Wake-up caw: Unexpected three-way tie

September, 30, 2013
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- No one would have been surprised if you told them that the Baltimore Ravens were tied with the Cincinnati Bengals at the end of September. But few would have believed the Ravens would be tied with the Cleveland Browns as well.

That's what happens when the Ravens end September without a winning record, the first time that's happened in coach John Harbaugh's six seasons in Baltimore. The Ravens (2-2) have the same record as the Bengals and Browns, who have won two straight since trading running back Trent Richardson and making Brian Hoyer their starting quarterback.

The only other division that doesn't have a team with a winning record is the NFC East, where the Dallas Cowboys (2-2) sit in first place. And what about the other team in the AFC North? The Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4) are one of four winless teams in the NFL.

Here's your Monday morning wake-up caw ...
  • The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston argues that the loss at Buffalo wasn't the case of bad timing. "Some will say this was a trap game because the Ravens were due for an emotional letdown after the Texans game," Preston wrote. "Sorry, there are no excuses. Right now, they are as inconsistent as every other team in the NFL."
  • John Eisenberg, of the team's official website, believes the offensive line is the biggest problem for the struggling running game.
  • The throw that Joe Flacco should regret the most is his last one, according to Clifton Brown of Comcast SportsNet. He threw an interception when the Ravens somehow trailed by only three points. "This is where the big-time quarterbacks make their money," Brown wrote. "But Flacco made another turnover, trying to hit Dallas Clark who was tightly covered, and the end result was a tipped pass, and Kiko Alonso’s final interception."
  • If you really need some good news, running back Ray Rice didn't aggravate his hip injury. "Nobody plays the game 100 percent, this is the NFL," Rice said, via The Baltimore Sun. "Everybody plays a little banged-up and beat up. I came out of the game healthy and I'm looking forward to next week."
  • Don't expect cornerback Lardarius Webb to be sidelined long, according to The Baltimore Sun. Despite being held out the entire second half with a thigh injury, he was able to run and backpedal on the sideline. "They just kept me out," Webb said. "I'm feeling OK."

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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