This must be how Dolphins players see the Ravens, because we play them as if we’re terrified of them. I’ve documented here our failures against the Ravens, but lest you forget, our last 3 meetings with the Ravens we’ve been massacred, bludgeoned and beaten and outscored 137-16. No typo. ONE HUNDRED THIRTY SEVEN to SIXTEEN. The Ravens are a historically well coached team, and since John Harbaugh took the reins, the Ravens since 2008 are 135-85, good for a .625 winning percentage.. That’s NFL royalty right there. The Dolphins on the other hand, since 2008 are 98-110. No longer among the best teams in the NFL, the Dolphins have been clearly in the bottom half of the NFL 32. In addition, during John Harbaugh’s successful reign beginning in 2008, the Dolphins have employed 5 different Head Coaches, Tony Sparano, Todd Bowles, Joe Philbin, Adam Gase and now Brian Flores. Brian Flores at the moment is sliding downhill and more than likely tonight’s meeting with the Ravens will leave him and the Dolphins on shakier ground.
The Dolphins stumbled and bumbled through 5 turnovers to eek out a victory over the equally hapless Houston Texans, you know, the team with the QB who doesn’t play that has 22 civil suits lodged against him, the one that our team owner Stephen Ross, desperate fuck is he, personally calls said QB to have a little chat. (Disgraceful!!!). Not going to spend any more time on that game, it was awful, admittedly I only watched bits and pieces which is all this excuse of a team deserves at this point. This week we play the the big boys, the bullies, the kind of team that will put their foot on your neck and keep it there until 60 minutes are up. The Ravens are the antithesis of the Texans, they are buttoned up, they have the same system and coach for quite a while now and they are a perennial winning franchise. This what we hope the Dolphins become. Last year Brian Flores inspired us to believe that we were heading in that direction. BITCHSLAP!!! Back to reality dreamer!!!
The Ravens are a running team, and it’s mostly their dangerous QB Lamar Jackson doing the running. He actually leads the Ravens with 600 yards rushing, followed by a trio of “once weres” in Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell and most likely never will be in Ty’Son Williams. The quartet of aforementioned RB’s have just 62 more rushing yards combined than the QB (662-600). Our leading rusher is Myles Gaskin with 313 yards. Our RB’s have accounted for all of TWO TD’s this season on the ground. That’s how easy it is to get 2-7. Not one of our RB’s is averaging more than 3.8 YPC and our starter Myles Gaskin is averaging 3.6. There’s an O-line problem, and a gameplan problem. Just because you can’t run successfully doesn’t mean you don’t do it. We have a measly 158 rush attempts this season.
Anyway, if you’re watching tonight, best of luck to you, I recommend being on a soft, cushioned couch near no sharp edges and I’d probably lay off the heavy alcohol if you tend to get ornery and violent. Your house will thank you. I most likely won’t watch this one from start to finish but I do think there’s a part of me, the sadistic and masochistic part of me that wants to flip on the game and see another 59-10 slaughter so I can see the carnage. I don’t want Tua to get injured and I’m not even sure if his finger is still swollen if he should play at all. This Ravens defense doesn’t have the teeth they used to have but they do have an excellent Head Coach who will find weaknesses and there are 5 of them on the field every week right in front of either #1 or #14.
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