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Ravens/Dolphins Post Game Recap

The Ravens got out of the gate early and drew first blood with 34 yard strike to Jeremy Maclin. They were up by 20 points going into halftime and you had the feeling that this game was over. This was a decisive win for the Ravens who pitched a shutout and dominated from the beginning. They get back to 500 and keep their season relevant for another week. Other comments on the game below.

  • First play from scrimmage the Dolphins running back Ajayi has his longest run of the season (21 yards) in part because the Ravens missed the tackle at the line of scrimmage – but he would gain only 2 more yards on the next 12 carries
  • Ravens run defense did an awesome job and held the Dolphins to 45 rushing yards and kept them in check which is hopefully the beginning of improving their run defense
  • Coach Pees and the Ravens defense did a better job on defense disguising their rushers especially in the first half
  • Sam Koch had a busy day as was expected but because he had the bigger leg he helped the Ravens with field position throughout the game
  • The Flacco to Maclin 34 yard TD pass was a thing of beauty and if you watched it closely you will see Maclin separate from the receiver in the last 4 steps to make the TD catch
  • 3rd and 2 and the Ravens pass for a one yard loss. When do you say to your OC that you are not going to do that anymore – seriously it has to stop
  • Alex Collins continues to impress with his dynamic running style gaining 113 yards on 18 carries – so glad he took up Irish dancing
  • Jimmy Smith missed a golden opportunity for an INT in the 2nd quarter but he didn’t miss his next opportunity in the 4th quarter
  • Alonzo should have been disqualified from the game for that dirty hit on Flacco.   Flacco had given himself up and Alonzo went for the head. While the Refs did nothing, I am fairly certain and hopeful that the league will suspend him for at least a game
  • Tucker makes a 55 yard FG look easy – this guy is flat out crazy good The Ravens defense looked pretty good against the worst ranked offense in the league. Let’s see how they look going forward against better teams
  • Suggs looked good tonight and played with a lot of energy, and he seems to play his best when you have the bright lights
  • You have to love the fight in Ryan Jensen for going after Alonzo after the dirty hit which he got away with from the Refs
  • There was no love lost between the Ravens and the Dolphins tonight and it was a chippy game throughout
  • Stanley, who has played pretty clean football this season, had a bad game committing a three penalties one of which cost a big gainer
  • Hopefully those silly fans out there that are always clamoring for Mallet to replace Flacco have finally seen the light
  • Yet another Ravens game where they burn 2 time outs for bad clock management – need to get better at that
  • Ravens running game was pretty solid and they did it against one of the better run defenses in the league
  • Bowser who only had a handful of snaps tonight managed to get a few penalties, he won’t get more snaps with that kind of play
  • Ravens receivers continue to struggle with the dropsies which has to be discouraging for the coaches
  • Ravens running game up the middle was impressive when you consider that the defense knew it was coming
  • Miami Dolphins lost their composure tonight and embarrassed themselves
  • Suh is a dirty player and I one day that it ends up costing him dearly
  • Congrats to the O line who did not give up a sack against some of the best in the sack business
  • Brandon Williams was stout in the middle and a big part of the defensive prowess for this game
  • I really like Tony Romo in the booth and I think he is doing a great job especially considering this is his first year doing broadcast
  • Tonight’s 40 to 0 win is the largest margin of victory for the Ravens
Game Predictions Game Statistics
Score Ravens 16 Dolphins 17 Ravens 40 Dolphins 0
Turnovers Even
Net Rushing Yardage Ravens 80 Dolphins 101 Ravens 174 Dolphins 45
Net Passing Yardage Ravens 171 Dolphins 181 Ravens 122 Dolphins 151

Miscellaneous Predictions

  • Thursday Night Football records its lowest TV ratings since starting in 2006 – Not sure, but it should have been
  • Ndamukong Suh dominates Ravens O line recording 3 sacks – Incorrect! No sacks
  • Justin Tucker hits two 50+ yard field goals  –   Nope, only one over 50
  • Refs make terrible calls  –   Correct, missed a face mask and at least 3 PI calls

Keys to the Game

  • Establish the passing game to open up the running attack – Nope, didn’t need to because the running game was productive
  • Pressure Moore and create some mistakes – Correct, Mosley’s pick six double sealed the game and Jimmy Smith’s pick six made it a blow out
  • Don’t give up any big plays – Correct, they kept the game in front of them

Ravens/Bears Post Game Recap

Harbaugh and the Ravens got beat at home by a rookie quarterback, and I must admit with all sincerity the better team won today. The Ravens were outplayed and out coached, and except for the special teams play there was not much to be happy about in this game. The Bears made it clear that they were going to run the ball (which they did 55 times) and the Ravens defense still could not stop them. The Bears won this game because they were the better tackling team and it was absolutely the difference today. This is gut check time for the Ravens and for the offense it is back to the drawing board who again have no rhythm on offense. Other rants on the game are below.

  • Ravens O line had a rough day and were pushed back by the big boys Goldman and Hicks
  • First play of the game Ryan Jensen gets a talking to by the Ref for being too nasty – you gotta love this guy’s intensity albeit he did not have a very good game
  • Sam Koch’s first punt of the game was a bomb! And it got it inside the 10 with not so much as a bounce
  • Ravens offense was 3 of 15 on 3rd down taking lame offense to a new level, they also didn’t score a TD today
  • La’Darius Smith got called for a PF which was absolutely a horrible call in spite of what you may heard from the Fox sports casters
  • Maybe it is me, but the picture on Fox TV is not a crisp as it is on CBS – just my opinion
  • Refs missed a blatant hands to the face from the nose guard on Ryan Jensen which ended up being one of many missed and bad calls on the day by the officiating crew
  • Apparently a punt returner who calls for a fair catch is fair game to have his jewels speared by an opposing player – without consequence I might add
  • Danny Trevathan is a stud and he was a menace to the Ravens all day long
  • When the Ravens offense starts sleepy listless – it tends to stay that way for most of the game
  • Penalties (8) again were a problem today for the Ravens and hurt them badly on both sides of the ball
  • Ravens front seven got beat bad today and the Bears ran all over them which is to say you should all be praying for Brandon Williams to return as soon as possible
  • Offense seems to have reverted to throwing 1 and 2 yard passes hoping for yards after a catch. It didn’t work last year and it is not working this year
  • I am officially calling the Perriman draft a bust – Ravens need to move on from him and give his reps to other guys. Mathews and Moore are not stud receivers but I like them more than Perriman
  • Red zone offense was pretty poor and it doesn’t help when your veteran quarterback has a delay of game
  • The Bears defense was the more physical defense today and they made the Ravens pay dearly when they caught the ball. If you don’t believe me just ask Williams, Watson, and Perriman
  • Jordan Howard had a big day against the Ravens and was the best offensive player on the field today
  • Matt Judon had a big day today and seemed to be around the ball all day long.  Judon also had 2 sacks
  • Bobby Rainey runs a kick off back and it was all because he played until the whistle. I would like however to discourage Ravens players from tackling other Ravens
  • How about that Campy getting that punt return for 6 points to tie the game – well done!
  • I did learn one thing today, Justin Tucker is a much better tackler than Flacco
  • Both interceptions on Flacco were off the hands of receivers and you should know that he is officially starting another game streak for interceptions.  I would be shocked if the 2018 draft did not include a quarterback in one of the early rounds

I would like to see Perriman make a few catches and build up his confidence.       Nope – 2 targets no catches
I would like to see a game where there are no Ravens assisted off the field.         Nope – None carted off but lost 2 more for the day
And finally, I’d like to a game where the Ravens don’t burn a time out because they can’t get the play snapped in time.     Nope – In fact they had 2 timeouts because they ran out of clock

Game Predictions Game Statistics
Score Ravens 24 Bears 16 Ravens 24 Bears 27
Turnovers Plus 1
Net Rushing Yardage Ravens 133 Bears 112 Ravens 125 Bears 231
Net Passing Yardage Ravens 242 Bears 177 Ravens 166 Bears 107

Miscellaneous Predictions

  •  Trubisky runs for 42 yards, and throws a pick        Incorrect, no picks but did have 32 yards
  • Collins breaks off a run of 25+ yards      Correct – He had a run of 30 yards
  • Mike Wallace has 7 receptions for 83 yards     Incorrect – just 3 catches for 30 yards
  • Refs make terrible calls       Correct – all day long

Keys to the Game

  • Stop the run and force them to throw      Nope – 55 carries for 231 yards says it all
  • Pound the rock and don’t drop it      Correct – 26 rushes is certainly being committed to it
  • Convert on 3rd down and move the chains     Nope – 3 of 15 on 3rd down is a total failure on the offense
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