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Ravens offense flying high, defense still sharp

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The Ravens offense scored 40+ points for the first time since 2012 and the defense tormented Mike Glennon all day.

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Joe Flacco threw a career-high five touchdown passes, tying Tony Banks for the franchise's record, against the Buccaneers in the Ravens 48-17 win earlier today. Torrey Smith came out of hibernation by scoring two touchdowns from 15 and nine yards, finishing with four total receptions for 51 yards. Steve Smith had another big day, catching five passes for 110 yards and a ravishing touchdown. Smith stepped in front of Art Monk on the career receiving yards list, and currently holds the 17th spot all-time.

Among many firsts today, Kamar Aiken and Michael Campanaro also both hauled in their first career touchdown passes, the latter making an impressive leaping grab to close out the first quarter. Crockett Gillmore registered a pair of catches, the firsts of his career.

The Ravens running attack beamed under the Florida sun, running 32 times (not counting three kneeldowns from Tyrod Taylor), for 172 yards and a touchdown from Bernard Pierce, his first of the season. Justin Forsett led the group with 14 carries for 111 yards, including a 52-yard scamper to set up Torrey Smith's 15-yard touchdown reception.

Joe Flacco was protected all day behind a suspect offensive line. Not sacked or even hit once, Flacco frequently had ample time locate a receiver and throw the ball. The offense's lone miscue was a fumbled snap from Gino Gradkowski to backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

The defense had an excellent outing. The defensive unit recorded five sacks, including one from Terrell SuggsMike Glennon's afternoon was hellish, getting hit 15 times behind the line of scrimmage. Jimmy Smith broke the secondary's interception drought, picking off Glennon and returning it for 31 yards, which led to the Ravens' second TD. Darian Stewart would drop another interception later on. The Buccaneers were 2-12 on first down and neither Mike Evans nor Vincent Jackson had 100 yards receiving, and they only combined to score one touchdown.

On special teams, Sam Koch punted twice (59.5 yard average) and on both occasions pinned the Buccaneers deep in their own territory. Jacoby Jones returned two kickoffs for 81 yards, the longest going for 58. Justin Tucker was 2/3 on field goals, his only miss coming from a blocked 64-yarder.