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Late For Work 10/19: Ravens Expressed Interest in Terrell Owens?

Plus other trade rumors, an AFC North roundup, and impressions of the Ravens’ loss.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Monday, October 19th, 2009 at 8:57 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Ravens Expressed Interest in WR Terrell Owens

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is keeping up on all the latest NFL trade rumors, and reported the Ravens, in fact, spoke with the Bills about the possibility of trading for Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens. According to Glazer, Buffalo “rebuffed the inquiry” and maintained they have no interest in trading their off-season acquisition.

Fox Sports also said that in addition to calling the Bills, Baltimore has been searching around the league for a receiver to bolster its offense and give Joe Flacco another target to use.

This is an interesting report considering the Ravens already traded a second-round draft pick for Owens to the San Francisco 49ers in March of 2004, but the receiver challenged the deal and negotiated a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles instead.  That move didn’t leave a positive impression in Baltimore.

Would a trade for Dwayne Bowe make sense for the Ravens?

Adam Schefter of ESPN believes that trading second- and fifth-round picks to Kansas City for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe woud be a good idea for Baltimore.

“Kansas City has proven that it is willing to listen to offers for anybody,” said Schefter. “And the Ravens still haven’t given quarterback Joe Flacco the ace target he needs. Bowe probably isn’t worth a first-round pick now, but he could be worth a couple of valuable picks in the deep 2010 draft.”

The AFC North title is still up for grabs.

Snapping a four-game winning streak, the Bengals lost to the Texans, 28-17. The Steelers took an easy 27-14 victory over the terrible Browns. Cleveland is 1-5, while both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh are 4-2. Despite their 3-3 record, the Ravens are only one game away from the AFC North top spot, and that’s all that matters.

While Baltimore enjoys a much-needed bye next week, the Steelers will host the 6-0 Vikings and the Bengals will take on the 3-2 Bears. Here’s hoping the NFC North is better than the AFC North next Sunday.

Quick Impressions on the Ravens’ loss

Clark Judge of CBS Sports said not to blame Baltimore’s loss on Steve Hauschka, blame it on the defense. “For the third straight week [the defense] wasn’t good enough,” said Judge.

“Maybe at this point, we should stop calling the Baltimore D vaunted,” said Don Banks of Sports Illustrated. The columnist reported the Ravens’ defense is allowing 42 percent more points than last season through six games.

ESPN’s AFC North blogger Kevin Seifert believes that if the Ravens had a few more seconds, they would have reached the end zone rather than trying for the field goal. “The truth was evident to anyone who sat through this one,” said Siefert. “The Ravens simply ran out of time.”

John Clayton of ESPN believes the Ravens are down, but not out. “The Ravens are one of the strangest 3-3 teams you’ll ever see,” said Clayton. “Sure, there is work to be done. But you get the feeling that the Ravens, who are only one game behind in the AFC North, will bounce back after their bye.”

In his weekly Ravens report card, Mike Preston gave quarterback Joe Flacco an A for his performance, but said the secondary deserved an F.

“Coach John Harbaugh has tried just about everything,” said Preston. “But the cornerbacks are average at best. Strong safety Dawan Landry has no presence in or outside the box. None of these guys break on the ball, and they miss a lot of tackles.”

“Baltimore’s secondary was victimized by Favre (21-for-29, 278 yards, three touchdowns),” said Sporting News’ Clifton Brown. “Even star safety Ed Reed is not good enough to cover up for all the shortcomings in the secondary.”

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