The Ravens left the nest for a highly anticipated game versus the San Diego Chargers. A high octane offense versus a vaunted defense proved to be a great matchup between two Super Bowl contenders with the Ravens leaving the California sunshine in a 31-26 victory.
For the second week in a row the Ravens allowed a significant amount of points on the board, but denied the Chargers in the rushing game with only 53 yards. LaDainian Tomlinson was out with an ankle but Darren Sproles was an igniter when he busted for an 81 yard touchdown in the first quarter and made Ed Reed do a failed triple lutz trying to slow the quick-footed running back.
Having trouble with the running game, the Chargers and QB Phillip Rivers were forced to air it out against the Ravens secondary with Rivers having a career-high day with 436 yards. But it was the last play of the game where the Chargers, needing a touchdown to win the game, called a run play for Sproles on 4th and 2. Rivers handed the ball to Sproles and Ray Lewis just laid him out on the grass/turf as he went unblocked. This tackle was easily the play of the game and defensive play of the week and year thus far. Lewis even called it the “play of his career.”
Meanwhile, Flacco did just as expected and played game management. He threw for 197 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 INT. This was the week of RB Willis McGahee as he muscled out 2 touchdowns and 79 yards rushing.
CC’s offense is no longer playing catch up to the defense with an output of 34.5 points in the first two weeks of the season – second behind the “we score on every possession” New Orleans Saints. Lighting up the scoreboard is fast becoming a trend with the 2009 Ravens.
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Written by Lea Anderson