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Monday’s headlines Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , the Baltimore Ravens quietly made a roster move. They have designated cornerback Maurice Canady to return from injured reserve, which should not come by surprise. After suffering an injury during joint practices with the Colts during the preseason, Canady played in Baltimore’s Week 1 win over the Bills. However, he re-injured his hamstring and was subsequently placed on injured reserve.With six cornerbacks — Jimmy Smith, Tavon Young, Marlon Humphrey, Cyrus Jones, Anthony Averett, and Brandon Carr — on the active roster, the Ravens would likely cut one of these players to make room for Canady when he is ready to return. They have a three-week window to activate him to the active roster or place him back on injured reserve.Canady provides the defense with some versatility as he can play both in the slot and on the outside. He also seemingly has the skillset to play safety, but Baltimore has yet to give him a full-time opportunity at that position. He also can be a key contributor on special teams, which boosts his roster stock.As a sixth-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, Canady’s career has been plagued by injuries. In three seasons, he has only appeared in 13 games. He played in eight games last season, which was the most in his career. He totaled 27 tackles and one pass breakup. It is still unclear when the Ravens will activate Canady to the active roster Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , but they still have several other players who could also receive this designation. Kenneth Dixon and Willie Henry are the top options for Baltimore for the final IR-DTR spot. However, Dixon’s status is uncertain, according to head coach John Harbaugh.“[Kenneth] Dixon is a different story. There are issues going on with him that are beyond our coaches’ control. We’re just going to have to wait for league clearance and things like that and all that. So, I don’t even delve into that, because it’s not my concern,” Harbaugh said last week via the team’s official website. “Ozzie takes care of that. When he tells us he can practice, he’ll be out there. I’m hopeful it’s next week. I’m really hopeful it’s next week. So, we’ll know more next week.” The Baltimore Ravens sit at 4-4, and many are labeling their Week 9 matchup against the Steelers a ‘must-win.’ With Pittsburgh currently leading the division at 4-2-1 and the Bengals in second with a record of 5-3, the Ravens may not be able to overcome another division loss. A loss to Pittsburgh would not only give the Browns a chance to rise in the standings, but the Ravens would hold a measly 1-3 record in the AFC North. Although the big picture often dominates the headlines, Baltimore undoubtedly has plenty of other issues to address. 1. Are we witnessing the final few games for Joe Flacco in a Ravens uniform?Flacco’s first eight games would suggest that he is en route to having a career year. However, almost every starting quarterback in the league is seeing an increase their numbers due to the rule changes among other variables. Flacco has had several strong performances, such as his masterful games against the Bills and Steelers, but he has also had a couple of horrible games. In Week 2 against the Bengals Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , Flacco had a terrible showing, including two interceptions. He also struggled mightily against the Panthers and Browns, where he led the offense to only 14 and nine points, respectively. Although a lot can change, the Ravens currently do not look like a playoff team. They have issues on both sides of the ball, and if they miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season, wholesale changes might be forthcoming. One of those moves could include Baltimore parting ways with the former Delaware quarterback. The next two games could play an integral role in deciding Flacco’s fate in the offseason. Will ‘January Joe’ show up on Sunday, or will it be the inconsistent, erratic, turnover prone Flacco?2. Can Baltimore’s defense stop a potent offense?The Ravens may have a highly ranked defense, but they still have plenty of problems to address. By only reading the statistics, Baltimore’s defense looks as if they are a formidable unit. A deeper dive into the numbers will showcase the truth — an inconsistent and overrated defense. Against the Steelers, Panthers, Saints, and Bengals Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. , Baltimore has allowed an average of 27 points. In addition, Cam Newton, Drew Brees, Andy Dalton, and Ben Roethlisberger have combined to throw nine touchdowns to only one interception. In their other four games, which featured favorable matchups against teams with ten combined wins and none of them are above .500, they have only allowed an average of 7.5 points. Josh Allen, Nathan Peterman, Case Keenum, Baker Mayfield, and Marcus Mariota have combined to throw one touchdown and four interceptions.The Ravens’ defense had success in Week 4 against the Steelers as they shut them out in the second half. Can this unit end their struggles against upper echelon offenses, or will it be a repeat of the previous two weeks?3. With their backs against the wall, how will the Ravens handle the pressure?Baltimore certainly feels the pressure in a ‘must-win’ game. “It’s the biggest game of our season right now. It’s going to determine a lot, this week, at least Linki görebilmek için giriş yapmanız ya da üye olmanız gerekir. ,” Jimmy Smith stated, via the team’s official website. This game has the potential to define their season. With a gauntlet of challenging opponents on the horizon, the Ravens need to capitalize at home. Of their remaining eight games, five are in Baltimore. They still have three critical divisional home games upcoming, while also traveling to Kansas City, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Without a doubt, the Ravens’ offense has struggled to find consistency, particularly with their running game. Joe Flacco has not been as sharp as he once was earlier in the season. The offensive line is banged up. The wide receivers and tight ends have struggled to catch the football and create separation. On the other side of the ball, their defense has not had a significant amount of success against premier offenses. Similarly to previous seasons, limiting opposing tight ends has been an issue. It would be hard to argue that the Ravens are not in a bad way, but can they recover?
 
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