Chargers 32 Ravens 14 (The IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE ON? Game)

What is there to say after that one? The Ravens got stomped once again, pushing their current losing streak to a team record 5 games. With contests against New England and Indianapolis looming, it puts knots in our stomachs to wonder just how bad it will get before it gets better.

The Birds were once again manhandled up front on both sides of the ball, failing to get any pressure on Philip Rivers while, as usual, allowing Kyle Boller to get bounced around like a rag doll. The Bolts sacked Boller 4 times on the day, forcing him to fumble twice, while the Ravens didn’t even get a sniff of Rivers. Word has gotten out around the league that your QB needs to get rid of the ball quickly against the Ravens, and to Rivers’ credit, he did just that, hitting the quick outs and slants before the purple and black had any time to generate a pass rush.

While they were able to hold Ladainian Tomlinson to just 77 yards on the ground, it didn’t matter at all in the end, as the secondary – unexpectedly without C-Mac yet again – made another young struggling quarterback look like Johnny Unitas. Rivers threw for 3 touchdowns on the day, each to completely uncovered receivers – Chris Chambers from 5 yards out and Antonio Gates from 25 and 35 yards. It was obvious that a lack of communication was to blame for Gates running wide open down the middle of the field on his first touchdown. That said, it seems to us here at the Nest that it would take a team full of deaf mutes without hands to have such dismal communication skills as to allow the #1 tight end in football to roam around downfield with nary a defender in sight. The once dependable Ravens defense has now allowed 30 or more points in 3 of the past 4 games.

Brian Billick Bonehead Call of the Week
In what has become so recurrent around here it is comical, Billick – again – chose to pass in a short yardage situation, with poor results.

Situation: San Diego 29 Ravens 14; 0:19 seconds remaining in the 3rd Quarter; BAL ball, 4th-and-2 on the SD 42

Play Selection: Pass Short left, intended for Mark Clayton

Result: Pass Interference on offense, Quinn Sypnewski. Replay 4th down, 4th-and-12

The broken record plays on….run the ball…:skip:….run the ball….:skip:…..run the ball….

It’s bad in Charm City right now, and not an understatement to call it the worst it has ever been. We’ll continue to stick with our team through this down time, though, and we also want to thank you readers for sticking with us, no matter how hard the Ravens are to watch/read about right now.

On a different note, we here at the Nest would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and teammates of late Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, who was shot and killed this week.

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