OWINGS MILLS – With right guard Marshal Yanda and left tackle Ronnie Stanley expected to play Sunday against the Steelers, the Ravens should have their starting offensive line intact for the first time since Week 3.
Does that mean the Ravens’ offensive issues are solved? Not necessarily, but it’s a good place to start.
“In the NFL, it starts up front winning the line of scrimmage,” said Yanda, a five-time Pro Bowler who has missed the last two games with a shoulder injury. “When we do that, we usually have success. When we don’t do that and don’t protect the quarterback, things usually don’t go our way.”
The Ravens have a myriad of things to solve offensively, but consider this. They are 3-0 with Stanley in the lineup, and 0-4 without him. The Ravens drafted Stanley with the sixth pick overall, and when healthy, he has lived up to his billing as solid protector for Joe Flacco’s blindside.
Flacco doesn’t like making excuses, or throwing his teammates under the bus. But with Stanley back, Yanda back, and Alex Smith moving back to left guard, Flacco’s comfort level in the pocket Sunday could lead to him performing better than he has recently.
“It’s just nice to see guys healthy,” Flacco said. “They want to be part of the team and contribute, so it’s nice to have them back out there for sure.”
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