Ravens need help from younger guys in final weeks

Ravens need help from younger guys in final weeks
December 18, 2012, 12:45 pm
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There's no question what the Ravens need now, especially heading into the final two weeks of the season. 

Their defense is hurting and has holes due to the ungodly number of injuries they've suffered. For the defense, their injury list reads like something from a MASH unit. Now, they've lost Jameel McClain for the season. After losing Ray Lewis for much of the season. After losing Terrell Suggs  during the first part of the year.

The list goes on and on.

That's why the Ravens need soem of the younger/inexperienced  people to step up in the final two weeks. The Ravens need a win over the Giants Sunday to lock up the AFC North and a home playoff game. They don't want this season to go down to having to win a road game in Cincinnati to clinch the division title. 

The Ravens already are in the playoffs, but coming in as a wild-card team could be tough because it means road games, and no team wants that. This is where the help from the younger guys could be valuable.  

Coach John Harbaugh spoke about that at his Monday press conference, saying that guys like Corey Graham, Pernell McPhee and Josh Bynes have really helped, and that he was happy with what he saw at times in Sunday's loss to Denver. 

Harbaugh talked about McPhee battling through problems with a groin pull earlier in the week and still coming back to be ready to play -- and doing well. McPhee got one of the team's two sacks on Peyton Manning. 

"A lot of young guys have stepped up really well. Through all of this, some unexpected guys have stepped up and played exceptionally well," Harbaugh said. "Our defense did a really nice job for a good stretch of the game. We had a number of three-and-outs in the first half, which is pretty impressive when you are playing that offense and you’re playing that quarterback. There are many things to improve upon, but there are also many things to build on, and that’s what I’m excited about. So, how far away are we and how much better do we need to get?"