The Ravens showed on Sunday just how explosive and dangerous their offense can be. Baltimore dominated the Raiders in every facet of the game on Sunday and the final score of 55-20 showed just that. The Ravens scored on passing plays, running plays, and even special teams plays en route to a team record for points scored in a game.
Baltimore opened up the first quarter with a 10-0 lead and never let off the gas. By halftime, the Ravens were up 27-10 and then exploded in the 3rd quarter. Baltimore scored 21 points in the 3rd off of two Torrey Smith touchdowns and a Sam Koch fake field goal run. In the 4th quarter the Ravens put the icing on the cake to the tune of a 105 yard kickoff return for a touchdown and kept their home winning streak alive and pushed it to 15 straight at home.
What the Ravens did to win the game
Baltimore did everything they possibly could to win and played a near flawless game. The only thing to be disappointed about is the lack of rushing yards if you really want to knit pick. But hey, let’s not complain about a 55-20 victory.
Joe Flacco had a great game going 21 for 33 for 341 yards and 3 scores. Flacco did throw one interception but besides that he played an exceptional game. Rice was only able to manage 35 yards on 13 carries but the rest of the team picked up the slack that the running game left.
Torrey Smith also played very well, especially in the third quarter where he scored both of his touchdowns on the day. Smith finished with two catches, both of which were touchdowns, and 67 yards. The passing game was spread around Sunday with eight different receivers catching a pass.
The Baltimore defense also played an exceptional game. Paul Kruger receives the defensive player of the game award for his outstanding play. Kruger racked up six tackles, two sacks, and had the Ravens only interception. Kruger looked more like Ray Lewis on Sunday and Ray’s presence at the game and pre-game speech could have just done the trick to inspire Kruger’s great game.
This week’s key match-up didn’t have much effect on the outcome of the game. I noted in the preview to keep an eye on Ray Rice versus the Raiders rushing defense. The Ravens had an offensive attack that focused on passing and Rice was given only 13 carries.
Fantasy Sleeper(s) of the Game
I noted that Torrey Smith should have a good game and he did just that. Smith scored twice and had 67 yards. I went 1-2 on my sleepers of the game. Taiwan Jones, who I was expecting to see an increased workload with Run DMC and Mike Goodson out, only carried the ball twice and had zero fantasy impact. My other sleeper though Jacoby Jones, had a pretty decent game. He only had 54 receiving yards but he managed a 105 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. If you played Jacoby Jones, you were more than likely happy with the results.
I predicted the Ravens to put on a dominating offensive performance and win 34-14. I under estimated the Ravens by a long shot as they won 55-20 and showed why they are sitting alone atop the AFC North standing.
Next Sunday the Ravens are facing what could be their toughest game of the season. Baltimore travels to Pittsburgh to battle the Steelers in prime-time on Sunday Night Football. The Steelers will be looking to make up ground on the divisional standings and the Ravens will be looking to build upon their lead. It should be a great AFC North battle against the first and second placed teams in the division.