Game preview: 5 questions for Ravens at Dolphins

Game preview: 5 questions for Ravens at Dolphins
October 4, 2013, 9:15 am
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Harbaugh wants improvement everywhere

What: Ravens at Dolphins

When: Sunday, 1 p. m.

Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL


Five questions for Ravens at Dolphins.

1. Will Joe Flacco bounce back after throwing five interceptions against Buffalo?

Flacco can’t wait for Sunday. He felt responsible for the loss in Buffalo. This is another game that could be decided during the final five minutes. The Ravens need Flacco to be the best quarterback on the field, better than his Dolphins counterpart, Ryan Tannehill. 

2. Can the Ravens’ offense be more effective and more balanced?

The Ravens only ran the ball nine times against Buffalo. They had 31 consecutive pass plays in the second half. Yes, we can expect more running plays against the Dolphins. The question is, will those running plays actually work? Or will the Ravens’ running attack be woeful again? The Ravens traded for left tackle Eugene Monroe, but it’s uncertain how much he will play Sunday. With the offensive line struggling to create holes, the talents of running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce are being wasted. That has to change, or the Ravens offense will continue to be inconsistent.

3. Will the Ravens contain Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace? 

Everyone else has been containing Wallace. Through four games, Wallace has just 15 catches for 176 yards and a touchdown. Not what the Dolphins expected when they signed him to a five-year, $60 million deal. However, Wallace is still a home run threat with his blazing speed, and the Ravens’ secondary can’t sleep on him. One or two big plays by Wallace could be all the Dolphins need to win.

4. Will the Ravens’ pass rush take over this game?

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been sacked 18 times, more than anyone in the NFL. Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs would love to spend a Sunday afternoon with Tannehill in the Dolphins’ backfield. By the end of this game, we will know if the Dolphins have solved their pass protection issues or not.

5. Can the Ravens win on the road? 

Good teams win on the road. The Ravens haven’t. They can talk about being Super Bowl contenders, but the Ravens won’t be a consistent team unless they start winning on the road. The Dolphins (3-1) are not the soft touch they used to be, and are favored in this game. Win this game, and perhaps the Ravens will start building momentum. Lose this game, and the Ravens will be 2-3, with the Packers coming to town in Week 6.