Tuesday, September 14, 2010

RAVENS @ JETS: The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox


Sometimes teams play to win. I never got that sense from the Ravens last night particularly with some of the bashful play calling from Cam Cameron when backed up near their own end zone.

But the Ravens did refuse to lose thanks to another stellar defensive effort from the Ravens and costly mistakes from the Jets.

This was a game very reminiscent of many Ravens' wins over the years - tough, physical and painful to watch.

THE GOOD: Haloti Ngata was a force defending the run and he was a menacing presence for Mark Sanchez recording two QB hurries and a sack. He also was in position to intercept an errant screen pass but was a half-step late...Ray Lewis was big on the stat sheet but when he did make a tackle Jets' players didn't even have to get up to see if it was 52 -- they knew. Lewis also blew up a key3rd and 2 attempt by the Jets, exploding into the backfield to destroy FB Tony Richardson's lead block for Ladainian Tomlinson. The result - loss of one...Underrated contributor Chris Carr was solid in coverage locking up Braylon Edwards while Fabian Washington was efficient while checking Jericho Cotchery. Todd Heap, save the dropped touchdown played like he was 5 years younger. Hopefully his shoulder injury is nothing serious... David Reed played on special teams like he appreciates life in the NFL. That's an encouraging sign. Let's not forget that a couple of players will need to go when Cary Williams returns on September 26 and Ed Reed on October 24.

THE BAD: The punt coverage teams were weak and the tackling effort suspect. Punt returns were awful and Tom Zbikowski's decision making deep in Ravens territory was nearly fatal to the Ravens cause...McGahee's fumble was a big momentum changer...Ray Rice seemed to allow the emotion of the game to get the better of him and didn't play with as much control. His 2 yards per carry average is your proof.

THE UGLY: Joe Flacco looked like a deer in the headlights of a green truck and he was trucked on the offense's very first play. On a three step drop when the linemen are cut blocking, he has to get rid of the football otherwise as we witnessed, the results can be disastrous. His over throw of a wide open Le'Ron McClain in the end zone towards the end of the first half was embarrassing for a player who is supposed to be a franchise QB. The interception by Antonio Cromartie was the result of a quarterback predetermining where he was going with the football regardless of the defensive coverage. On a third and 2 from the Jets' 7 yard line with 7:16 left in the third quarter and the Ravens holding a 7-6 lead Flacco threw low and behind Ray Rice running a little angle route. It should have set up no worse than a first and goal from the 3 but instead the team had to settle for a 25 yard Cundiff field goal.

MEGAN FOX AWARD: Anquan Boldin is a dependable playmaker. He chipped in with 7 grabs for 110 yards during a night that offered next to no offense. Many of his catches were in traffic. He just wants the ball more than defenders and snatches the ball out of the air with those big strong mitts. Welcome to Baltimore Q and to your first MFA.






6 comments :

Harryos29 said...

HarryOS29 Sept 14th
...Great Game last nite..maybe they should give out 3 game Balls. Chris Carr, held up on the corner, Boldin, was just what the Ravens bargained for when they signed him: ...He is invaluable to this team. I am not looking forward to the day when Ray Retires.
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I know that this was a critical game, aren't they all? However, I would like to see DAVID REED, # 16, not to be confused with the other player of the same last name, back there running back PUNTS.MEGAN FOX was right on ...as Always...

Ben said...

Tony,

I have to disagree with you on the Flacco criticism. While yes the first play is on him, as he should have gotten rid of the ball if no one was open instead of taking the sack (which caused the fumble), his play after was lights out. Really he was manipulating the defense (the number one pass defense a season ago no less) and putting it on receivers in tight windows. Heap dropped a touchdown, the pass to McClain appeared to be a miss-communication between the two as perhaps Joe thought Le'Ron was going to continue to the corner of the endzone instead of stopping. What was evident was Joe stood in the pocket till the last possible second to release that ball last night, and really the Jets had no choice but to hold the receivers as they were getting blown by. Also the run game was not helping him by any means last night as it took the running backs till the third quarter to get anything going on their carries.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I have to disagree about Flacco. I think you've been a little hard on him lately. Maybe you should lower your expectations, he's not going to be Peyton Manning but he is the best we've had in years.

Anyway, I think Flacco grew up a little bit last night. He made a lot of early mistakes, the Jets were in his face and they took his "blankie" Mason and the running game away from him. In years past if those 3 things had happened, no matter how well the D played, it would have been a Ravens loss. Flacco made some very clutch throws last night. He does still have some work to do but I give him the benefit of the doubt. He had 100 yards more than the Jets defense gave up on average a season ago. That counts for something.

I also think its sort of ironic that you praise Heap and Boldin. Somebody had to get the ball to those guys. Bulger didnt step in on those plays.

Phil said...

Tony,
You must have been drunk watching the game. Wayyyyy too hard on Joe. First of all, the Jets D was first last year and likely first this year. I thought Joe stepped up, particularly on third down. Secondly, on the pick down the sideline, it was obvious that either Heap or Boldin ran the wrong route. They were standing on top of each other. My guess is Boldin because Heap was running an out and up. Had Boldin cleared out, it likely would have been the right throw. Watch the play again.

And put down the Dos Equis at the half.

Harryos29 said...

Harry OS 29 Sept 18th
Well I totally agree with the last paragraph contributed by Anonymous! Heap and Boldin, made those fabulous catches...but ADMIT IT: It wasn't
KYLE BOLLER back there in the POCKET: I was our own very talented JOE FLACCO. Nuff Said ?

Harryos29 said...

Harry OS 29 Sept 18th
Well I totally agree with the last paragraph contributed by Anonymous! Heap and Boldin, made those fabulous catches...but ADMIT IT: It wasn't
KYLE BOLLER back there in the POCKET: I was our own very talented JOE FLACCO. Nuff Said ?