New Number 1 Scoring D Takes Over

Featured, Sports and Bets — October 20, 2014 at 8:41 pm by

The Ravens blasted the Atlanta Falcons, 29-7,  for their second straight blowout victory Sunday.  In doing so, the Ravens established themselves as the number 1 scoring defense in the NFL.  Yes, we should temper our enthusiasm  just a smidge, considering our last two opponents were both from the God-awful NFC South.  But nonetheless, the Ravens disposed of the Falcons in dominant fashion and you can only play the team in front of you.  By doing so, the Ravens find themselves alone atop the AFC North standings with a huge divisional game looming against the struggling Bengals.

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Even though it didn’t come as easy as last week, the offense still got the job done.  The flow of the game dictated that the Ravens keep the ball on the ground for the most part, as Flacco only threw 25 times.  Justin Forsett led the way with 23 carries for 96 yards.  All in all, the Ravens ran the ball 35 times en route to earning this victory.  Joe did have two interceptions, one of which I believe was his fault.  The first pick was a deep shot in the end zone where he had one on one coverage with Torrey Smith.  You would like Smith to either come down with the catch or break up the interception, but sometimes bad things happen, as the corner made a great play on the ball.  The second pick was Joe’s fault as he lofted the ball to the end zone, as he often does, but there was too much traffic in the end zone for that type of throw.

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Owen Daniels had himself a lovely day, grabbing six balls for 58 yards and a touchdown.  Daniels has established that rapport with Flacco that Dennis Pitta had as a security blanket.   Crockett Gilmore added a catch as well, but I would like to see a bit more of his involvement in the passing game.  Same goes for Kyle Juszczyk who added one catch.  The more those secondary guys get involved in the passing game, the more diverse the offense becomes.  I thought the Ravens did a good job of staying away from Atlanta’s best cover man Desmond Trufant ,who was covering Steve Smith.   Smith still had three grabs, and his best one came on a screen pass that he took 49 yards downfield with his superior run after the catch ability.

The offensive line played average in my opinion.  James Hurst seems to have one good game, then one bad one.  Flacco was only sacked once, but he was hit and hurried multiple times.  Hurst seemed to be very confused on a few of the blitzes that the Falcons were deploying.  The right side of the line did its normal fantastic job pass protecting, and clearing running space.  You know the best thing about Rick Wagner? Nobody talks about Rick Wagner.

On to what could be the best defense in the NFL.  It’s the best scoring defense for sure, as they nearly shut out a pretty good quarterback in Matt Ryan.  Suggs, Dumervil, and McPhee were up Matt Ryan’s ass everytime he dropped back to pass.  That trio was responsible for five sacks, a forced fumble, and a safety.  The Ravens need to sign McPhee to an extension asap.  He is a dominant pass rusher, and he is young.  Both Suggs and Dumervil are getting up there in age, that is why signing McPhee is imperative to the future of this defense.  I don’t want him to be the next Art Jones and fly away to a big payday somewhere else.  The guy is verastile, he can play the run, and he is constantly pressuring the quarterback.  He has four sacks so far this year, so this would be the perfect time to sign him because he is still a bit under the radar.  By the time he has double digit sacks at the end of the year, he is going to be out of our price range.

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The entire defense played outstanding, as the Falcons were limited to 68 yards on the ground.  And it wasn’t for a lack of trying, as they tried to run the ball in the first half.  The Ravens were even able to contain Antoine Smith from breaking one of his long touchdown runs,  This defense has a lot of pieces that they use effectively to keep everyone fresh, and Will Hill is the latest addition to that list.  That guy is going to make plays for this defense, you can just tell by looking at him.  His stature and size remind me of the late, great safety Sean Taylor, hopefully he plays like him as well.

Jimmy Smith dropped what would have been his second interception in as many weeks.  There will never be an easier opportunity in his career but again, shit happens.  Personally, I would like to see more interceptions.  The secondary has only one pick all year, and the defense has just four total.  We need more ball hawking in the secondary, especially since the front seven is getting pressure on a consistent basis.

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At 5-2 and riding high, I couldn’t think of a better time to head into Cincy, especially with them reeling.  The Ravens need to continue the pressure defense, and continue to run the football.  If they execute those two aspects, they will win the game in Cicny.  The Bengals yielded 171 yards on the ground to the Colts, and were shut out.  Its time to press those winnings, Babes.

 

 

 

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