The Baltimore Ravens played an impressive half of football today at M&T Bank Stadium. The other half, not so much. Baltimore jumped out to an early led after a Seneca Wallace interception by Lardarius Webb. A long pass interference penalty led to a Joe Flacco to Ed Dickson touchdown to put the Ravens up 7-0 early.
For the rest of the first half it was all Ravens, Flacco threw a beautiful over the shoulder pass to Ray Rice in the second quarter to put the Ravens up by three scores. Rice had a one-on-one match-up with a linebacker coming out of a wheel route and Rice was able to beat everyone to the end zone.
Flacco had an up and down day as he made some very nice plays with his arm and ran well when needed but he also threw a bad interception in the third quarter and overthrew a couple of wide open receivers as well.
Ed Dickson was poised to have a huge day as Flacco looked to the second year tight end early and often. Dickson then inexplicably dropped two easy catches that would have gone for big yardage and Flacco did not look his way again. One notable absence in the passing game was tight end Dennis Pitta. Many thought he would be much more involved with the loss of Anquan Boldin. I have to think Pitta would have made those catches...
The Lee Evans experiment did not go well today. When Evans was open Flacco either didn't see him or threw to him to late after the open window had closed. Then when they did design a play his way he was never open. Maybe these two should bunk together or something.
There were a couple of troubling injuries during the game. Marshal Yanda was removed from the game with a chest injury, Cary Williams also left with a concussion. David Reed, who seemed to be returning to form was then injured on a nice kickoff return as well.
The running game once again looked solid as Ricky Williams seems to be really coming on late in the season and Rice was unstoppable when they gave him the ball early.
It seems to me that once Baltimore felt they had a comfortable lead they decided to force the passing game and almost gave the game away. It is good they want to see what they have with some of these new receivers but every drive must be balanced to be successful, not just the run-pass ratio at the end of he game.
Shayne Graham Was two-for-two on field goal attempts but looked bad on kickoffs. At least we know between him and Billy Cundif we have one solid kicker. Next week is huge for this team. They need to win. That is all that needs to be said. With this win the Ravens have gone undefeated at home this season and 5-0 in the division. Not bad considering the mass exodus of veteran players in the off season.