Ravens Bully Matt Ryan, Falcons, 29-7. Sieze First Place Over Faltering Bungles

Featured, Sports and Bets — October 19, 2014 at 6:58 pm by

Dude.  It is great to see Baltimore defense dominating an opponent.   The Ravens smothered the Atlanta Falcons today, sacking Matt Ryan five times and limiting the Falcons to sixty eight yards rushing.  The Ravens also turned Atlanta over once on a Matt Ryan fumble during a Pernell McPhee sack.  The Black Birds stopped Atlanta twice on fourth down, which is a turnover on downs, and should therefore be counted as a turnover.  (At least in my opinion, babes.)

The Ravens notched up the pressure on Ryan with several blitz packages early and they seemed to place an onus on limiting Julius Jones, holding the elite wide-out to 56 yards on 5 catches.  While other elite wide-out, Roddy White, enjoyed a 100 yard afternoon with a touchdown catch included, that touchdown catch didn’t come until the middle of the fourth quarter, and the Ravens seemed content to allow White to get his, while limiting the big play ability of Jones.  Shutdown Jones from the big play while harassing Ryan and the day is yours.  That’s exactly what the Ravens did.

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And the pass rush has been monstrous.  The Ravens had five total sacks on the season entering last week’s contest with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  They now have fifteen sacks on the season after registering five sacks in each game of the past two weeks.  Defensive Coordinatoor Dean Pees seems to be dialing up the pressure for sure, and blossoming hybrid Pernell McPhee is blossoming into a third down Godzilla.  Throw him in with the all around toughness of T-Sizzle and the relentless style of Elvis Dumervil and it’s sack city.  Sack, sack city, bitch.

Yeah, T-Sizzle put the game away with a sack for safety with 3:39 remaining in the ballgame.

Meanwhile the offense again performed well, racking up 371 total yards and producing with both the run and the pass.  Joe Flacco had a mixed bag kind of day, leading the offense effectively by going 16-25 for 258 yards and throwing 2 TDs, one of which was a great throw to Torrey Smith on a fourth down play in the fourth quarter to put the game officially out of reach.  But Joe also threw two picks in the end zone.  The game could have been put away much sooner.  One pick in the red zone is one thing, sometimes it happens.  But two in one game is pretty much inexcusable.  (Though the second pick would have never happened had Torrey Smith not dropped a sure TD on the previous play.)  But Flacco was good enough for the rest of the afternoon and the defense was dominating in the win.  Against a better team, red zone picks can’t happen.  Joe, of course knows this, and these kind of turnovers aren’t the norm for Flacco.

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Game Notes

Owen Daniels had a real solid day and was the focus of the passing game early.  He finished with 6 catches for 58 yards and a TD.

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Torrey Smith led all Ravens’ receivers in yards with 81 on three catches.  He had that last TD and he also drew a big pass interference penalty on the Ravens’ first drive which set up the touchdown throw to Daniels.

Justin Forsett’s incredible season continues.  Had had 95 yards on 23 carries.  Personally, I’d like to see him get more pass catching opportunities.  I think he’s a real weapon on screen plays.

Jacoby Jones fumbled a punt on a return.  His struggles continue.  If he can get the big play magic back on special teams- look out, the Ravens will be scoring forty a week.

The CJ Mosley show continues.  He destroyed Steven Jackson on the second play of the game, coming off the edge and stopping the veteran for no gain.  The play seemed to set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.

The Cincinnati Bengals got shut out 27-0 in Indy.  They are 0-2-1 over their last three games.  This of course mean the Ravens are in first as they travel up to Cincy for a week eight, AFC North showdown.

Bring it, babes.


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