Brown: Offensive efficiency pushes Ravens to win
EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens, as they begin the last month of the regular season.
Two-minute topic: Can Torrey Smith set a team record for receiving yards?
Michael Jackson holds the Ravens record for receiving yards in a season, with 1,201 yards in 1996. Smith already has a career-high 952 yards with four games left to play. So if Smith averages 63 yards per game or more in December, he will set the franchise record. What really matters to Smith, however, is making the playoffs.
“I’m just looking forward to the next game,” Smith said after Thursday’s win over the Steelers. “I’m ready to play already. I’m going to take some time this weekend to get some rest and be ready to go.”
Smith is driven to be one of the NFL’s best receivers, and he’s having a career year in his third season. One area where Smith would like to improve is scoring touchdowns. He only has four touchdowns this season, and was unhappy that the Ravens scored just one touchdown against the Steelers.
“I needed to make some more plays,” Smith said. “And they were there. I need to make them regardless of the down or what the situation is. I have to make more plays for our team. We need touchdowns, not field goals. I’m just glad that we won.”
Smith is going to be a key figure for the Ravens in December, as Joe Flacco’s favorite target. He is already having his best season. But Smith hopes it’s a prelude to the postseason.
Morning thought: “We do think we can make some plays down the field with our guys. We’ve felt that way all year, and hopefully here in the next four weeks, pushing into the playoffs if we can make this run, that should be a big part of our offense.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh, talking about the Ravens’ offense taking shots downfield.