It was a great win in
· The Ravens defense put
· The Ravens offensive line exceeded my expectations. Chris Chester swapped out his tight end jersey for a lineman’s number and played very well. With two of the starters on the right side out for extended periods, you had to wonder if the line would show up. It did, and they have 145 rushing yards to show for their efforts. They provided decent protection for Joe Flacco and gave him plenty of time to pick his receivers.
· Speaking of Joe Flacco, the Delaware Flash had his best statistical day as a pro finishing with a QB rating of 102. I liked the fact that, after he and Derrick Mason mis-communicated on a route that nearly resulted in a
· Terrell Suggs having one his best days as pro.
· Willis McGahee showing the heart of lion. He gained 105 tough yards and scored the last TD. He’s clearly not 100%, as evidenced by his pass catch and run that ended in a fumble at the Dolphin 5 yard line. Last year he would have taken that to the crib.
· Sam Koch: He boomed them out all day and never gave the Dolphins great field position. Finally, a coffin-corner kick! Sam is quietly having a Pro Bowl year.
· The Fans: I don’t know how many Ravens fans were in Dolphin Stadium last Sunday, but whenever Todd Heap caught a pass, the “Heap” chant was clearly heard on the radio and TV broadcasts.
· Special Teams: Kickoff coverage remains terrible. It seemed that
NEWS & NOTES:
· The Brian Billick Coaching Tree is getting seriously pruned. Mike Nolan was fired in
· Ditto for Wade Phillips. Great coordinator, bad head coach. The death watch has been started by the
· Congrats to former Raven coach Mike Singletary. Or, at least I think so. You gotta wonder about taking a position coach and promoting him to the head job with so little coaching experience. I bet Mike Martz is sharpening his back stab maneuvers as you read this.
· The Redskins finally did something for
Last week I wrote in a fit of despair that the
I don’t like the spread for the
I pick the Raiders to cover and the Ravens to win, 17-13.