Nov 22, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) passes during the fourth quarter against the St. Louis Rams at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore Ravens defeated St. Louis Rams 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
No one in the NFL has been hit by the injury bug nearly as hard as the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens lost just about all of their household name players due to season ending injuries.
This list includes: Flacco, Smith Sr., Forsett, Suggs, and strong safety Matt Elam. This is really bad for the Ravens. Losing Suggs and Elam early in the season really stunned their defense and made said defense a shell of its former self.
Losing an elite edge pass rusher, such as Suggs, early in the season was a huge blow to the Ravens’ defense. Elam is more of a draft project at the strong safety position. The Ravens had high hopes for Elam coming into this season. Unfortunately, they will not be able to see if their work with Elam will pay off due to his torn bicep.
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The Ravens then lost their top offensive threat in Smith Sr., which really quelled the Ravens passing attack as he was Flacco’s main target.
Then the Ravens lost both Flacco and Forsett to a torn ACL and a forearm injury, respectively, in their previous game against the St. Louis Rams.
In addition to dealing with those past issues, the Ravens are forced to promote Schaub and running back Javorius Allen. I don’t see the Ravens overcoming their woes even with more time to prepare for the bright lights of Monday Night Football. The Ravens offense will probably struggle with these new faces, and that works in Cleveland’s favor.
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