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Another great matchup: two great defenses, two elite running backs and one great game.
I'm not too surprised at the outcome: I saw the Ravens’ taking this one the whole time. The Ravens were actually my preseason favourite to come out of the AFC, and they might just do that with one more victory.
The Ravens still win football games the old fashioned way (as opposed to the way every other team does these days), through great defensive play. The Ravens have had that amazing defense for what feels like forever.
Led by Ray Lewis, that defense headlines some solid players and playmakers. Lewis' robin, Ed Reed, the man that hopes to take the reins when Lewis is gone, Terrell Suggs, and the moving mountain, Haloti Ngata are only a few.
One thing they’ll have to do better next week is defend the run.
I still can’t believe those words came out of my mouth. Foster ran for a whopping 132 yards with one touchdown on the Ravens last week. I don’t care if he’s one of the best (if not THE very best) back in the league, I don’t care if he’s inspired to avenge an earlier poor outing against the team and I don’t even care that he was coming up big for his team in the playoffs.
There's no excuse to allow those kind of numbers.
I will give credit where credit is due: The three interceptions were great to see. It’ll be much harder next week, but they’ll need a few takeaways if they want the victory.
Another thing that has to be better: the play of QB, Joe Flacco. Despite the victory, watching Flacco at certain times was absolutely brutal. This is definitely not a game he’ll be telling his kids and wife about.
I know this sounds like a broken tape recorder, but for the love of God, Baltimore needs a new QB. Joe isn’t horrible, but I’d like a better option. Anyone want to roll the dice with Matt Flynn? I do. Until then, Flacco will have to step up if the Ravens hope to book themselves a trip to the Super Bowl.