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Quick Hits: Ravens roll over the Rams, improve to 2-1

The

Ravens

easily corralled the

Rams

on Sunday, outgaining the home team by more than 300 yards in a 37-7 win. These are my quick-hit thoughts after the Ravens improved to 2-1 on the season:

1. So

Torrey Smith

is a bust, huh? The second-round pick became the first rookie in

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history to score three touchdowns in one quarter as the Ravens raced out to an early 21-0 lead. The first was a thing of beauty. Smith blew past St. Louis cornerback

Justin King

and ran under a perfect deep ball from

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Joe Flacco
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. Once he got it, no one was going to catch him. His next two receptions went for touchdowns, too. On the afternoon, Smith finished with five catches for 152 yards. He won’t have that kind of production often, especially since defenses will have to respect his speed now.

2. Flacco deserves props, too, for having one of the most productive games in his NFL career. He completed 27 of 48 passes and his 389 passing yards set a new career high. The most encouraging stat is that 115 of those yards came on the first two touchdown passes to Smith. The Ravens finally have two receivers -- including

Lee Evans

-- who have the speed to run under Flacco’s long bombs.

3. That being said, what was the coaching staff thinking when they asked Flacco to throw the ball so often in the fourth quarter with the Ravens up by more than three touchdowns? There is nothing wrong with them trying to add to their lead, but they could have done it running the ball (

Ray Rice

and company averaged 6.5 yards per carry). They put their franchise quarterback and their

Super Bowl

hopes at risk. Had Flacco been injured in garbage time, we would be taking about it for years.

4. The Ravens racked up a franchise-record 533 yards of total offense and set another team record with 406 yards in the first half. Their defense was nearly as dominant, which is saying something. The pass rush hounded

Sam Bradford

, and St. Louis had just three passing yards at halftime. With all those three-and-outs, the Baltimore defense never had to worry about the no-huddle offense wearing them down.

5. After a passive performance in Tennessee, the Baltimore pass rush was beastly in St. Louis. The Ravens got a sack from five different players, including

Terrell Suggs

and rookie

Pernell McPhee

. Rams quarterback Sam Bradford got knocked to the turf 11 times. Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano deserves credit for that, but Bradford’s toughness impressed me, too. The kid never quit.

6. From now on, I will reserve a spot in this space for

Haloti Ngata

's play of the game. This week it was a 28-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Big men aren’t supposed to run like that.

7. One more thought on the Ravens throwing a bomb to

Tandon Doss

with two minutes left in the game: If

John Harbaugh

allowed that to happen against his good friend

Steve Spagnuolo

, imagine what he would have let

Cam Cameron

dial up if he was coaching against someone he didn’t like.

8. Ray Rice touched the ball just 13 times against a defense that had surrendered 177.5 rushing yards per game in Weeks 1 and 2, but boy, did he make the most of it. He had 79 yards on the ground and added 83 through the air. That 53-yard run in the second quarter was breathtaking.

9. That’s two dominant wins for the Ravens, which makes the loss to the

Titans

feel like a bigger letdown than it already had. By the way, count on the focused Ravens showing up against the

Jets

next weekend. It's the

Rex Ryan

Bowl in primetime. There's no way they won't be emotionally ready.

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