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to kick off week two of the NFL season. In the John Harbaugh era [url=www.ravenscheapshops.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.ravenscheapshops.com]www.ravenscheapshops.com[/url] , Baltimore has struggled at Paul Brown Stadium as they are 3-7. The all-time series is[url=www.baltimoreravensteamauthentic.com/c.j.-mosley-jersey" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.baltimoreravensteamauthentic.com/c.j.-mosley-jersey][img]www.sndpic.com//nike_nfl_jerseys/nike_baltimore_ravens/nike_ravens_1938.jpg" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.sndpic.com//nike_nfl_jerseys/nike_baltimore_ravens/nike_ravens_1938.jpg[/img][/url] tied at 22-22. Below are five storylines to watch for during the first Thursday night football game of the 2018 regular season. 1. ‘January Joe’ or ‘Joe Fluke-O’Fox Sports 1’s Skip Bayless has given Joe Flacco the nickname ‘Joe Fluke-O’ because of how inconsistent of a quarterback he can be. Flacco’s career has been littered with impressive performances such as his five-touchdown game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, or the impressive playoff run that led to him winning the Super Bowl MVP, but he has also had several historically bad games. Flacco’s 0.8 QBR against the Jaguars in London last season was one of the worst recorded performances in the history of the QBR stat. With Flacco at quarterback, it is hard to predict what kind of production the Ravens will be getting. However, Flacco was at his best in the Ravens’ dominant win over Bills last week. Not only was he deadly accurate, but he made great decisions with the football. He did not throw an interception, and his three touchdown passes were all perfectly placed. Coming off of one his most impressive performances in recent memory, how will Flacco perform in a hostile environment?2. Against a significantly better front seven, how will Baltimore’s offensive line hold up?One of the most significant factors in deciding whether or not the Ravens will snap their playoff drought will be the play of their offensive line. Against Buffalo, this unit was serviceable, but Ronnie Stanley, Matt Skura, and James Hurst all struggled at times. Cincinnati’s defensive line is much more talented than the Bills’, which sparks the question of how will this group respond? The Ravens utilized several quick passing concepts in week one [url=www.ravenscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-t-shirts" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.ravenscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-t-shirts]Baltimore Ravens T-Shirt[/url] , and the gameplan will likely be similar versus the Bengals.3. Will WR A.J. Green feast with no Jimmy Smith?Wide receiver A.J. Green has made several highlight-worthy and game-winning catches against the Ravens over the course of his career. He has seemingly haunted Baltimore since joining Cincinnati, and without Jimmy Smith, can Brandon Carr, and Marlon Humphrey contain him? Baltimore will likely not play a ton of man-to-man coverage, specifically against Green, but containing Green must be priority number one. 4. Can the Ravens contain RB Joe Mixon?Mixon had a breakout game against the Indianapolis Colts in week one, in which he totaled 95 rushing yards and a touchdown, while also adding five receptions for 54 yards. He was a driving force in their 34-23 win, and the Bengals used him in many different ways. They made it a point to get him the football, and he made plays. Baltimore contained LeSean McCoy last week, but against a better offensive line, can they limit another talented running back?5. Was last week an outlier, or did the Raven fix their tight end issues?Charles Clay is one of the league’s most underrated tight ends, but Baltimore held him to zero catches on Sunday. 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In 12 trips, the usually maligned offense is a perfect 12 for 12 with six passing touchdowns coming from Joe Flacco and six rushing touchdowns coming from the team’s stable of backs.Not only is that a great number for red zone efficiency, it’s actually a historic one:Simply put, the Ravens offense has been surgical within the opposing teams 20 yard line this season. This speaks volumes about the type of offense they’d like to be. That is, a balanced attack that can pick defenses apart in different ways. Really, that’s all fans have been asking for over the past several years. Since their last playoff appearance in 2014, Baltimore has been tilted too far in favor of their defense [url=www.ravenscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-hoodie" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.ravenscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-hoodie]Baltimore Ravens Hoodie[/url] , neglecting to supplement the offense with great talent.What’s funny about that is when you consider all the factors that are coming into play this season, the infusion of offensive talent isn’t nearly the only factor leading to the immense improvement. The other elements would have to be good play calling by maligned coordinator Marty Morninwheg, as well as improved health and decision making from the quarterback.Joe Flacco hasn’t been perfect this season (especially not against Cincinnati in Week 2). But everything seems to be clicking for the veteran for the first time since his career year of 2014. In fact, he’s on pace for a career year when many people thought he was finished:Chemistry with his new receiving corps has been apparent, including rookie third round pick Mark Andrews, who has made some big time plays at tight end. The position will only grow stronger when first rounder Hayden Hurst returns to action, which should improve what’s been a robust offense this season.There’s always going to be room for improvement, and there certainly is in this case. The running game hasn’t been especially effective this year and could use more consistency moving forward this year.However, the offense now appears to have enough surrounding talent that they don’t necessarily need to rely on Alex Collins to make plays out of nothing as they did last season. This is well reflected by the numbers (especially in terms of ball distribution) that have them up there with the league’s best so far:While they aren’t quite in the class of a team like Kansas City despite what the numbers say, Baltimore’s attack appears to be revitalized in 2018. They’ll need to be firing on all cylinders against the Steelers on Sunday night to walk out of Pittsburgh with a victory. For now, it’s fair to say the front office’s commitment to improving one of the league’s worst offensive units last season was absolutely legit.

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