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Short Week

Written by: Peter Coolbaugh

The Ravens may have beaten the upstart Dolphins on Sunday, but they have little time to rest. Their next game is this Thursday evening, down in Atlanta as they play the Falcons on the NFL Network initial Thursday broadcast for this season.

Sure, the Birds did knock out Miami in a 26 - 10 grudge fest. We did improve to a healthy 6-2. But the defensive side of the ball - what was once the golden goose for the Ravens and the mark of the franchise - allowed a lot of rushing yards and certainly showed signs of its age.

It was a game with little drama as the Ravens scored on their first possession and never looked back. The Dolphins came in having won all their games on the road thus far and looked to continue that streak. But alas for aqua and orange fans, the Ravens made the big plays in the end and added another W to the column.

The next two games for Baltimore are against NFC South opponents on the road. A dome game at Atlanta and then a game in Carolina who as of today, only have one win in what will likely be their head coach's final season there. Atlanta is currently a first place team and will the tougher of the two opponents.

The first half of the season is over. Overall, I would give the Ravens performance to date about a B. Certainly room for improvement on the DEF and special teams side, and more TDs from Ray Rice. But we as fans of the purple & black really have no room to complain. A winning team and a lot of support from the community makes the Ravens the most beloved team currently in Baltimore.

Perhaps a few more wins will put us a little closer to another playoff berth for Coach Harbaugh.

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