With the NFL trade deadline only a week away, the Baltimore Ravens have to seriously consider as to whether or not they will make a move. Even with the trade deadline's reputation as a quiet period where very few teams do anything, the Ravens may be in a position where they have to do something.
This week saw the Ravens suffer a humiliating 43-13 loss to the Houston Texans. The 30-point loss was the most lopsided defeat that the Ravens have suffered during the Harbaugh era and it raises serious concerns about several positions that were clearly exposed as weaknesses.
Even though they are still 5-2 and have the second best record in the AFC, the Ravens should be worried after that performance. The Texans completely dominated them, which means that the gap between the two teams is a lot bigger than most experts had thought.
Even with the second best record in the AFC at 5-2, the Ravens have some difficult games on deck, and in a murky AFC, it's far too soon to know for certain that the Ravens will win their division or even that they'll make the playoffs.
Injuries have played a major part in the Ravens' struggles this season. Amazingly, their four defensive Pro Bowlers from last season have all suffered injuries, with only Ed Reed not missing time due to being hurt. And even though Terrell Suggs is back in action earlier than anyone could have dreamed, he's not going to be able to cover up all the weaknesses that they have on defense.
Here's a look at the trade deadline wish list for the Ravens if they do decide to do something. There are options for players that they can go out and get. What remains though is for them to gauge whether or not any of these players can sufficiently fill a need and potentially be a player that helps to ensure games like the one at Houston don't happen again.