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Ravens/Lions Post Game Recap

The Ravens showed you a glimpse of what they can be on the offensive side of the ball. Flacco was sharp, decisive and on target all day long. It was refreshing to see him look confident and in control throughout the game. Flacco’s numbers would have even been better had there not been so many drops from the receivers. This kind of play from the offense is coming just in the nick of time as the Ravens will face some very good offensive teams in the coming weeks. Other thoughts on the game are below:

  • Alex Collins had a huge day with 2 touch downs and some very physical runs. His speed around the corner is proving to be one of his greatest strengths and it was how he got into the end zone both times today
  • The Ravens reverse sweep play never seems to work in large part because it develops so slow and typically ends in a several yard loss
  • Very costly error on Stafford when he fumbled on 3rd down putting them just out of field goal range and a potential loss of 3 points
  • Wallace gets a drop, Moore gets two drops, Watson gets a drop, Maclin gets two drops – this is frustrating and if these balls had been caught we would have likely won by more than we did
  • Beautiful home run ball from Flacco to Wallace for one of the biggest plays of the season for the Ravens – so nice to see the Ravens push the ball downfield some of late
  • Raven linebackers are not doing well in coverage and we are giving way too many yards in the middle of the field
  • The first hit on Stafford didn’t happen until 5 minutes into the 2nd quarter but it was a big one by Weddle and created a turnover
  • Howard’s block in the back penalty on a 10 yard gain was costly and are the kinds of plays that are handicapping this Ravens offense this year
  • The Refs and the NY play review team got it right when they gave Wallace the catch at the 13 yard line
  • It seems to me that Pees is slow to dial up rush pressure until well into a game – I hope that he takes more risk in future games as our secondary really needs the help
  • Seeing Jimmy Smith fall to the ground was gut wrenching and you just had the feeling in the moment that it was season ending which was later confirmed to be a torn Achilles. Ravens are really going to miss him these next 4 weeks
  • Campanaro has to do a better job with ball security on punts, his fumble could have turn the momentum but was fortunately recovered by the Ravens
  • The Lions came out strong in the second half and scored twice on their first three possessions and did so without burning a lot of clock
  • Benjamin Watson has really turned out to be a great add to the Ravens and has proven to have one of the more reliable set of hands on this team
  • Huge stop by the Ravens defense on the Lions second possession in the second when the Lions failed to get a yard on third and one – well done Brandon Williams
  • Flacco was sharp today and he was hitting his targets in stride, unfortunately his receivers had the dropsies today
  • Henry’s PF penalty was a costly one and kept the Lions drive alive ultimately ending in a touch down
  • I love Webby but he no longer has the speed and skill to play in the secondary and compete like he once did
  • Prater, one of the best kickers in the game, misses a field goal and an extra point
  • Ravens O line didn’t open up many holes on the ground game and most of the yard that our RBs got was because of their jump cuts, but they did give Flacco enough time to get the ball out
  • The Ravens scoring after giving up two straight scores was gigantic and exactly the kind of response you want to see from your offense, another 3 and out would have been deadly
  • I have been noticing that the Ravens are giving up a lot of running yardage on the edges and today two touchdowns were scored against them going around the edge
  • Marlon Humphrey was introduced to the NFL in a big way today and was targeted several times giving up several big plays, but in the 4th he did come up big with an interception and gutsy return
  • Loved seeing Suggs on the sidelines talking to the defense after they gave up 3 scores, and what does Suggs do when he gets back on the field but get a sack to set the tone and lead by example
  • Wallace had a big day with 5 receptions and 116 yards which is what you need and expect from your number one
  • Best of the best TD celebrations goes to Alex Collins who mimed a tug of war with the O line and pulls them to the ground – funniest one I have seen this year
  • Tucker is a game changer special teams player and his 51 yard FG with 7 minutes left was big and made it a two score game
  • Weddle was big today with a forced fumble and pick six – so glad to see this bounce back after a few subpar games
  • Ravens defense gave up a lot of yards today, but they also took the ball away 3 times and scored on one of them. This will give you winning football almost all the time
Game Predictions Game Statistics
Score Ravens 27 Lions 24 Ravens 44 Lions 20
Turnovers Plus 2 Plus 3
Net Rushing Yardage Ravens 138 Lions 81 Ravens 101 Lions 78
Net Passing Yardage Ravens 188 Lions 269 Ravens 269 Lions 294

Miscellaneous Predictions

  • Suggs continues his great play with another sack      Correct!
  • Buck Allen leads the Ravens with 13 carries        Nope, just 7 carries
  • Ravens commit 7 penalties for 85 yards       Incorrect, Ravens played clean with just 2 penalties for 25 yards
  • Refs make terrible calls       Correct, missed a blatant holding call on the Lions first score

Possible Friday Monday morning headlines

  • Ravens win their 3rd straight for first time this season

Keys to the Game

  • Play ball control offense and convert on 3rd down      Correct, moved the ball well throughout the day but could have been better on 3rd down conversions
  • Pressure Stafford and force some mistakes      Correct, a fumble and one interception were key
  • Play fast and get the lead early     Correct, Ravens jump out to a 20 to nothing lead in the first half

One comment

  1. Mitch says:

    For the first time this year, the Ravens resembled an NFL offense. While the offense played well above average Sunday, even maintaining an average (middle of the pack) offense for the last 4 games should be sufficient to win 3 of the remaining 4 games which would most likely result in a wild card spot. It will be interesting to see if this is a trend or a one game wonder (recall Miami game last year at home). This team will be sufficiently tested on both sides of the ball this coming Sunday, and it will be a true barometer of where they stand.

    The defense, with Jimmy Smith out, will need to have at least 20 points a game generated by the Offense. Even with better depth at corner, it will take Humphrey’s (if he can stay healthy) a number of games to really figure it out. He will be consistently tested, and in the short term, will definitely give us some plays as he did Sunday. In the long term, I think he will be a very good to excellent corner.

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