At First Glance: Colts vs. Ravens writers give their first impressions of the Ravens’ 24-10 win.

Posted by on Sunday, December 11th, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, At First Glance, Garrett Downing, Ryan Mink, Sarah Ellison, Week 14 vs Colts

John Eisenberg: The Ravens behaved like a playoff-bound team gunning for a high seed. Playing at home against a winless opponent, they never let the underdog Colts entertain notions of springing the upset. They dominated from the outset, jumping to a 17-point lead and never letting up. The offense had everything working, as Joe Flacco looked sharp, receivers were open all over the place and the running game steadily produced. Meanwhile, the defense basically slugged the Colts’ offense into submission. The Ravens’ secondary had one of its best games. The Colts obviously have major issues without Peyton Manning, but they have some nice receivers and the Ravens shut them down. That’s two straight wins against losing teams. December is here and the Ravens are looking focused.

Ryan Mink: This was utter domination on both sides of the ball. Yeah, the Colts didn’t have Peyton Manning and they’re down a couple starters on defense. But you can’t just use that as an over-arching excuse. This Ravens team is looking dominant as it heads down the final stretch trying to hang onto the top spot in the AFC. Baltimore’s defense threatened to break the franchise record for fewest total yards allowed in a game. The last unit that did it was pretty good, you know, the one that won a Super Bowl in 2000. The offense was clicking from the start, and once again Ray Rice ran for 100 and Torrey Smith showed he’s a difference-maker. This team is no doubt looking strong.

Garrett Downing: This is the kind of game you expect from a Ravens team hoping to make a deep run in the playoffs. Baltimore dominated Indianapolis the entire game on both sides of the ball, and the Colts never really had much of a chance. The Ravens looked good in just about every fashion, as Ray Rice had another strong game on the ground, Joe Flacco was effective through the air and the defense was flat-out dominant. For the first time since Week 3 against St. Louis, the Ravens blew-out an inferior opponent. The win gives Baltimore its fourth win in a row, and the Ravens are playing their best football in the final month of the season.

Sarah Ellison: Snapping a nearly decade-long, eight-game losing streak never looked so easy. With the playoffs four weeks away, the Ravens put both their focus and dominance on display against the winless Colts. The defensive unit suffocated the Colts’ offense, and was about to set new franchise record for fewest yards allowed (91) until the Colts got the ball back on their final possession. Terrell Suggs continued to make his bid for Defensive Player of the Year with three forced fumbles and three sacks. With 13 total sacks on the season, Sizzle broke his career-high (12) from his rookie season. A balanced and productive offensive attack went cold in the fourth with two turnovers and failing to convert on fourth down, then the Colts got a touchdown in garbage time, but it didn’t matter much. The Ravens are now on a four-game winning streak, and hope to keep momentum as they gear up for a post-season berth.

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