At First Glance Vs Dolphins

BaltimoreRavens.com writers give their first impressions of the Ravens’ 26-10 win.

Posted by BR.com on Sunday, November 7th, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Categories: 2010 Season, Mike Duffy, Ryan Mink, Sarah Ellison, Week 9 vs Dolphins

John Eisenberg: The Ravens’ offense was the story of this game. It moved the ball all day, blending runs by Ray Rice and Willis McGahee with passes from Joe Flacco to Rice and others. Flacco looked like a veteran. The only hiccups came in the red zone in the first half, and those misfires kept the Dolphins’ upset hopes alive. But the Ravens’ defense, rebounding nicely from its Buffalo debacle, played too well to let this game slip away. The Dolphins helped with some strange play-calling. After running the ball to a touchdown in the first quarter, they mysteriously abandoned the run. It also helped immensely that Miami cornerback Sean Smith dropped an easy touchdown when he flubbed an interception in the third quarter.

Mike Duffy: The Ravens were relentless against the Dolphins, not only in the pass rush but also their passing attack. Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs and Jarret Johnson were in Chad Henne’s face all day, but Joe Flacco kept going back to the pass to gash Miami’s second level. People have criticized Flacco for going to his checkdown too quickly, but this win just showed how good things can happen when you get the ball in your playmakers’ hands.

Sarah Ellison: Feeling restful after the bye, Baltimore maintained home integrity and snapped the Dolphins’ perfect road record. Quarterback Joe Flacco continued his hot streak since Week 2, notching a season-high 129.6 rating. Flacco got a lot of help from running backs Ray Rice and Willis McGahee who made moves in the open field in the screen game. Rice churning 180 all-purpose yards was a joy to watch. The offense kept the ball moving between the 20s, but was just 1-of-7 in the red zone. The defense allowed a touchdown score on the opening drive for the first time this season, but only gave up three points in the remaining three and half quarters. For two games running, they have notched multiple turnovers. An all-around solid team effort and you still get the feeling the Ravens have yet to hit their ceiling.

Ryan Mink: This is a feel-good win for the Ravens because it came against a good team (especially on the road) and each facet of the team played well. The offense was clicking on all cylinders (except in the red zone) and you see how explosive they can be when Joe Flacco and Ray Rice are both on their game. The defense was getting hit early but bounced back in a big way, getting three picks. It felt like the Ravens needed a statement win and I’d say this one qualifies.

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