It never really materialized, but I figured Reed could be far more effective than Torrey Smith has been thus far. Reed was a really good player in college, a guy with good body control and great hands, and the opportunity was there for him to fill a need.
But now that Reed has an injured AC joint -- we'll find out how long he's out after he has an MRI -- it's puts the Ravens in a difficult position. It's obvious that Lee Evans is hurting, and it's obvious the game is moving a little too fast for Torrey Smith right now. I don't know whether the answer is giving Tandon Doss or Laquan Williams a shot, but it's suddenly an area of real concern.
5. Ray Lewis said after the game that the Ravens lost because they turned the ball over three times. They actually lost because they couldn't get off the field on third down.
It certainly hard to win a football game when you are minus-two in the turnover department, but if you look back at what happened on Sunday, you'll see that third downs hurt the Ravens more that turnovers did.
Yes, Ricky Williams fumble cost the Ravens three points. The defense did a nice job holding the Titans out of the end zone on that drive. But Flacco's initial interception -- which looked like the combination of a good read by cornerback Alterraun Verner and a poor decision by Flacco -- didn't result in any points for the Titans. By the time he threw his second pick, the Ravens were already down 20-10.
Consider, instead, these 3rd down plays on each of the Titans scoring drives after Baltimore grabbed a 7-3 lead.
On Tennesse's first touchdown drive, Hasselbeck converted twice on third down, including his touchdown throw to Kenny Britt in front of Foxworth. That tied the game at 10-10, and stole the momentum back from the Ravens.
With the game tied at 10-10 in the third quarter, Tennessee was facing 3rd-and-8 from its own 27 when Hasselbeck hit Nate Washington over the middle for a 42-yard gain when he got behind Lardarius Webb. Three plays later, the Titans picked up seven yards on 3rd-and-8, a decision that led to them going for on 4th down. Javon Ringer's touchdown on 4th-and-1 made it 17-10.
The next drive, the Titans picked up a 3rd-and-6 when Hasselbeck hit Washington for eight yards. That got them into field goal position, and they made it 20-10.
Flacco's second interception cost the Ravens three points -- Tennessee didn't move the ball at all, but kicked a field goal to make it 23-10 -- but when the Ravens were desperately trying to mount a comeback, they couldn't force a punt. Trailing 23-13, Baltimore had the Titans facing a 3rd-and-9 from their own 21. They gave up a 28 yard pass to Britt. Three plays later, the Titans faced a 3rd-and-6 from Baltimore's 47. LaVelle Hawkins caught a 7-yard pass.
When you add all those plays up, that's what cost the Ravens the game. Tennessee picked up crucial third down plays, and the Ravens punted the ball away when they had similar chances.