Babes’ Monday Evening Quarterback: Ravens Run Wild In Tampa

Featured, Sports and Bets — October 13, 2014 at 9:38 pm by

Well,  this is going to be a fun piece to write. Raymond James stadium has always been good to the Baltimore Ravens, as it was the site of their first Super Bowl win. Sunday it played host to a Ravens bludgeoning of the Tampa Bay Bucs, 48-17. Watching this game reminded me of watching an SEC team play an out of conference, mid-major squad; the Ravens moved the ball at will on Tampa.
Joe Flacco was unbelievable in this game. His five touchdown passes in the first half helped the Ravens jump out to a quick 38-0 lead. Overall, he went 21-29 for 306 yards, with a near perfect QB rating. Flacco looked Drew Brees-esque as he dissected the Bucs secondary. I was extremely worried going into the game with the whole left side of the offensive line out with injuries, but the two rookies James Hurst and John Urshel did a great job of dealing with All Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and pass rushing extraordinaire Michael Johnson. Flacco wasn’t sacked, and he was barely touched all day. It’s no secret, in the four Raven wins, Flacco has not been sacked a single time. In the two losses, Flacco has been sacked  7 times.

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The line also was plowing open huge holes for the backs to run through. Justin Forsett got things going on the first drive by busting a 52 yard run that set up Flacco’s first touchdown throw. Forsett enjoyed easy running all day, going for 111 yards on 14 carries. It was nice to see Bernard Pierce get back into the mix as well. He carried the ball 15 times, just for 32 yards, but he did add a touchdown. His yards per carry is a little skewed though as Pierce played most of the second half when the Ravens were calling the bare minimum passing plays. Throw in Lorenzo Taliaferro and it can really be a nice committee between the three Ravens runners. Forsett is most effective when you limit his touches to around 15 to 18. Both Pierce and Tags can handle more of the workload inside, and it worked to perfection Sunday, as the Ravens in total ran over thirty times.
It was really nice to see Torrey Smith get involved early. He finished with 4 catches for 51 yards and he caught the first two touchdowns that Flacco threw. Smith was eating up the Bucs on slants and skinny posts as he was getting a free release off the line. It seemed the Bucs were so worried about getting beat over the top on the 9 route that they were conceding the inside to Smith. Coach Kubiak and Flacco identified it and exploited it, nearly to perfection. It may be cliche, but you take what the defense is giving you.
It was great to see Michael Campanaro and Kamir Aiken make TD grabs as well. Aiken has contributed already this year, but this was the first time Campanaro was active this year, as Marlon Brown was hurt. Campanaro’s first pro catch was a great leaping touchdown grab over a defender, and it makes for a very bright future for the slot receiver.
On the defensive side of the ball, it’s quite evident what pressure does for you. This was the first time all year that the Ravens got this kind of pressure every time on the quarterback. Suggs, Dumervil, Ngata, and Pernell McPhee all lived in Mike Glennon’s face yesterday, sacking him five times. Even the inside backers were getting in on the quarterback during interior blitzes. CJ Mosley is the best pass rushing inside linebacker the Ravens have ever had (yes I think he is a better blitzer then Ray), and Daryl Smith added a sack.

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The guy who stood out to me yesterday was Brandon Williams. He was getting deep penetration on just about every run play, and the Bucs had no answer for him. Glennon found himself behind on the down and distance all day because of the stout run defense, and that is why those pass rushers were able to tee off on every third down. Williams recorded three solo tackles, two assists, and a half a sack all from his defensive tackle position.  bw
Darian Stewart dropped an easy interception in the first quarter, that’s just about the only thing negative you can say about yesterday. It’s going to be a big addition to the secondary when Will Hill comes off suspension this week.
At 4-2, the Ravens come home to face a struggling Falcons team. However Matt Ryan is not a quarterback that can be taken lightly, so the Ravens need to keep this momentum going.

 

cover pic:  usa today (ap)

One Comment

  1. Where is Marlon Brown? And who did the talent evaluation decided to let Rainey go? Great game.

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