The Ravens are now 5-2 after a throttling of the Falcons 29-7. With two in a row, we look at how each group performed this week.
Joe Flacco hit on 64% of his passes and threw for 2 Touchdowns. He also threw 2 interceptions as well, which definitely count against him. While one of the interceptions was just great play by the defensive back, the other was floater into the endzone with enough Falcons there to discourage it and was one of those throws that Flacco occasionally makes that makes you question your sanity. A nice first down run towards the end of the game and a perfectly thrown ball to Torrey Smith in the endzone on fourth and nine bump him back up to a B- on the day.
Running backs: B
Justin Forsett continues to separate himself from Bernard Pierce by gaining 95 yards on 23 carries for more than a 4 ypc average. He showed great speed, agility and even some strength by pushing the pile forward. Bernard Pierce might have nabbed the touchdown from the group, but he continues to look average by gaining less than 3 ypc on the day. Lorenzo Taliaferro had a few runs to help close out the day and couldn't make much of his time, but he should start getting more looks as he improves his pass protection.
Offensive Line: C+
Joe Flacco had moments with enough time to do whatever he wanted and he had moments where he was knocked around and ended with a single sack. The group did well with run blocking as they have been all year long but rookie Hurst on the left side got hit with 3 penalties. The Ravens have had some issues as of late with short yardage situations and allowing more pressure as the game goes on. The Ravens will be excited to have Eugene Monroe and Kelechi Osemele back soon and returning to better play on the left side.
Tight Ends: A
Owen Daniels started the game off right and is starting to become a trusted target for Flacco. Connecting on six of nine targets, most of them being in traffic, Daniels ended his day with a touchdown and 58 yards. Most of his production came during the first half as the Ravens got more into running the ball as the game got further away from the Falcons. There was another Crockett Gillmore sighting as he had one catch for 13 yards and the Ravens start to put him in more of their two tight end sets.
Wide Receivers: B-
Steve Smith was Steve Smith yet again, catching three balls on five attempts his way for 67 yards. Getting fired up and getting hit with a penalty that was unnecessary and being lucky that he wasn't ejected for his little scrap cost this entire unit. Torrey Smith is starting to appear as he ended with three receptions on his five targets for 81 yards and a touchdown. Kamar Aiken and Michael Campanaro both showed up for a single reception on their lone targets and should be getting more involved in the offense as they get their 'garbage time' reps in and prove themselves more.
Offensive coordinator yet again put together a new flawless gameplan. Granted, it is pretty simple to run the ball when the team is doing as well with it as they have been, which has done a good job in setting up the pass. The designed rollouts aren't super frequent at this point in the season, but when used, they work so well they look like Flacco thinks he handed the ball off. Going for it on fourth and nine is ballsy, but Kubiak called the right play there and the team hit it with perfection.