So far, stout defense has helped the Ravens overcome two major obstacles �� a roster battered by injuries and an offense still trying to find its footing after quarterback Joe Flacco missed almost the entire preseason recovering from a herniated disc in his back. The Ravens already have 13 players on injured reserve and will be adding another with Marshal Yanda, one of the NFL’s best guards, fracturing his ankle against the Browns. Backup linebacker and special-teams contributor Bam Bradley also was lost to a torn ACL.
The name of the game is complementary football �� offense, defense and special teams, Carr said. We knew the offense was going to start a little slower than the defense at the start of the season.
We have a lot of offensive firepower. It’s just a matter of time before they start clicking, getting the ball downfield and stretching the defense. As long as we keep playing our level of defense, we’ll be fine.
It’s a quick homecoming for Buffalo’s new coach and GM duo, Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane. They will put some of their knowledge of Cam Newton and the Panthers’ personnel to work to their advantage, but they still have offensive and defensive limitations vs. a deeper, more versatile opponent. It’s a real wake-up call after facing the Jets, as the Panthers ground and pound out a close victory in the fourth quarter. Panthers win 24-20 but fail to cover the spread.
The Bucs had to wait out Hurricane Irma before they could build on their momentum from Hard Knocks, and they will be eager to knock around somebody at home and put on a show for a community that needs it. Jameis Winston is a good man for finishing the job, while his former backup, Mike Glennon, will see the best from Mike Smith’s rested and ready defense. Buccaneers win 27-17 and cover the spread.