Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ravens v. Lions: The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox

The Good: Joe Flacco rebounded nicely from a horrific performance in Green Bay. His long touch pass down the left sideline to Todd Heap was a thing of beauty, particularly in the subpar conditions…Speaking of Heap, say what you will about his lack of play-making in the passing game but the guy was lights out on Sunday supporting the run with solid blocking on the edges…Derrick Mason showed again why he may be the toughest Raven pound for pound when he bounced off two Lions’ DB’s en route to a 62 yard TD…Lardarius Webb was all over the place defending 2 passes, making 7 tackles a few of which were in run support and 1 behind the line of scrimmage…Chris Carr continues to improve as a punt returner and is rewarding Jerry Rosburg for staying with him so long in that capacity…Sam Koch continues to bail out long snapper Matt Katula with his very solid hands as a holder.

Bad: The Ravens’ pass rush continues to disappoint. Why Terrell Suggs is asked to play zone pass coverage in the middle of the field on third and 14 is a mystery. C’mon Mr. Mattison, you know better than that, don’t you?...Matt Katula’s snapping slump continues. He should make a sizeable contribution to Sam Koch’s bank account.

Ugly: Troy Smith dancing after his TD run to make it 47-3. Not only was the dance ugly, it was classless as well.

The Megan Fox: This week’s MF recipient is split between the offensive line and the three-headed monster. Everyone on the front line played very well, particularly Ben Grubbs, Marshal Yanda and Oniel Cousins. Cousins’ play has to be considered a very welcomed surprise for the team’s offensive coaching staff. The second year player is raw but has shown impressive progress…Ray Rice, what can you say – he is the Ravens’ single most explosive and dynamic player. Willis McGahee showed patience and good vision while taking advantage of the cutback lanes and Le’Ron McClain’s will to succeed is infectious.


Jerry B said...

No mention of Ray Rice's outstanding performance? You must be slipping, TL! Agree with other assessments. Interesting hearing J.O. talk about Oher moving permanently to the "Blind Side", which is not only his "natural" position, but would provide more speed than Gaither, who could probably make the transition to RT without much touble. Look for Jay Cutler to put a "hurt" on our secondary IF Mattison insists on dropping LBs into coverage in lieu of the pass rush - either the guy doesn't "get it" or he's just plain stubborn! And, of course, there's "Big Ben" on the 27th who always hurts us........

Harryos29 said...

Harry os 29 dec 16th
I liked the changes in the offensive line. If JO approves.why not do it?