Late For Work 11/2: Moss To B-More? Don’t Hold Your Breath.

Also the Ravens’ most indispensable player and potential spoiler teams in the AFC North.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 at 8:54 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Moss To Baltimore? Don’t Hold Your Breath.

First he was waived. Then he wasn’t.

Finally, Head Coach Brad Childress put an end to the confusion, confirming it was in the Minnesota Vikings’ "best interests" to part ways with receiver Randy Moss less than a month after trading a third-round draft pick for him.

Minutes after the news broke, Ravens Flock members began speculating whether Moss would come to Baltimore. A 14-page, 280-comment (as of this morning) discussion ensued.

Some fans almost seemed offended by the idea while others thought the seven-time Pro Bowler would be a welcomed and productive addition.

But unless Moss comes as a visitor – agent Joel Segal told the Star Tribune that he has already received calls from the Miami Dolphins"don’t hold your breath"  for any Moss sightings in Charm City, advised ESPN’s James Walker.

Moss and his prorated $6.4 million salary could be a turn off for a Ravens team that already boasts an arsenal of receiving weapons.

"The Ravens believe in the right player for the right price, and the going rate for Moss is too high for Baltimore," wrote Walker. "The Ravens made a run on veteran receivers this offseason by acquiring Anquan Boldin, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Donte’ Stallworth. But I don’t see Baltimore making another big-name acquisition this late in the season.

"There aren’t enough balls to go around in Baltimore as it is. The team is off to a 5-2 start and is a Super Bowl contender without Moss. There’s no need to disrupt that chemistry."

What If ‘Indispensable’ Lewis Were Injured?

When quarterback Tony Romo broke his collarbone, everything the Dallas Cowboys had built was "destroyed."

ESPN The Magazine’s David Flemming used the incident as a catalyst for his list of NFL teams’ most indispensable players. Meaning, if these men were lost for the season, they would take their team’s grand plans down with them.

First on Fleming’s list? Linebacker Ray Lewis.

"Pay attention, because in your lifetime you might not see another 35-year-old defensive player take over games the way Lewis is doing this season," Flemming wrote. "(At least not until next season when he does it at 36.)

"Against the Bills, Lewis piled up 15 tackles and a sack before cinching the win in overtime with a forced fumble. It was the third time this season a play by Lewis locked up a "W" for Baltimore. Of course, if we gave out statuettes for this column, Lewis should accept his award and then hand it to Haloti Ngata – the guy who does all the dirty work in the trenches to free him up."

Team More Capable Of Playing Spoiler: Browns or Bengals?’s Ryan Mink pointed out that Part II of the Ravens’ schedule isn’t as easy as once perceived.  Only three remaining opponents have losing records and at least two of those teams could play spoiler.

Both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns are 2-5, but the Browns were awfully close to pulling off an upset in Round I and the Bengals did.

Walker wonders which team is more capable of playing spoiler in the future.

 "The Bengals have the talent to be dangerous, but their execution has been awful during their four-game losing streak," Walker wrote. "Cleveland plays more efficiently with less talent and also could be a tough out. Keep an eye on both division teams."

Who do you think presents the bigger threat?

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