All the questions about the Baltimore Ravens passing game were silenced today as Rookie Wide Receiver Torrey Smith caught three touchdown passes from Joe Flacco en route to a 37-7 thrashing of the St. Louis Rams.
Smith has had some adjustment issues since transitioning from the University of Maryland and did not have a catch in his first two games as a pro. With Lee Evans sitting out due to ankle issues, Smith was inserted into the starting lineup to provide the deep threat for the Ravens offense. He made the most of his opportunity turning his first three professional receptions into scores and owning the First Quarter of action at the Edward Jones Dome.
The Baltimore Ravens offense clicked behind the strength of Smith’s play and Joe Flacco’s arm as the offense put up a franchise high mark of 553 Total Yards. Flacco posted career bests for yardage also as he passed for 389 yards and three touchdowns helping erase a dreadful performance last week in Nashville.
Baltimore’s defense also returned to Week One form swamping young Sam Bradford all day. They sacked him a total of five times and turned the Rams over twice. The last one lead to a scoop and score by the Ravens Haloti Ngata as Bradford coughed up the ball. Those were the last points of the game and it put an exclamation point on an ugly day for the Rams and Sam Bradford.
The victory put Baltimore at 2-1 and sets up a huge AFC Prime Time match-up next Sunday night against Rex Ryan’s New York Jets.