Early in the second quarter against the Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens safety Lardarius Webb broke on a deep pass to make a spectacular interception of Ryan Tannehill. Lardarius ripped the ball away from receiver DeVante Parker in the end zone. Instant replay confirmed that Webb possessed the ball in bounds, giving the Ravens offense the ball at the 20 yard line after a touchback.
This play was special enough to earn Webb placement on Pro Football Focus’ list of the ten best players in Week 13...
Webb has had his fair share of issues this season as he transitioned to the safety position from cornerback, specifically with his open field tackling. But he has been playing much better since the Ravens’ Week 8 bye. Give credit where credit is due.
Webb has produced consistent pressure when coordinator Dean Pees has called on him to rush the passer. His tackling and coverage has also improved. Webb has broken up four passes over the last five games to go along with 23 solo tackles over the same period. And his Week 13 interception is the closest imitation Ravens fans have seen to the legendary Ed Reed, whose tenure patrolling the deep middle in Baltimore ended after winning the Super Bowl XLVII.
The Ravens need Webb to continue his strong play as they take on the dangerous Patriots and Steelers offenses in coming weeks, with a postseason bid on the line. Webb turned in one of his most complete games against New England in the 2011 playoffs. He baited Tom Brady into an important interception, and his coverage helped hold Wes Wekler, Julian Edelman and Deion Branch to 79 combined yards.
Another vintage showing from Webb would go a long way towards earning a crucial win in Foxboro on Monday night in Week 14.