier from here: at the Redskins, Broncos and Giants at home, and at the Bengals.
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