An ugly game, an ugly loss, and your eyes do not deceive you. The Baltimore Ravens are not playing well, on either side of the ball. PFF gives us a small breakdown on a few players, some good, while others, not so good.
The best lineman and the highest rated player for the game yesterday, was James Hurst. He’s proving to be more at home at LG than his usual tackle spot in previous seasons for the Ravens. His 79.3 game grade was the highest on the offense today, and he has now gone two straight games without allowing a pressure.
Despite not throwing an interception, QB Joe Flacco had a disappointing game. His 42.7 grade was the lowest among the Ravens’ skill position players, and he managed only seven passing yards when under pressure. It’s clear this offense has failed him.
The Ravens have signed tight end Gavin Escobar and released offensive linemen Tony Bergstrom, per the Ravens’ official twitter account.
We have signed TE Gavin Escobar and released OL Tony Bergstrom.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) October 23, 2017
This is an interesting move as the Ravens have not gotten a lot of production out of Maxx Williams or Nick Boyle, this season. Benjamin Watson has been solid this season. So far, Watson has 29 receptions for 214 yards and a touchdown.
As for Escobar, he was drafted in the second-round of 2013 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He was with the Cowboys for four seasons and spent the 2017 preseason with the Kansas City Chiefs. During the preseason, he finished with four catches for 44 yards and a touchdown.
As for Tony Bergstrom, he was released last week to make space for wide receiver Griff Whalen.
When Aaron Rodgers suffered a concussion against the Detroit Lions in 2010, the Green Bay Packers went into a shell with Matt Flynn under center. The backup quarterback completed just 15 passes, tossed an interception, and led just one scoring drive (a third-quarter field goal) before ultimately losing 7-3 at Ford Field.
Knowing Rodgers would likely not return for the following week’s game against the New England Patriots, head coach Mike McCarthy threw caution to the wind and built a smartly aggressive game plan around Flynn. The Packers attempted a surprise onside kick, established a good balance between the run and pass, and played stellar defense to keep Tom Brady and company in check. Most importantly, they gave Flynn the reins to the offense, and the third-year signal-caller delivered the best game of his career to that point.