The Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 28-7 on Thursday night to improve to 5-4. RSR staff react to the win…
So much for a fast start, but the Ravens put up points when they needed to. While the offense struggled at times, it was nice seeing Breshad Perriman and Kenneth Dixon put together solid games. Steve Smith Sr. had a strong showing as well.
Joe Flacco’s play still leaves a lot to be desired, as his mind blowing interceptions and awful decision making are getting worse weekly.
The defense came to play and Dean Pees’ game plan was outstanding.
What a great way to go into the mini-bye, by FINALLY breaking the streak of games without a win by two or more scores. The offense sleepwalked through the first half, but it was great to see the no-huddle give them a jolt in the second. The defense turned in another great performance. Tavon Young continues to impress.
The Browns might not go 0-16, but at least we don’t have to worry about the Ravens being their sole win.
It’s been a long time since fans could enjoy the last five minutes of a game with a comfortable lead. It sure felt good.
The front seven of this defense is the best the Ravens have had in a long time. Terrell Suggs is playing at a high level with one arm, the combination of Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams is ferocious and Timmy Jernigan is becoming an absolute stud. Tavon Young also continues to look like the best pick in this past year’s draft class.
The offense? We’ll see. They came to life in the second half and their final touchdown drive where they chewed up clock was impressive. Maybe it was the confidence booster they needed to break out. Maybe it was a product of playing a bad defense. Regardless it gives them something positive to build on.
It didn’t start off pretty. Flacco continues his worst season as a pro. Listening to him and watching his body language, it’s becoming clear that he’s quite a stubborn quarterback. He’s an employee who’s comfortable where he is in his job. It certainly doesn’t seem like improving his fundamentals interests him at this stage in his career. As a big defender of him in the past, I’m really, really reconsidering my position.
The two-minute drill at the end of the first half was pathetic. Which is puzzling considering that it used to be one of the strongest parts of Flacco’s game. Flacco’s demeanor is a big strength for him a lot of the time, but his lackadaisical attitude creates way too little urgency when it’s sorely needed.
The defense, especially the line, continues to be the bright spot. Granted, this game it was against the worst team in the league, but nine games into the year, they’re the NFL’s 2nd best defense. Not too shabby.
Now, they get some rest before facing the biggest challenge of the year in the Dak Prescott-led Dallas Cowboys.