Drew’s Morning Dish — Mon., September 16

September 16, 2013 | Drew Forrester

I’ve already written enough about how bad the Browns are…just check yesterday’s post-game piece at WNST.net and see exactly how I feel about Rob Chudzinski’s team.

Now, I guess it’s time to write about how bad the Ravens are…

OK, the Ravens certainly aren’t bad.  That’s completely unfair.

But I’m still not 100% sure the Ravens are all that good.

I mean, in all fairness, despite how much I ripped into Cleveland after Sunday’s snoozefest, the Ravens were only able to dispose of them by eight points.  And yes, I know it’s a division game, bad blood, Paul Kruger’s return, blah, blah, blah.  But, when you only beat the Browns by eight points in your own building, that’s saying something.  Is it saying something more about the Browns or Ravens, though?

I said this before and after the Denver game and I’ll say it again after watching the Ravens defense again on Sunday:  You’re not going to be able to run the ball on the them.  Now, some of that run-defense success will depend on how healthy the front seven stays throughout the season, but if they remain relatively injury-free, most teams will not be able to gain much ground running the football.

In the air, though, might be a different story as far as the Ravens defense goes.  Peyton Manning had to have his stomach pumped after feasting on the Baltimore secondary in the season opener.  Even Brandon Weeden, with no receivers of note, was able to make some good throws on Sunday.

Overall, I think the Baltimore defense will be decent enough to keep the team in most games.

The offense?  Now that’s a different story.

I’m sold on Flacco.  I think the Rice-Pierce running back combo is effective.

I’m sold on Flacco.  I think the Rice-Pierce running back combo is effective.

I’m sold on Flacco.  I think the Rice-Pierce running back combo is effective.

There’s not much else there, it would appear.  Brandon Stokely came up with a couple of big catches on 3rd down against the Browns and Marlon Brown ran a nice route on his TD catch.  But, against the lowly Browns, those were the offensive highlights from our pass catching corps.

We’re two games in to the ’13 season and I’m still completely unsure of what this Ravens team is all about.  I think they’re pretty good, but not much more than that.  In a luke-warm AFC North, they still might be good enough to get to nine or ten wins and chase a 6th straight playoff spot.

We’ll learn a lot more about John Harbaugh’s team this Sunday when a real team shows up in Baltimore to flex their muscles against the defending Super Bowl champs.