Monday, December 21, 2009

RAVENS v. BEARS: The good, bad, ugly & Megan Fox


THE GOOD: The offensive line showed its mobility on swing passes and counters. Oniel Cousins did a very nice job cutting down the Bears defensive end on a flare from Joe Flacco to Ray Rice clearing a throwing lane for his QB…Marshal Yanda and Ben Grubbs were also very effective in space…Demetrius Williams’ play over the past two weeks have many questioning the usefulness of John Harbaugh’s doghouse. Regardless of whether or not Mark Clayton returns against the Steelers, Williams has to be part of the game plan…Todd Heap looked much more comfortable flanked outside and starting his routes from an upright position. He must be a central figure in Cam Cameron’s game plan v. Pittsburgh. Heap showcased those solid mitts and nice footwork leading to 5 meaningful catches for 56 yards and two scores…Cameron used Rice and Willis McGahee on the field together and the result was a 28 yard run by Rice on a reverse from the slot receiver position, sprung by key blocks from Yanda and Le’Ron McClain. Would be nice to see more of that…Antwan Barnes was the only defender to consistently apply pressure on Jay Cutler and he showed some versatility on an intermediate out pattern intended for Bears’ TE Greg Olsen…Lardarius Webb’s explosiveness in short spaces is evident in his ability to break on a play. He will be sorely missed…Tom Zbikowski was around the ball a ton although he was slow to break on a potential INT. He is playing more confidently…Kelly Gregg looked like the KG of old…Jarret Johnson’s best season continues despite playing injured…Domonique Foxworth looks like he’s getting hot at the right time. Let’s just hope it isn’t all about Jay Cutler’s obvious deficiencies.

THE BAD: Ray Lewis is often out of position in the middle of the field and he isn’t getting much help from his inside linebacker sidekick either…Punt coverage was uninspired and it cost the team six…The Wildcat Formation wasn’t really necessary and was far less effective than the Ravens’ base offense, not to mention they placed an already banged up Joe Flacco at risk…Matt Katula’s season long slump continues and he cost the Ravens 3…While it’s easy to make this call given hindsight, the decision to play Webb on special teams with the score 31-7 and given the team’s shallow depth at corner may cost the team significantly going forward…

THE UGLY: Webb’s season ending ACL tear…The sequence of downs on offense following the Ravens goal line stand in the second quarter can be described as sheepish offense at best. The meek may inherit the Earth but they won’t win football games…The only time you really noticed Terrell Suggs in a meaningful way came after the Haloti Ngata forced fumble and recovery. Suggs briefly took off his helmet in a celebratory way.

THE MEGAN FOX: Joe Flacco was extremely sharp going 21 for 29 with 234 yards, 4 TD’s and a 135.6 QB rating. He showed veteran poise hustling his team to the line of scrimmage after a questionable completion to Todd Heap along the left sideline. The quick snap preserved the first down and Heap’s 20 yard gain and it caught the Bears slightly out of position on Rice’s ensuing run of 8 yards to put the Ravens at the Chicago 10 yard line…Honorable Mention to the 1,700+ who contributed to clean up M&T Bank Stadium so meticulously that most would barely know the city was pelted with 21” of snow.

2 comments :

Jerry B said...

After watching the Packers try to stop Ben Roethlisburger with only 3seconds left in the game with a 3 man rush that gave the receiver "time" to get downfield, Roethlisburger "time" to find him and enough "time" to stay in the pocket, set his feet and deliver a perfectly thrown pass, one wonders what defensive coordinators think when they study game film. The purpose of a pass rush is to make the QB have to "rush" his throws, thereby reducing his accuracy. The fact that most, if not all, defensive coordinators seem to do the same damned dumb things week in and week out is mind boggling! If the Ravens expect to win in Pittsburgh next Sunday they had better pressure this guy for 60 minutes or he will beat them as he did 3 times last year......

Harryos29 said...

Harry OS 29 Dec 23rd..
... I agree with JERRY B. If we do not pressure BEN, and give him 7 seconds to pick out a receiver, Ben will find one and the Ravens will be 8-7.
.. Personally, I think the Ravens need to OUT SCORE the stillers in this game, if they are to have a chance to win this game
Merry Christmas to all Ravens Fans...
p.s We saw the Movie the BLIND SIDE last nite and thoroughly enjoed the movie about Michael Oher!!