The Ravens had a lesson for the young Buc Buccaneers on Sunday. The message was “You’re not ready.” With this young team coming into The Nest, the Ravens proved that this young team on the rise, still has a lot to learn, but will no doubt be a force to reckon with in seasons to come. With a second quarter scoring burst, the Ravens let their defense do the rest besting the Bucs, 17-10.
With the biggest game of their 2010 campaign looming next Sunday, the Ravens made sure to take care of business against a Bucs teams that hung with them until late in the second quarter. With two touchdown passes to Todd Heap and Derrick Mason, Joe Flacco broke a 3-3 tie to go up 17-3. Easily his longest catch and run of his career, Heap was able to get open behind the Bucs secondary and huff his way to the endzone. This would prove to enough for Ravens offense as it would play safe and stall in the second half.
Defensively, the Ravens pressured Bucs QB Josh Freeman in to a 17-32, 167 yards passing day. Although the Ravens were unable to sack Freeman, they forced him into terrible throws and only one pass for more than 20 yards. The Ravens rushing D kept LeGarrette Blount under control only allowing him only 55 yards and 92 total yards for the Bucs running game.
With a game that could have easily been overlooked, the Ravens took care of business at home where they have a 9 game winning streak. Unfortunately, the injury bug came to town and hit Le’Ron McClain (ankle), Dawan Landry (concussion) and Michael Oher (knee). The Ravens will put their win streak and season on the line when the Steelers come to town this Sunday.
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Written by Lea Anderson