By Yvette James // @lissalisa29
Baltimore 30 – Oakland 17
What a way to come back from a disarmingly bad loss last week against division rivals for the Baltimore Ravens to play like they did on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. The Ravens played excellent on both sides of the ball.
After being criticized by both fans and press alike, the Ravens came out playing fast and smart. When given good protection and time to throw we see a completely different team. We see a team that has the ground game and passing game in sync. Coming into this game we didn’t know which Ravens team was going to show up Sunday.
Glad to see the preparedness for the Raiders was on display. Quarterback Joe Flacco looked comfortable in the pocket. He didn’t throw one interception and was not sacked at all. Despite some injuries to some players we still managed to escape mistake free.
The running game was on display which allowed our receivers to get open and make big plays down the field. Wide receiver Mike Wallace had a big game finishing with 133 yards receiving. The running game was very much alive with running backs Javorius Allen getting 55 yards and Alex Collins getting 73 yards rushing, respectively.
The offense played lights out during the first half but came out in the second half playing too conservative with the lead. That is something that has to change given the fact that the Ravens were playing against a good team like the Raiders. You always have to keep in mind that no lead is safe in the NFL.
Hopefully, the team can carry this momentum into next week’s home game against the Chicago Bears. This should be a step in the right direction for this Ravens team. The personnel that the Ravens went with on the o-line kept Flacco clean in the pocket. They should go with them from now on. They were able to keep defensive end Kahlil Mack from getting to Flacco the whole game which was a concern coming into this game.
The defense played well even though the rookie cornerback Marlon Humphrey got schooled by wide receiver Michael Crabtree on a few plays. All in all, it was a mistake free game in every aspect. Flacco finished the game with 222 yards on 22 attempts with no interceptions, he had a mistake free game. Monday morning there will be no bashing or get rid of Flacco from those fickle fans after this win. Maybe, just maybe, the Ravens can improve from here on out.
Now time to get ready for the Bears game on Sunday.
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