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Ravens O-Line Laboring Ahead of Divisional Showdown

Face the Steelers Sunday

October 30, 2018 - 10:27 am

By Austin Medina  

After a pummeling at the hands of the Panthers, the Ravens have lost three of their last four games. There are a variety of factors that led to struggles yet one thing is for sure. The offensive line has been a revolving door in that stretch.

Starting guard Alex Lewis and starting tackle James Hurst have missed the previous two games. The neck injury Lewis sustained against the Titans continues to linger. Meanwhile, Hurst’s back continues to heal up.

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about how important Orlando Brown Jr. should prove to be. The idea of the article had Hurst moving to left guard and Brown Jr. filling in at right tackle. With Hurst injured, the Ravens started Hroniss Grasu who they signed in late September.

The problem got worse against the Panthers when Joe Flacco landed on starting left tackle Ronnie Stanley’s leg, injuring him. Stanley did return late, but it will be intriguing to see how he responds after a week of practice.

If Stanley cannot go Sunday, that would bring Jermaine Eluemunor in his place.

Perhaps the Ravens trade for an extra offensive lineman before the Trade Deadline, which closes Tuesday at 4 pm Eastern.

The Ravens have to get their font line healthy for the games ahead. The red-hot Pittsburgh Steelers are up next on their schedule, who destroyed the Browns offense last week.Pittsburgh has won three straight games since losing to Baltimore in Week 4. 

Hopefully the change of the month will provide some good fortune for the Ravens. According to Jamison Hensley, Baltimore is just 3-13 in the month of October since 2015. That ranks third-worst in the league since 2015.

Regardless of it’s the month, the offensive line, or a mixture of others, the Ravens need to snap out of their funk with a huge game against the Steelers upcoming. At 4-4, the Ravens are just one game from first place.

The time is now, Baltimore. Buckle down!