Monday, November 2, 2009

Unbeaten Never More!

After a winless October, the Ravens were able to knock off one of the only remaining undefeated teams by crushing the Broncos yesterday afternoon. The Ravens took full advantage of the bye week, preparing masterfully to shut down the Broncos offense and taking full advantage of every offensive possession. Even the special teams showed great signs of life by scoring a lot of the Ravens 30 points.

Lardarius Webb took the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards to the house to give the Ravens a 13-0 lead, and the Ravens never looked back. He has cemented himself as the kickoff return man, and should also be out there on punts. The Ravens coaching staff are still hopeful that Chris Carr can contribute on special teams, but I think that Carr should be an emergency back-up.

Steve Hauschka also had a great day, making all three of his field goal attempts as well as adding three extra points. This should take away any concerns that people have about Hauschka after he missed the field goal against the Vikings as time expired two weeks ago.

The Ravens defense only forced one fumble on the big hit that Ed Reed delivered to Knowshon Moreno, and they were only able to get two sacks on Kyle Orton, but as a defensive unit, they played very well. Terrell Suggs dropped an interception that he could have easily taken to the end zone, but his hands didn't quite cooperate with him. It was a great sign to see them shut down some extremely skilled receivers, holding Brandon Marshall to only four catches for 24 yards, and not allowing any Bronco to gain 50 yards rushing or receiving. This is a great sign as the Ravens get ready to play another talented offensive unit in the Bengals this upcoming Sunday.

The Ravens offense was impressive itself, as they scored a pair of touchdowns, one by Derrick Mason on a 20 yard pass from Joe Flacco and one by Ray Rice on a seven yard run. The Ravens' receiving core looked impressive as they are all starting to be trusted more and more by Flacco. Todd Heap grabbed three balls and reached a personal milestone as he now has 400 career receptions.

All in all, the Ravens looked impressive, putting them back on track to make a run at the playoffs. They are going to have to continue to play well as they have a lot of tough games coming up, including the Bengals, the Colts, the Packers, and two games against the Steelers. Let's all hope that they can do what they did this Sunday for the rest of the season.

Lardarius Webb returned the opening kickoff of the second half to give the Ravens a boost of momentum coming out of the locker room.

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