Let me take you back to great time in the mid-to-late 90s. It was a time when Adam Sandler was still funny. In thinking about the upcoming contest for the Baltimore Ravens as they take on the Cincinnati Bengals, I keep seeing Dan Fouts saying over and over again, “Last game of the season; can’t hold anything back now,” as he said in the Sandler classic, The Waterboy. The same applies for the Ravens as they’re playing to hopefully extend their season into the playoffs.
The funny thing is, I remember writing a similar column when the Ravens played the Bengals earlier in the year. To summarize, I said that the Ravens needed to open things up, and to an extent, they did. I suggested the Ravens use every trick in the book. I’m talking flea-flickers, reverses, Tyrod Taylor running the read-option. Maybe someone in the Ravens’ organization saw that column because they did pretty much everything I suggested. Seeing as this second meeting against the Bengals is even more important, the Ravens should pull even more rabbits out of their hats. Or even if the Ravens don’t use trick plays, then hopefully they’ll be more creative in their play calling. I’m no expert in calling plays, but when I can figure out what the Ravens’ offense is going to do, then NFL coaches can probably predict what they’ll do for the next 10, 20 plays.
The simple answer to win this game is by not being simple. How about a slant route to Torrey Smith once in a while? How about some more screen passes? With a gimpy Joe Flacco, the playmakers are going to have to make plays. It’s the last (maybe) game of the season; can’t hold anything back now. Also, alligators are honorary because they got all them teeth and no toothbrush. That’s what mama says.
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