The Ravens defeated the Colts 23-16 in week 16. Below are three winners and three losers.
Joe Flacco: Is Joe Flacco heating up at the right time or what? He continued his streak of strong performances against the Colts, throwing for 237 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. The offense continues to improve every week.
Mike Wallace: Mike Wallace is part of the reason for Flacco’s improved play as of late. He is clearly Flacco’s go to guy, and that showed again tonight as he put up 60 receiving yards on 4 targets. Wallace is the closest thing Baltimore has to a legit receiving threat, and he’s finally showing up these last few weeks.
Maurice Canady: Although he dropped a gimme interception early in the game, Maurice Canady definitely made up for it when he made the game winning deflection on a 4th down pass to WR T.Y. Hilton. As a 6th round pick, Canady has battled through injuries for most of his first two years in Baltimore, but his hard work and patience seems to finally be paying off. The Ravens have a slew of young good cornerbacks.
Eric Weddle: Weddle had a very good game. However, the only reason Weddle lands on this list is because of two dropped interceptions, the second of which would have ended the game sooner. It was pouring rain and several players dropped interceptions, including C.J. Mosley and Maurice Canady, but Weddle let two go right through his hands, which would be costly against a better team.
Breshad Perriman: With wide receiver Jeremy Maclin out this was a golden opportunity for Perriman to make some plays. He finished the night with only two catches for 14 yards, allowing Michael Campanaro and Chris Moore to outshine him yet again. This is more production than the Ravens have gotten from Perriman in most games this year, but it’s still so disappointing seeing him make such a little impact as a first round pick.
Pass rushers: The Ravens pass rush failed to deliver much pressure for the majority of the game. Jacoby Brissett had plenty of time to throw behind a banged up Colts offensive line that has allowed the most sacks in the league. Luckily they were able to get to Brissett when it mattered most at the end of the game, but they can’t afford to give better quarterbacks this much time to work with. We saw how that ended against the Steelers and Big Ben, who threw for over 500 yards.