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Ravens 17, Bucs 10


3rd Down Defense
The Ravens are not a great third down offense but the Buccaneers kept themselves in this game by limiting 3rd down conversions (3 for 12).

The Pass Rush
Flacco’s stats look good until you see he was sacked 4 times. Gerald McCoy got his first and second sacks. If the Bucs who need to eclipse Chicago (which they will) and New York can’t feel good about being competitive with the Falcons and Ravens, they have to feel great about Gerald McCoy. However, Flacco’s stats would have been great if…


The Officiating
…a questionable block in the back call on Anquan Boldin didn’t take away a 67 yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Rice. Q said after the game “it was a bogus call”. A lot of calls hurt both teams. I know some people hate when I complain about officiating but it’s undeniably affecting games and it is undeniably the worst its been in years. Aqib Talib was so mad at a call on rookie Myron Lewis that he starting laying it onto an official after the game was over. The official, according to the St. Petersburg Times, said “you played like ____”. Talib told him “I’ll (hit) you in your _____ ___ mouth.” Expect some action from the league, but maybe the NFL will follow MLB and suspend the official, too.

Josh Freeman
Obviously, this is not an easy defense to go up against. However, Josh Freeman had one of his worst games of the year, throwing 17/37, 162, 1 TD. He had 83 yards on the first drive where they got no points and out of the no huddle on their only touchdown drive. His other 79 yards passing were spread across 9 drives with just 3 points scored.

Lack Of Big Plays
Without Cody Grimm for much of the game, Baltimore only had three big pass plays that put up 17 despite being shut out in the second half. Tampa Bay, however, had only one play of 20 or more yards, a thirty-yard pick-up on a pass to John Gilmore. If you aren’t getting big plays, you need to rack up first downs. They had a mere 14 first downs, the fifth team Baltimore has held to 14 or under. They only had one big play on defense, though an early sack did knock the Ravens out of field goal range. In big games, as you see with Chicago, big plays can be the difference. Whether it’s playcalling or their opponents just playing “bend not break”, they are not using Mike Williams to his ability. It’s not quite the travesty Detroit made on Thanksgiving – not trying Calvin Johnson deep – but unfortunate nonetheless. Run a reverse, a flea-flicker, or move him around.

LOOKING AHEAD: There’s no time to hang your heads. A divisional rival is coming to town. You get another shot at respect by welcoming the 2010 Atlanta Falcons, the most overrated team I’ve seen in four years.

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One Response to “Ravens 17, Bucs 10”

  1. I’m starting the Bring Back NFL DT Chris Bradwell Campaign to help those Bucs Win.

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