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Before more than 71,000, the Ravens destroyed another NFC South Club. They have now outscored the Falcons, Buccaneers and Panthers, 115-34. Including a 76-7 edge in the first half.

The lone score for Atlanta came very late in the 4th, and with 1:46 remaining in the game the Ravens would decide to go for it on a 4th & 9. Joe Flacco connected with Torrey Smith for and 81–yard catch and score. That would be T. Smith’s fourth TD of the season, also with that catch in the 4th quarter, he is now third in receptions in franchise history, and is only behind Derrick Mason (471 for 5,777 yards) and Todd Heap (467 for 5,492 yards).

“We felt like we had to take a shot. They had been playing cover zero on every snap. Honestly, I wanted to do it on first down. But that’s probably a sign of disrespect. We really had no choice but to throw the ball and finish with the ball in our hands, instead of giving them a shot,” Smith said.

Flacco had another decent day, throwing for 258 yards, and two TD’s coupled with the Ravens stellar performance on defense that helped them walk out with a win. Joe discussed his final TD and overall performance:

Terrell Suggs, who got his first career safety. Explained how impressed he is with the manner the D is playing right now he responded by saying: “It just shows what we can do … It’s on film now and everybody is seeing how our defense can kind of control games, and that’s going to be the standard from now on.”

The Ravens would finish the day with five sacks on Ryan, compiling 9 QB hits, one week after getting to Tampa’s Mike Glennon 15 times. With those numbers the defense will be ready for what is ahead. The Ravens are now 5-2 , and seem to be clicking on all cylinders both on offense, and on defense. Baltimore has always had a dominant defense, and now seem to have an explosive offense too.

Some Key Notes:


The Ravens have rushed for at least 120 yards in five games this season, going 5-0 when achieving that milestone

Baltimore has allowed a stingy 11.5 points per game in Charm City during the 2014 campaign.

Next two games will be against AFC North opponents; both will be on the road (2nd place Cincinnati, and 3rd place Pittsburgh)

 


 

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