Ravens Clicking On All Cylinders

The Ravens are really clicking on all cylinders on both offense and defense, and it’s looking like the Panthers are the ones playing on a short week.  That’s a good sign for the purple and black because this game has been all starters vs. starters. Except for the Ravens’ second drive of the second quarter, [...]

Posted by Mike Duffy on Saturday, August 29th, 2009 at 9:28 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Ravens are really clicking on all cylinders on both offense and defense, and it’s looking like the Panthers are the ones playing on a short week. 

That’s a good sign for the purple and black because this game has been all starters vs. starters.

Except for the Ravens’ second drive of the second quarter, when first-teamer Ray Rice got a blow and Willis McGahee came in the game for some short-yardage runs.

The Ravens marched down the field with ease with the help of a 26-yard pass to Derrick Mason, who put a nifty fake on a safety that left his jock on the turf. 

The Ravens also got some help with a bad illegal contact penalty on cornerback Chris Gamble, who put his hands to Mason’s face on a third down play.

Sitting inside the 10-yard line, it was easy to see what the Ravens wanted to do.  McGahee simply ran three straight times off right guard Marshal Yanda before finally pounding it in from 1-yard out. 

Another great drive by Flacco and Co.

Meanwhile, the defense is really flying to the ball.  All the evidence one needs is Haloti Ngata’s 345-pound frame sprinting about 30 yards from the defensive line to chase down receiver Steve Smith, who broke free past corner Domonique Foxworth for a gain up the right sideline.

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