Friday, November 12, 2010

The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox: Ravens @ Falcons


I hate to blame a game on officiating. Many things happen during the course of a game that players can control through execution and carrying out individual assignments. But when a team marches back to take the lead against a tough opponent on the road during a short week and that effort is spoiled by not one, not two, but three questionable calls (video below), it's hard not to have a sour taste . Yes, it's time to move on but before we do, here's The Good, Bad, Ugly & The Megan Fox.

THE GOOD: Joe Flacco got off to a slow start thanks to the Falcons dominating time of possession and some poor pass protection. But that hardly excuses his throw to TJ Houshmandzadeh on the team's first offensive series. As he does regularly in just about every game, Flacco predetermined where he was going with the football without making proper adjustments post snap. Anquan Boldin was wide open running a seam route parallel to the hash marks. Flacco did respond later on in the second half and rallied the team with 3 scoring strikes. The team is being built around Flacco and his second half effort is what they will need heading down the stretch; particularly given the team's defensive deficiencies. Hopefully this prime time game proves to be a confidence booster for the Ravens signal caller...

Ray Rice was productive with the football both as a runner and pass catcher. It would have been interesting to see what he might have done by ground had the game not gotten away from the Ravens. It didn't look like the Falcons had an answer for No. 27...The Ravens have lacked a fiery leader on offense - not anymore. Anquan Boldin deserves credit for rallying his mates, making tough catches and leveling 300 pound Peria Jerry after a dump off pass to Ray Rice to help spring Rice for the first down (see video below)...

Donte Stallworth looks fresh and fast and hopefully he can translate that burst on the reverses into the passing game...Terrence Cody rebounded from a poor effort v. the Dolphins and was stout against the Falcons running game, contributing in a big way to the Falcons substandard 2.6 yards per carry...Billy Cundiff's kickoffs remain consistently strong chipping in with 3 touchbacks on four kicks...Sam Koch had a great game, averaging 49.5 yards and an average net of 45.5 yards; 3 punts dropped inside the 20...The Red Zone efficiency was awful last week. Props to Cam Cameron and the offense for cleaning that up against the Falcons (3 for 3).



THE BAD: Michael Oher and Ben Grubbs struggled in pass protection, particularly Oher who looked clueless a couple of times while taking on John Abraham...Lardarius Webb had perhaps his worst day as a pro. He was always a step late and at times demonstrated poor technique and positioning His fumble on the punt return also led to 3 points, particularly painful because the Ravens had a rare defensive stand in the first half and they would have had good field position...Dawan Landry isn't a starting safety because he can cover. He's back there because he is supposed to be an enforcer. Real enforcers don't get trucked by backup running backs when given a clean shot...

Who is the imposter wearing No. 95?...Greg Mattison's defensive game plan was questionable. How do you not roll more coverage towards Roddy White? The team's blitzing is also very predictable and Ryan used that against the Ravens making pre-snap adjustments...The first half time of possession was sickening, 21:14 to 8:46 Atlanta...For the fourth time this season the Ravens have allowed a TD drive of 90+ yards, the worst in club history and there have been some pretty bad defenses in the Ravens' history during the mid to late 90's.

THE UGLY: The officiating was awful in the fourth quarter and very one-sided (see video below). The Falcons had only 1 penalty for 5 yards compared to 6 for 51 for the Ravens. Adding insult to injury, Roddy White during his post game interview admitted to shoving Josh Wilson (as if we didn't already know that). The league makes the players more accountable for their physicality. When will they make the game officials more accountable for their inadequacies?



THE MEGAN FOX: Terrell Suggs WAS the Ravens' pass rush. He recorded both sacks and all four of the team's QB hurries. It would be nice if Suggs could somehow channel that newfound determination stemming from the wretched face masking penalty on a regular basis. Maybe he should watch The Waterboy and see referee Ron Winter's face every time he looks at a quarterback. Some of you may remember that it was Winter who flagged Suggs last season for brushing Tom Brady's knee.

3 comments :

Tabish said...

awful awful awful officiating. There is no accountability for the refs. The Jenkins catch was borderline but the other three were just totally blown calls. Embarrassing for the league and embarrassing to be fans of such a league

Jerry B said...

One of your best "Blogs", TL! I don't subscribe to the "conspiracy" theory relative to the officiating; however, I do subscribe to the theory that the officiating is awful and getting worse every year! I also subscribe to the theory that the Ravens problems are more "coaching" related than personnel related. Not throwing to Boldin in the first half is a coaching problem. No sense of urgency in calling plays, getting to the line of scrimmage and snapping the ball is a coaching problem. Insisting on a 3 man rush on 3rd down is a coaching problem. Einstein defined "insanity" as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. By definition, Greg Mattison is certifiably.....nuts! The Falcons gave a "clinic" on how to beat Mattison's defense.....give up the run on 1st and 2nd downs, and beat their 3 man rush on 3rd down by passing! Expect to see more of that from future opponents.....

Anonymous said...

As bad as the officiating was thats not what lost the game. If the Ravens showed up for even a quarter of the first half, they no doubt win this game even with the questionable calls. Matt Ryan didnt do anything special vs. the Ravens defense, he dinked and dunked his way down the field most of the game. How Mattison failed to adjust to that is beyond me. Mattison has no imagination and he's afraid to take risks.

The offensive lines performance really makes me miss Jared Gaither. Say what you want about the guy but when he's healthy he dominates Flacco's blind side.