Ravens Stay in Hunt With Big Road Win In Miami. Smash Fins 28-13.

Featured, Sports and Bets — December 8, 2014 at 10:50 am by

Baltimore Ravens v Miami Dolphins

It was hideous to start. The Ravens brought their meh-game to Miami in the first half, looking soft and undisciplined en route to spotting the Fins at 10-0 lead.  The defense came out looking awful, missing tackles and jumping offsides every five minutes, and the offense was going three-and-out and dropping passes like typical road Ravens.  When Joe Flacco threw an ugly interception off of his back foot and into the end zone, ending the first Raven threat of the afternoon, the texts starting hitting my phone like Mayweather.

“We suck.”

“I’m done.”

“Typical shit.”

“Fuck these guys.”

(These are a few of the tame ones.)

But the Ravens buckled down a bit defensively and then Flacco was able to put together a masterful 97-yard drive to end the half and the Ravens trailed by just three at the break, 10-7.

After the half  it was all purple and black. Flacco carried over the rhythm he had gotten into on the team’s final drive of the half and Coach Kubiak mixed in some effective run plays that kept the Dolphins honest.  The Ravens pulled in front in the third with a 13 yard, Joe Flacco to Kamar Aiken TD strike.  Then in the fourth, the Ravens completely took the game over with an eighty yard drive that ended in Justin Forsett’s eighth touchdown run of the year, and an eighty-one yard drive that featured two big run plays to the right- a forty-four yarder by Forsett, and a 24-yarder by Bernard Pierce. The Ravens had simply worn the Dolphins down. Baltimore outscored the Dolphins 21-3 in the second half and asserted themselves as the team that simply wanted it more. The Ravens needed that kind of heart-felt effort after the shit-the-bed special last week versus San Diego.

This was a huge win on many levels. It keeps the Ravens in the playoff chase and it was a big win on the road against a quality team. With three more winnable games left to play, the Ravens can stake their claim to another double-digit win season and hopefully, another seat at the playoff table.

Baltimore Ravens v Miami Dolphins

Game Notes

Elvis Dumervil recorded 3.5 sacks today and now has the Raven team record for single-season QB put-downs.  He now has 16 on the year and he has already bested Peter Boulware’s old record of 15 with three more games to play. I’m real happy his old agent still used a busted up old fax machine a few years ago when trying to get a deal done in Denver. Without Doom, this D would really be up shit’s creek.

Corners Anthony Levine and Danny Gorrer both left with injuries.  Levine suffered a concussion, so who knows when he’ll be back, and Gorrer was carted off of the filed with a knee problem.  This is not good. The Ravens only had two corners playing after those dudes went down.  That spells trouble, babes.  It’s extremely mystifying why the Dolphins didn’t attack the secondary more.

Speaking of the secondary, they played well.  Sure, they were helped by a dominant Raven pass rush and Miami’s refusal to even attempt to throw the ball deep, but regardless, they didn’t get beat deep and they helped shut down the Dolphins in the second half.  Asa Jackson-welcome back.  And Mike Wallace, who???

The Ravens sacked the Dolphins’ sometimes real, sometimes pretend quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, six times today.  Several times Doom and Suggs met at Tannehill’s grill, which is exactly what Ozzie had in mind when he signed Dumervil away from Denver.

Kamar Aiken filled in admirably for Torrey Smith, who’s knee flared up on him in warm-ups.  Aiken, who hails from beautiful Hollywood, Florida, caught six passes for 65 yards and a touch.  Kid is comin’ ’round.  And so is Marlon Brown, who caught three passes for thirty yards.  A lot of Brown’s catches seem to be in big moments.

Baltimore Ravens v Miami Dolphins

John Harbaugh got his nuts back, going for a fourth and inches in the third quarter at the Ravens’ own 34 yard line.  Flacco dove ahead for two yards and converted.  It was the moment of the game.  The Ravens went on to score at the end of that drive and Baltimore dominated from then on.  This is why you don’t punt.  Harbaugh showed both faith in his offense and his defense by making the call that he did.  It was a big moment for this club and if the Ravens get into the playoffs, it will be a defining moment on the season.  I hate punting and I FUCKING LOVE THE FACT THE HARBS WENT FOR IT THERE ON FORTH DOWN.  YOUR NUTS HAVE OFFICIALLY GROWN BACK INTO YOUR SACK, COACH.

Flacco finished 25/33 for 269 yards, 2TDS, an INT, and a rush TD. He looked great except for the shitty pick, but that throw’s ancient history.  The protection for Joe was on point. The Dolphins and their feared pass rush only notched one sack. The Ravens listened to Babes and ran right at Cameron Wake and Ravens right tackle Rick Wagner dominated the Miami defensive end.  What a find Wagner has been.  He’s playing at an extremely high level and he wore down and shut down Wake.  Go ahead and look at the box score, Wake isn’t in it.

Next week the playoffs continue with a home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Ravens can’t sleep on it, they probably need to win out- remember?

stats: NFL

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