Every Tuesday, blogger Matt Vensel breaks down a critical play, sometimes with input from Ravens players, from that week's game. Today, he looks at
When the Ravens walked out on the field Monday night for their first play from scrimmage, the players had no idea which play offensive coordinator
Maybe Cameron wanted his offense to make an early statement or maybe he saw an opportunity to seize on the energy inside M&T Bank Stadium, with 70,000 fans worked into a fervor after eight months without football. But their first offensive play called for Flacco to execute a play-fake then throw deep to speedy wide-out Torrey Smith.
"I had no clue [what the play would be]," Smith said. "I just came out and he called the play. I said 'OK, I better get on my horse.' I saw the coverage, and I knew we had a shot at it, and we completed it."
But Flacco had to get the throw off first.
As Flacco dropped back while quickly faking a handoff to
At the snap at the ball, Smith streaked down the numbers on the left side of the field and got inside position on Bengals cornerback
The Ravens would settle for a field goal on the drive, but Pitta said "it set the tone for us offensively," and after that, the Ravens "were in attack mode all night and we were able to put up a lot of points." Flacco threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 10.3 yards per attempt in the 31-point win over the Bengals.
"It was a great throw and catch," Pitta said.
After he said that, Flacco, who was getting dressed at his nearby locker stall, said, "He wouldn't know because he fell down on the play," playfully referencing Pitta's missed block on Geathers that nearly sabotaged the play-action pass.