Ravens resort to razzle-dazzle

Ravens resort to razzle-dazzle
November 17, 2011, 2:38 pm
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After the Ravens lost in Seattle Sunday, their lopsided run-pass ratio became a primary talking point.

Lost in the shuffle was the fact that offensive coordinator Cam Cameron went outside his play-calling box several times during the game, with great success.

On the Ravens first possession, Cameron called back-to-back end-arounds. Torrey Smith picked up 16 yards on the first, and then David Reed also went for 16. The razzle-dazzle plays generated momentum and moved the ball into Seattle territory, but the drive fizzled and Billy Cundiff missed a 50-yard field goal.

Later in the first half, Cameron called a trick play that resulted in a touchdown.

With the Ravens down 10-0 and facing a second-and-goal at the Seattle one, running back Ray Rice took a handoff and headed to his left on what appeared to be an end sweep. But he slowed down, raised his left arm and tossed the ball over the defense to tight end Ed Dickson, who was wide open in the back of the end zone.

I dont think too many people knew I was left-handed, Rice said Wednesday. I would rather run it in, but to see Ed Dickson get a touchdown and be a part of it was pretty cool.'

It was just second non-quarterback touchdown pass in Ravens history. Mark Clayton threw one to Derrick Mason in 2008.

Rice revealed that he had practiced the play during the week with a wet ball, simulating the rainy conditions that were expected in Seattle.

I actually threw it out of bounds in practice, Rice said. I didnt know if (Cameron) was still going to call it or not. It shows a little trust in there. (Ravens coach John Harbaugh) said the same thing. He said he was a little edgy. Obviously, after the touchdown, it was a great call.

Rice bopped into his weekly interview session Wednesday wearing a baseball cap with the Baltimore Orioles cartoon bird logo, which is being re-introduced in 2012. Asked if he expected free tickets in return for the plug, Rice said what he really wanted was to throw out the first pitch before a game.

I proved I can throw, he said with a smile, eliciting a roar from reporters. The fact that it was a pin-point throw, my quarterback rating is pretty high right now.

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