BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens continue to take care of business in their pursuit of home-field advantage for the playoffs, winning again Sunday as they remain tied for the top record in the AFC with the New England Patriots, Houston Texans and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here’s how the Ravens (10-3) manufactured their 24-10 victory over the winless Indianapolis Colts, a routine win that breaks an eight-game losing streak to the former AFC South power that has completely nosedived without Peyton Manning:
1. Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs is building a late campaign for NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. He recorded three sacks and three forced fumbles, harassing beleaguered Colts quarterback into miscues. Orlovsky completed only 17 of 37 throws for 136 yards, one touchdown in garbage time and an interception for a 53.4 quarterback rating.
Defensively, the Ravens stonewalled the Colts as they mustered only 167 yards of total offense, a dozen first downs, 50 rushing yards and went 2 for 14 on third downs.
2. Versatile running back Ray Rice rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, his second consecutive game over 100 yards after gaining a career-high 204 yards a week ago against the Cleveland Browns.
Rice surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the third consecutive year, tying the franchise record established by Jamal Lewis. He has rushed for 1,029 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns, also catching 62 passes for 593 yards and two scores.
3. Joe Flacco was efficient, completing 23 of 31 passes for two touchdowns and one interception for a 102.5 quarterback rating. He spread the football around, finding Torrey Smith five times for 57 yards and a touchdown and Anquan Boldin five times for 57 yards with his second touchdown pass delivered to tight end Dennis Pitta.
The Ravens had 358 yards of total offense, 24 first downs and converted 7 of 13 third-down opportunities.