had a strong first half but did very little in the second. It has become typical of Flacco: hot for two quarters, cool for the other two. Those two touchdown passes were well-thrown, but Flacco gets a lot of yards going to his check-down receivers. If that's what works, then stick with it.
Ray Rice had 85 yards on 20 carries but also caught seven passes for 47 yards. He was a major factor late in the game. The loss of fullback
to an ankle injury could be a major loss if he isn't ready for the Pittsburgh game.
In the second half, this group was basically without two starters in left tackle
and right guard Chris Chester. Overall, the offensive line turned in a solid game, but Flacco was sacked four times, three of those because of the line.
Tampa Bay bracketed Anquan Boldin, but they couldn't single-cover
, who did strong work underneath and had eight catches for 87 yards.
set the tone early with two big catches, and tight end
had two catches, one for a 65-yard touchdown.
had 101 rushing yards, but a lot of those came in passing situations. When it came time to man up, Tampa Bay was no match for the
had strong games, and end Cory Redding was consistent with pressure.
had 12 tackles and has become one of the Ravens' top pass rushers. Strong-side linebacker
has played extremely well the past two weeks and was a pass-rushing threat. Outside linebacker
finished with five tackles, and inside linebacker Jameel McClain started strong but faded down the stretch.
The Buccaneers have a conservative passing game even though they'll take some shots downfield. The Ravens, though, smothered most of those routes, and safety
controlled and dominated the middle of the field inside the red zone. Cornerback
turned in another consistent game.
David Reed averaged 25 yards on two kickoff returns, but he shouldn't be coming out 6 yards deep in the end zone. The Ravens also gave up a 37-yard kickoff return to Micheal Spurlock. Billy Cundiff converted on his only field-goal attempt, and Sam Koch averaged 43.6 yards on seven punts. He was a major weapon.