Grading the Ravens: Offense

Grading the Ravens: Offense
October 7, 2013, 9:45 am
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Flacco press conference after win over Dolphins

The test is over -- and it was definitely a test. It's time to check the results and see how the Ravens offense did in the 26-23 win at Miami on Sunday. The report card ...


Joe Flacco completed 19 of 32 passes for 269 yards. His only interception -- on a ball hit just as Flacco released it -- was returned for a touchdown. Flacco stood in the pocket and made some strong throws under pretty relentless pressure. He was 5-for-6 on the 94-yard touchdown drive, but he also missed a couple of open receivers. With no running game early, with only three active receivers, and without his starting left guard, he held the offense together.  


Ray Rice still doesn't seem to have the explosive burst -- he hasn't had a run of longer than 7 yards in two games -- but he grinded out 74 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 27 carries. He also was a factor in the passing game once again, with six catches for 28 yards, but again couldn't turn any of the catches into a big play. Bernard Pierce averaged 4.2 yards on 11 carries, including a game-best 28-yarder that kicked off the 94-yard scoring drive.


The line had to go virtually the whole way without starting left guard Kelechi Osemele (back spasms), and Joe Flacco was under duress much of the game. He was sacked twice, hit six times, and his pick-six interception was the direct result of pressure. A.Q. Shipley filled in admirably for Osemele in that heat but was pushed around at times. Marshal Yanda was beaten badly on one sack. The Ravens running game did virtually nothing in the first half (2.2 yards a carry), but the line and the run game improved in the second half.


Maligned tight end Ed Dickson caught the only two passes thrown to him, including a fingertip grab he turned into a 43-yard gain. Dickson also did a decent job as a blocker. Was Dallas Clark there? He actually played 35 snaps but was not heard from at all.


There were only three of them, but they all had a hand in the win. Torrey Smith showed he is the No. 1 receiver, with six catches for 121 yards. When the Ravens needed a big play, he was there. Tandon Doss had a 40-yard catch that included a nice adjustment while the ball was in the air, and finished with three catches for 58 yards. Deonte Thompson was targeted seven times and finished with two catches for 11 yards, but he also drew a 38-yard pass interference penalty on the Ravens' first touchdown drive.