The Ravens came out firing on all cylinders against the Indianapolis Colts today. Joe Flacco hooked up with Torrey Smith early and often in the first half. Cam Cameron mixed in some creative runs with Ray Rice and the Ravens got an early lead as each player came away with a first half touchdown. Torrey Smith continues to prove his validity as a play-maker by making catches on a variety of routes. Smith finished the day with five catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. Torrey also blocked well down field in the running game, he is improving in all aspects of his game. Now he just needs to learn how to fight out of those arm bars. Rice rushed for 103 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown and added another 46 yards on 6 receptions through the air.
The defense was dominant once again as Terrell Suggs had three strip-sack-fumbles. All three were recovered by Indianapolis. Suggs now has 13 sacks on the year and has to be the leading candidate for AFC Defensive Player of the Year. The Baltimore pass rushed harassed Colts new quarterback Dan Orlovsky all day. This, plus good play by the secondary lead to 17 for 37 for 136 yard day for Orlovsky. He added a passing touchdown in the final seconds of the game that you could see was much more about sticking it to the Ravens defense than being competitive in the game. Baltimore had removed a number of starters at this point, the game was never this close.
Baltimore was able to make a number of plays on intermediate routes in the passing game due to the big play ability of Smith and Evans on the outside. Let's hope this trend continues for the rest of the season as the middle of the field is much less congested now and it opens up a lot of room for players like Anquan Boldin and Ed Dickson.
The Ravens did not go without their bonehead plays though. Flacco threw a poor pass on an interception in the second half. Boldin could have helped his cause by batting the ball down at least. It appeared he gave up on the play. Ray Rice added a rare fumble in the second and Bryant McKinnie whiffed on a few blocks of Dwight Freeney that led to sacks. Baltimore still needs some work on their two minute offense it seems as they found themselves at third and long with two minutes left in the first half and were forced to punt.
All in all it was a good day for the Ravens though as this team seems to be gelling at the right time. They sit at 10-3 and atop the AFC north. Next week they head to San Deigo for what is sure to be a hard fought battle with the Chargers. Baltimore will need to prove they can win on the road as two out of their last three games come against quality opponents away from home.