McGahee helped the Ravens get on the board first against Miami
McGahee’s score capped a 7-play, 76-yard drive to start the game; the first Ravens touchdown on an opening drive this season.
Joe Flacco posted a career-best QB rating of 129.6 and tossed two touchdowns to help lead the Ravens to their seventh straight home victory as they beat the Miami Dolphins 26-10.
The Baltimore offense seemed to have little trouble moving the ball as they racked up over 400 yards of total offense. Though they did have some difficulties converting those yards into points in the first half.
The Ravens offense was out quickly and scored on it’s first drive of the game for the first time this season as Willis McGahee turned a short screen pass into a 32-yard touchdown.
Miami quickly responded with a score of it’s own on a drive where the cracks in Baltimore’s Run defense were exploited by a physical Miami line. Ronnie Brown capped an eleven play drive with a touchdown run from 12 yards out.
Baltimore had opportunities to pull away in the second quarter but could not execute. First they were forced to settle on the ensuing drive for a 26-yd Billy Cundiff field goal after the Ravens failed to convert on 3rd and 1. Second, Lardarius Webb intercepted a Chad Henne pass and returned the ball to the Miami four-yard line. Instead of busting the game open Baltimore could only respond with a horrendous series of events that ended with a botched snap on an attempted Field Goal and negative sixteen yards on the possession.
Baltimore and Miami exchanged field goals once more as both team squandered chances for six. Todd Heap was called for a false start on third and short that was followed by a Miami sack. Chad Henne overthrew a wide open Anthony Fasano as seconds remained in the half but Dolphins were able to head into the locker room only down 13-10 at the half.
Baltimore’s first drive of the half once again resulted in a touchdown as Flacco connected with “old guy” Derrick Mason for a 12 yard strike into coverage to push the advantage to 20-10.
From there the Ravens never looked back and even though their red zone struggles continued they tacked on two more Cundiff field goals for the final 26-10 result.
The Baltimore defense also made some excellent adjustments in the second half pitching a shutout and intercepting Chad Henne twice more while slowing the running game.
The Ravens will have a quick turnaround as they travel to Atlanta (6-2) to play the Falcons this Thursday night which will be yet another battle of 2008 drafted quarterbacks.