Both Ravens and Dolphins Look to Keep Their Playoffs Hopes Alive
On Thursday Night, at M&T Bank Stadium, the Baltimore Ravens will host the red-hot Miami Dolphins. This season, TNF games have been surprisingly high scoring. The Rams and the 49ers combined for 80 points in September, and the Raiders needed a handful of untimed downs to beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-30. With that being said, a miracle would have to happen to have this game turn into a shootout.
Miami is arguably the NFL’s worst offense, averaging 262 yards per game, and 15 points per game. The Ravens are right there with them, ranking 31st in offense with 277 yards per game. Despite the similarities in statistics, the records show a huge difference. Miami has won three weeks in a row, while Baltimore has lost four of their last five. Miami will have a little advantage on offense, with Terrell Suggs and Eric Weddle questionable for tonight’s game.
While it may not be a huge offensive battle, this is an important week for both teams. The Dolphins want to keep up with the Patriots and the Bills in a surprisingly close division, and the Ravens have to try and keep Pittsburgh close.
Matt Moore came in for an injured Jay Cutler against the Jets, and got the W. Given how bad the dolphins have been on offense, it could make you wonder if the Dolphins should have started Matt Moore all along. He will have a tough task this week against Baltimore’s pass defense, they rank seventh in the NFLand have held their last three opponents to under 200 passing yards.
Joe Flacco, on the other hand, has not exactly been great this season. He has more interceptions (8) than touchdowns (5). Flacco, who is a past Super Bowl MVP, needs to get it going if he wants his team to have a shot at making the playoffs. He ranks toward the bottom of the league in QB stats, and is rated as the 31st passer in the NFL.
Perhaps the reason for Flacco’s early season struggles were two big injuries to running back Danny Woodhead and guard Marshal Yanda. Yanda is a huge part of the Ravens offensive line, and his replacement has been practice squad player Matt Skura. Joe Flacco has got to be better, there’s no doubt about it.
The Dolphins have had a hot streak, but have fallen behind in both of those games. The Ravens defense is an underrated presence in the league, and Joe Flacco is due for a good day. I think Baltimore comes out on top in this Thursday Night Football battle.