Baltimore Ravens: The 3 Best and Worst Performances from the Weekend
Baltimore Ravens: 3 Best and Worst Performances
The Baltimore Ravens took care of business at home during wild card weekend by dispatching the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 24-9. In a game that many people will remember as being Ray Lewis’s last playing appearance at M&T Bank Stadium, there were some performances of note, both good and bad, that should be marked before the Ravens head to Mile High to face the Denver Broncos next weekend.
In the end the result was fairly comfortable for the men in purple and black as the defense didn’t give up a touchdown and held the Colts to three Adam Vinatieri field goals in what was a performance that they’ll hope to replicate against ex-Colts quarterback Peyton Manning when they travel to Denver.
The offence for the Ravens had a fairly mixed day, punctuated by some big plays as well as sloppy turnovers. Every ardent Ravens fan knows that the team is built around defense, but when it comes down to the playoffs, the offence needs to be more steady and rely less on the big play like we saw against the Colts.
With that said, here are the three best and three worst Ravens performances from their game against the Colts.
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Best (1) Anquan Boldin
5 Receptions – 145 Yards – 1 Touchdown
Anquan Boldin may be known for his toughness across the middle, but on Sunday night he showed that he is equally as effective as a deep threat if you just feed him the ball. His touchdown grab was a supreme feat of strength as he plucked the ball out of the air and hauled in a catch with a defenders arm inbetween his chest and the ball.
Best (2) Paul Kruger
4 Tackles – 2.5 Sacks – 1 Forced Fumble
If you didn’t know about Paul Kruger before Sunday then I’m sure you will now. He was an absolute terror off the edge giving both offensive tackles fits and bringing down Andrew Luck twice on his own.
Best (3) Ray Lewis
How could I talk about the game wild card game without mentioning this guy? This is not a sentimental pick by any stretch of the imagination, to have 13 tackles in your first game back after tearing your tricep when you shouldn’t even be playing, that’s a impressive performance!
Worst (1) Ray Rice
2 Lost Fumbles – 70 Yards Rushing – 47 Yards Receiving
Don’t get me wrong, Ray Rice’s production within the offence wasn’t bad at all, but what leads to his spot on this list is his coughing up of the football twice and losing both. It’s playoff football buddy, high and tight! Can’t afford to have any more of those.
Worst (2) Terrell Suggs
2 Assisted Tackles
The stat line says it all. I know that every offense accounts more for Terrell Suggs than any other Ravens front seven player, but a player like Suggs shouldn’t be held to only two assisted tackles, he must get to the quarterback!
Worst (3) Bryant McKinnie
There’s no stats on McKinnie and I know he’s a aging plug in at the tackle spot, but boy he got burned badly a couple of times against fellow NFL OAP Dwight Freeney. Imagine how he’s going to handle Von Miller next week?