Babes On Ravens: Big Win In Our Second Home

Featured, Sports and Bets — December 8, 2014 at 9:18 pm by

Despite a very slow start, the Ravens were able to bring home a much needed conference win yesterday 28-13. With the win, Joe Flacco is now 4-0 lifetime in Miami. The win puts the Ravens at 8-5, and very much alive for a wild card berth.

To say it wasn’t pretty in the first quarter would be an understatement. The Ravens had two three-and-outs, and they gave up two long drives to the Dolphins that resulted in ten points. With five presnap penalties early, it’s like the Ravens came right off the beach and decided to just barely show up for the game.

The loss of Ngata was evident in the first quarter, as Lamar Miller was able to break off some big runs. But after the first quarter, the defense stiffened and only allowed three points the rest of the way. CJ Mosley was once again a monster. He was all over the field making plays, and he even recorded a sack on Tannehill. In total, the Ravens took down Tannehill six times, with you-know-who leading the way. My man, Elvis, now shares the league lead with 16 sacks on the year. With that last sack, Dumervil broke Peter Boulware’s team record for sacks in a season that has stood since 2001. The pressure was immense all day, and it prevented Tannehill from taking advantage of the Ravens weakened secondary.

Speaking of the secondary, they got one corner back in Asa Jackson, but lost another one in Danny Gorrer to a knee injury. Asa looked pretty rusty in his return from an ankle injury, but the Ravens are going to have to throw him into the fire. Thankfully the Dolphins never tested the secondary deep, almost certainly because they knew they couldn’t protect Tannehill long enough for him to get the throws off.
Timmy Jernigan and Chris Canty stepped up in the wake of the Ngata suspension. (The Dolphins for the game only managed 63 yards on the ground.) Although Canty missed a huge tackle on a screen pass that he had sniffed out. Instead of tackling tight end Charles Clay for a 3 yard loss, he nearly scored. Luckily the Ravens defense then held Miami to a field goal thanks in large part to a great cross dog run blitz by Daryl Smith that dropped Lamar Miller in the backfield on first and goal.ds
The Ravens went three and out on three straight drives to start the game. They finally put a few first downs together on their fourth drive, and got down into the red zone. On a third and seven from the twelve yard line, Joe was blitzed and tossed up what looked like a pooch punt to Steve Smith. The pass was picked off by R.J. Stanford, and the Ravens still sported a zero on the scoreboard. I don’t understand why Joe would choose to throw the jump ball to 5’8″ Steve Smith in that situation? Never mind the fact that the pass was terribly under thrown, but why not choose pre snap to throw that to 6’3″ Marlon Brown or even Owen Daniels? That is simple math, Joe.
But other than that bad interception, I thought Joe Flacco played exceptionally well. He completed 25-33 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns. He also added another touchdown on the ground. The long touchdown drive he orchestrated at the end of the first half was why he gets paid 20 million dollars a year. A 13 play 97 yard drive, on which Joe went 7-9 for 63 yards and a touchdown. He also added 15 yards rushing himself. That drive was the a major turning point in the game.
The other major turning point in the game was when John Harbaugh decided to go for a fourth and one in Raven territory in the third quarter, down three points. The Ravens got the first easily on a QB sneak, and the offense would go on to score a touchdown on the drive. From that point on, the Dolphins had no chance. I’m usually conservative in my theory with going for it on fourth down, but only when it involves not taking three points early in a game. At this point of the game, I agreed with the call. I also agreed with the play call. Harbaugh knew his interior front line would get the job done, that is why they gambled. I’m really glad in that situation, that they didn’t decide to get cute and go play action. That wasn’t the area of the field where you go for it with play action. That was John Harbaugh saying I know you can’t stop our quarterback sneak. It worked and the Ravens never looked back.

The defense only allowed 125 yards total in the second half. The offense met their magic number of thirty rushing attempts to win the game. They did exactly what I expected they would, and ran right at Cameron Wake on the right side all day. The offensive line wore down the smaller defensive line, and as the game wore on, the gains got bigger and bigger. All three backs were involved, and all three backs averaged over five yards a carry.
The Ravens put their foots on the Dolphins’ throats and never let up. That’s what they have to do with these three remaining games. With a home game against the Jags, and then tough games against wild card contenders Houston and Cleveland, the Ravens need to maintain that mind-set. A 3-0 finish just might be enough to take home the division with Cincinnati struggling.

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