Ravens Good Team Or Lucky Team?
Sunday’s wild finish rewrote NFL history books, including a record-breaking five go-ahead touchdowns in the final 2 minutes, 30 seconds of the fourth quarter.
In a game of that nature, the last team with the ball was the most likely to win. Fortunately, it was the Ravens.
So the question was asked: Were the Ravens lucky to win the game? Or did they win because they’re good?
In the video below, CSNBaltimore.com’s Brad Jackson somewhat danced around the question.
“It’s good that they were lucky enough to win the game when you talk about what happened,” he said.
Wait, I think he said the Ravens are lucky. Can you clarify, B-Jack?
“Of course, this was a good win for them, and they were lucky enough to get it,” Jackson later said.
Regardless of how they got the win, Jackson believes it can propel the Ravens to wins in the final three-game stretch of the season at Detroit, vs. New England and at Cincinnati.
“Potentially, this is something this team can build on,” Jackson said. “This is something that can really get the team motivated and get everyone’s sense of urgency heightened and attention to detail greater as they continue to push toward the playoffs.”
What say you, Ravens fans? Were the Ravens lucky or good?
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Rookie receiver Marlon Brown had been quiet in recent weeks, but became the hero in Sunday’s 29-26 victory.
The Baltimore Sun’s Matt Vensel said it was Brown’s best game of the year, showing “composure and body control” on his game-winning touchdown. It was his first score since Week 9.
Brown is one touchdown away from tying
So could Brown become Torrey’s wingman for years to come?
“I’m not sure what the future holds for Brown,” Vensel wrote. “It’s too soon to say that he can be a legitimate No. 2 wide-out for the Ravens going forward. But at the very least, he can be a red-zone threat, which is a valuable commodity.”
Rice’s Best Game Of Season Overlooked
While everyone was (rightfully) gushing over the passing game Sunday, another positive was overlooked.
After struggling for most of the year,
“The Ravens did not give him the ball near the goal line, though, and
“Rice still isn’t the Rice of old, but he is starting to resemble him. The Ravens will need him to have another productive game if they are to keep pace with the high-scoring Lions in their house.”
PFT: Time For Stokley To Call It Quits
John Harbaugh announced yesterday that 36-year-old receiver
ProFootballTalk.com’s Michael David Smith thinks it may be time for Stokley to hang up his cleats.
“Some would say Stokley shouldn’t play at all, and that at age 36 he ought to call it a career,” he wrote.
“Stokley, however, has said every time the subject of concussions comes up that he loves football too much to walk away. He’ll keep playing as long as he can, even if the concussions continue.”
Patriots’ Gronkowski To IR
One game removed from the Ravens-Patriots showdown, New England put their star tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve after he suffered a knee injury in the third quarter of their victory over the Browns Sunday.
The absence of Gronkowski will have a major impact on their matchup with the Ravens. In fact, the Boston Globe’s Christopher L. Gasper thinks the loss may be too much for the Patriots to overcome.
“The Patriots have overcome season-ending injuries to stalwarts Vince Wilfork (torn Achilles’), Jerod Mayo (torn pectoral), and Sebastian Vollmer (broken leg) to position themselves at 10-3, but this is different,” he wrote.
“This is Gronk, an irreplaceable, irresistible offensive force and uncoverable object.”
Best To Worst PFF Grades
Only one player outscored Flacco, and that’s safety
And then there is the game-winning receiver Brown, who scored a 2.6 overall.
“Who needs Torrey?” asked PFF’s Thomas Maney in jest.
Brown finished with seven catches on 11 targets for 92 yards, including the incredible game-winning touchdown in the back of the end zone in which he kept two feet in bounds. “He did have a couple of tough drops earlier in the game, but his fourth-quarter heroics certainly made up for it, especially in a game where Torrey Smith didn’t do a whole lot,” wrote Maney.
In his first game back from hip surgery, tight end
|Name||Snap Count||Rating||Name||Snap Count||Rating|
|Joe Flacco||87||3.5||James Ihedigbo||66||4.6|
- Flacco set the NFL wins mark in style. He is now the winningest quarterback over the first six seasons of an NFL career. “Flacco set the wins mark in dramatic fashion. He did so by producing his 18th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime,” wrote Hensley.
- Jacoby Jones' five kickoff returns for touchdowns since 2009 are tied with Percy Harvin for the most in the NFL (regular season and playoffs), according to ESPN Stats & Information. [ESPN]
- Pitta is an X-factor for the Ravens in their playoff chase. [NFL.com]
- Vikings running back Adrian Person won’t need surgery on his sprained right foot, but he remains unlikely to play against the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday. [ESPN]
- @lindseyyok [Purple Reign Show]: Baltimore, you can use some of Adrian Peterson's salt to melt your walkways this morning. [Twitter]
- I like it. Teammates helping teammates in the snow …@TorreySmithWR: Got rid of my truck at the wrong time ...shoutouts to Haloti though he's picking me up haha
- Does anyone have a pic of this? ... @MattBirk: What is @raylewis wearing on his head? I would have gone with the Elmer Fudd pattern.
- @BaltimoreLuke: Harbaugh on
Asa Jacksongoing shirtless in pre-game: "Asa's got a pretty good physique. Maybe he wanted to show off for all the reporters."
- In the GIF below, Poe is loving life and the snow after Jacoby Jones’ 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. “No word on whether the Ravens mascot tossed any snowballs in the direction of Adrian Peterson (just kidding, Vikings Nation),” wrote an unnamed author of the Baltimore Sports Blitz Blog. [The Baltimore Sun]