Monday, October 11, 2010

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

THE GOOD: The three-headed monster was in full force against the Broncos 213 yards. Ray Rice (133 yards) was outstanding between the tackles while Willis McGahee (67 yards) took advantage of a worn out Denver defensive line and recovered from a slow start. Le’Ron McClain (13 yards) racked up a few tough yards in short yardage and deep red zone carries but was more instrumental leading the way for the tailback tandem…The offensive line is meshing nicely as Marshal Yanda grows more and more comfortable at right tackle…Haloti Ngata shrugged off a leg injury sustained as a tight end on an out route prior to the first defensive snap (in Cam Cameron’s offensive goal line sub package). He continues his dominance at the point of attack with two tackles for losses…Fabian Washington was busy with 5 tackles and 4 passes defended. Secondary mate Lardarius Webb like Washington wrapped up well after short receptions by Denver receivers who are known for adding substantive yards after catch.

THE BAD: Dawan Landry bit on a hitch move from Brandon Lloyd and blew his deep half Cover 2 assignment paving the way to Denver’s first touchdown…Tom Zbikowski does little over the middle to discourage opposing quarterbacks from visiting his area of the field. One more game and he'll be relegated to special teams…The Ravens’ pass rush is non-existent and if they are going to have a chance against Tom Brady in New England this coming weekend, Greg Mattison is going to have to dial it up a notch.

THE UGLY: Cameron’s short yardage offense has been extremely lackluster this season, particularly during the last two games in red zone situations. The ending to the Ravens initial drive was embarrassing. The short yardage package lacks an identity and the performances and play calling appear timid.

THE MEGAN FOX: Special Teams…Sam Koch netted 38.5 yards on his four punts while Billy Cundiff hit 5 of his 6 kickoffs into the end zone. Demaryius Thomas unwisely decided to return one of Cundiff’s kickoffs after catching it 6 yards deep. He was knocked out of the game after a vicious hit by Ravens reserve LB Jason Phillips. The two coverage units helped to control field position and neutralize a dangerous Denver weapon in Eddie Royal.


Jerry B said...

Agree on all points! If Mattison thinks he'll beat the Patriots' one-dimensional, "West coast offense" Sunday by dropping 7 & 8 in coverage instead of playing "man" with an all out assault on Brady, it will be a very long day for the Ravens defense! Of course, the return of the "three-headed-monster" should occupy much of the clock.....

Phil from Frostburg said...

Consider this: Mattison's conservative schemes have been pretty successful so far. It seems like we get hurt more when we blitz this year. We don't really have anyone who is a pure pass rusher outside of Suggs. The schemes seem to be well tailored for the talents of this group of players. I think the key to containing Brady will be the same formula: contain the run and mix up the rush schemes to keep them guessing. I wouldn't do anything differently. Their receivers shouldn't scare us.

BTW, looks like "Lights Out" Merriman is going to get released soon. Even if he is damaged goods right now, I'd try to sign him for two years as upside potential for next year. Thoughts?