Buffalo gave Baltimore all they could handle
I’m still somewhat in a state of shock as I try to make sense of the Ravens-Bills Overtime thriller that I witnessed live.
I’m glad the Ravens pulled it out but you wonder how it ever got to the point where they needed a Ray Lewis turnover and a Billy Cundiff Field Goal to sew this one up.
I’m glad they have the Bye next week.
How much have the Ravens missed Ed Reed?
I had several conversations with friends leading up to this game about weather Reed should suit up this week or not. Many of them thought it was smart to sit out, use the off-week and get ready for Miami. I know I’m glad he didn’t.
If he doesn’t play this week the Ravens would have lost this one in regulation.
Reed picked up right where he left off last January and picked off two Fitzpatrick passes and caused a fumble on the game’s first series. He almost ran the second back for one of his trademark touchdowns. If the Ravens are a to make a run they will need a healthy Ed Reed.
What is to be said about the Defensive performance today?
Is performance even the correct term because that would indicate that they accomplished something? Reed sparkled and Ray Lewis came up big when they needed it (though I’ll admit it was controversial) but as a group they stunk.
The pass rush was non-existent. Fitzpatrick looked comfortable all day and when he did get some pressure he slid away from it for First Downs.
The play from the corners was horrendous. Lardarius Webb- terrible. Chris Carr- putrid. Dawan Landry-abominable. But the worst I save for last – Fabian Washington was so bad that he was replaced. His “tackling” was laughable and it was the right move to send in for relief.
It boggles my mind because the secondary is now finally at full strength and they turn in the worst game ever in the past decade against a Quarterback that toiled in the Ivy league. Admittedly Ryan Fitzpatrick has played since being installed as the Bills starter but he had way too easy a time picking the Ravens apart. (I’d look at you pass rush but you’re nowhere to be found)
What can the Ravens do about the Return game?
They tried different players. Josh Wilson fumbled. Jalen Parmele still has no idea that when you catch the ball 8 yards deep in your own end zone you down it. They even threw Ed Reed back there on a punt. The only solution may be to give Lardarius Webb a shot a kickoffs and when Donte Stallworth is active let him handle punts. Someone needs to step up.
Who was the Offensive player of the Game?
Joe Flacco was strong today tossing three touchdowns and even stepped up in the pocket. Anquan Boldin got the big numbers and a touchdown but my vote goes to Todd Heap. I seriously wonder how he got clearance to play today. When he fell to the ground after Boldin’s TD I feared the worst. Heap’s toughness has been questioned by some over the years – the question should be put to bed. He’s tougher than shoe leather.
Who was the Defensive Player of the Game?
Ed Reed. Simple. Ray Lewis did have a huge strip and made 15 tackles but he had his moments where he lapsed into poor tackling just like the rest. I hope that this group can take some time to rest, recouperate and get back to basic fundamentals like tackling instead of looking for big hits.