Despite roaring back from a huge deficit to score 21 points in the fourth quarter, the Ravens fell short on a wide left 44-yard field goal by K Steve Hauschka in the final seconds of the game, giving the Viking a 33-31 victory. Losing by a combined score of 11 points on this 3 game skid only leaves a bad taste in the mouth as the Ravens return at 3-3.
The Ravens did themselves no favor by allowing the Vikings a fast start leading to 2 TD scores in a span of 8 minutes. Adrian Peterson broke for a 26 yard rush in the opening Viking drive and the spelling bee began as Peterson would end his day with 143 yards on 22 carries. It was another poor outing for the secondary as Brett Favre carved them up like a Thanksgiving bird completing 72% of his throws with 3 TDs and no INT's. It also didn't help that the defense could get no more that 2 sacks on Favre and Matty's 3-4 defense gave him time to dial home to Mississippi.
While the defense was getting chewed up and spit out, CC's offense apparently forgot that the spark plugs should be changed as they were misfiring on all cylinders early in the game. CC began the game with RB Ray Rice, but switched it up to RB Willis McGahee until the closing seconds of the first half (a continuous and questionable pattern for CC). For the second week in a row, RB Ray Rice led the team in both rushing and receiving with 77 and 117 yards respectively. It has become apparent that Rice is the offense on this team, but why CC can't seem to let him run lose and get him more carries is up for debate.
QB Joe Flacco had another impressive day with 385 yards and 2 TD's by showing his presence in a collapsing pocket more times than not. On the line, Tubby rookie LT Michael Oher showed how to drop those hips and protect his QB from the foaming at the mouth, cornfed DE Jared Allen. And you thought dropping it like it's hot was only for the kitchen and dance floor. Under constant pressure, the Tubbies on the Line only gave up 3 sacks and 8 Flacco hits. Flacco's unflappable presence in the pocket allowed him to lead his team to a comeback in the 4th quarter and at one point giving the Ravens the lead. The only knock on Flacco is his accuracy on the long bombs that CC likes to call for on first down – he is missing his most precise route runner, WR Derrick Mason, by about 3 inches.
The Ravens go home to face a bye week and are hopeful that CB Samari Rolle will be able to return to help a proven guilty, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, secondary. The secondary cannot protect the stash, Omar (via the Patriots, Bengals and now the Vikings) has jacked 'em for 3 straight weeks and Marlo (Jim Harbaugh) just ordered Chris Partlow (Matty) to put 'em in the vacants…
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Written by Lea Anderson