After the Baltimore Ravens got a much needed break. The Ravens are hoping that they will come out the bye week with a win versus the Denver Broncos. Going into this game the Ravens have lost three games in a row, as the Broncos enjoyed an undefeated record. The ravens knowing that this is a must win in regards to the Ravens making a turn around.
The Ravens started the game with a lot of intensity and passion, on the first play of the game the Ravens got a devouring hit from Jarret Johnson on quarter back Kyle Orton. From there I knew the Ravens were going to have a huge game. On the first two quarters of the game it was all Ravens on defense and special teams as the Ravens lead 6-0 solely because of Steve Hauschka two field goals, this was a good sign from Hauschka. To me this showed me that Hauschka has rebounded from a heart breaking missed field goal versus the Minnesota Vikings.
With the start of the third quarter the Ravens look for more points, and to the surprise of the Ravens they get a kick return of 95-yards for a touchdown from Lardarius Webb. This gave the Ravens a spark on all sides of the ball with that kick return; the Ravens did not let go of the momentum even though they gave up a rushing touchdown from the Broncos Knowshon Moreno. Again Hauschka got another field goal to end the third quarter.
The fourth quarter was all Ravens. In this quarter you saw a couple of different things from the Ravens offense. You saw a passing game when Joe Flacco Connected with Derrick Mason for a 20-yard touchdown down the middle of the field. You saw some running as Ray Rice ran very well in the Ravens last offensive possession of the game and caped it off with a 7 yard touchdown run.
In this game you saw a lot of passion for the game of football as the Ravens went on to defeat the previously undefeated Broncos. I liked what I see from the Ravens Defense as they only let up a touchdown in this game. I finally saw coach Greg Mattison start to draw up a lot of blitz plays for the Ravens. The Ravens should look back at this game and use it as a blue print for the rest of the season and deep into the playoffs. To me this game showed that the Ravens still have a chance to be one of the elite teams in the NFL.
Let’s take a look at the key performers of this game:
CB/RS Lardarius Webb- In this game he had a 95-yard kickoff return in the start of the second half of the game and showed some promise on the defensive side of the ball.
S Ed Reed- In this game he had a forced fumble, and was all over the field the whole game.
LB Jarret Johnson- Had a sack on the first play of the game for an 8-yard lost, Johnson had pressure on Kyle Orton the whole game.
K Steve Hauschka- In this game he made three field goals on three tries, he had a 43-yard and a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter, added a 31-yard field goal in the third quarter. Hauschka showed that he can rebound from a heart breaking missed field goal and face he’s fears on the field.
If the Ravens played like they did in this game then they will be in good shape to have a good season. The Ravens have to win this next game versus the Cincinnati Bengals to revenge an earlier loss and gain some ground in the AFC North.
Ryan Heller covers the Baltimore Ravens for Baltimore Sports Then and Now. You can also follow his work at Ryan’s Sports World.