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Showin’ Up is Half the Battle
Posted By Lea Anderson On Nov 2 2009 @ 5:05 pm In Baltimore Ravens | No Comments
The offense showed up and put 30 points on a Broncos team that had only given up an average of 11pts in their previous 6 contests. QB Joe Flacco continued his climb to excellence as he went 22 for 25 for 175 yards and a passer rating of 109.2. While they weren't your flashy fantasy type numbers, he continues to show that he is calm under pressure and makes good decisions. Flacco even used some fancy footwork to make plays against a collapsing pocket. Tubbie on the Line Jared Gaither returned to his LT position and Michael Oher made a move back to the right resulting in Flacco having plenty of time to progress through his reads. Flacco's lone touchdown was to WR Derrick Mason who had a temper tantrum early in 1st quarter because the Broncos weren't playing nice in the sandbox and a holding penalty wasn't called (Note to Mason – keep the helmet on when on the field, Son!). CC (offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron) seems to be hedging his running game on RB Ray Rice as he had 23 carries for 88 yards and we only saw Willis McGahee sparingly during the game. But, LeRon McClain made a cameo appearance late in the fourth quarter with the game in hand and rushed for 31 yards with a 20 yard long run.
The Ravens received some help from their special teams as rookie Ladarrius Webb went to house with a second half opening 95-yard return. With Chris Carr not making much of an impact in the return game or in the secondary, Webb is stating his case to be special and defensive for the Ravens.
It is not without regard that Jim Harbaugh got his team ready to spoil the Broncos bid to stay undefeated. Every facet of his team stepped up to the occasion to put together a complete game and come out with a victory. As the foliage continues to change, the Ravens will face teams with an average of .627 winning percentage in the month of November and if they show up like they did in Week 8, the outcomes will continue to be favorable.
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