28 point first quarter, as Ravens cruise
When you score TD’s on your first 5 possessions of the game, while holding your opponent to under 100 total yards in the first half, there is not much to say. The Ravens took the opening kickoff ran 4 plays for 80 yards and scored on a TD pass from Flacco to T. Smith and set the tone early. This team was ready to play from the opening whistle and dominated the game. Anything positive that the Bucs managed to pull off was long after this game was over. It was 38 – 0 at the half. The defense sacked Glennon 5 times and hit him 15 times. The pressure was unforgiving all afternoon.
How do you grade perfect? The Ravens scored on their first 6 possessions of the game to take a 38 – 0 lead to the locker room. Flacco threw 5 TD’s and had over 300 yards. Torrey Smith had 2 TD’s in the first quarter both on skinny posts. Steve Smith had a long TD catch after a beautiful play action fake from Flacco. The passing game was so good that Kamar Aiken and Michael Campanaro caught TD passes as well. Justin Forsett had over 100 yards on the ground and Bernard Pierce ran well and got into the end zone. On the ground the Ravens averaged 4.6 yards a rush and Joe Flacco was untouched all game. As complete an offensive performance as I can remember. Make shift OLINE handled everything it saw today…nice bounce back.
The game was long over and the Ravens had retreated into a shell D before Tampa scored. 5 sacks, 15 QB hits and a Jimmy Smith INT. Until the 4th quarter Tampa had no room to run at all. Nice green dog blitzes from D. Smith and C. Mosley today. B. Williams had maybe his best game as a Raven.
Special Teams: A-
Koch only punted twice but averaged 59.5 yards a kick, with one downed inside the 20. Justin Tucker had a FG blocked at the end of the half from 64 yards. Nothing of interest in the return game from either side except Jacoby Jones has 2 kickoff returns for 81 yards; he also fielded punts well, but did have a dropped pass.
Coaches/Game Plan: A+
The aggressive play calling from both sides of the ball from the opening whistle was great to see. They went right after a bad team and ended this game early. The biggest concern must have been the heat factor…something that the Ravens made sure was never an issue. Nice bounce back from an uneven performance last week. Road wins are tough to come by in the NFL no matter who you play. Coming off a loss last week and then seeing Pittsburgh lose at Cleveland (well get crushed) and Cincinnati tie Carolina at home today, this division is wide open. If the OLINE can protect Joe and the D gets pressure on opposing QB’s the Ravens are a dangerous team. Atlanta comes to town next week so the D must be ready!