Colts Stampede Ravens 31-3

After watching the first half of today?s Colts-Ravens game I felt compelled to check my calendar. Was it still 2008?

Peyton Manning was supposed to be struggling and today he looked relatively at ease as he carved up the Baltimore defense for 271 yards and 3 touchdowns. Marvin Harrison was back to Pro Bowl form as hauled in two of the three strikes. The Colt D, which was dreadful against the run, looked quick to ball and stuffed the Ravens and held them to 51 yards rushing and forced 5 turnovers.

The education of Joe Flacco continued, as he looked rattled in front of the Indy crowd. He tossed an interception on the third play of the game, botched a handoff and couldn?t even generate a first down until the second quarter.

But certainly every aspect of the Ravens attack had its moments of ineptitude. Yamon Figurs couldn?t decide to simply down a ball kicked 8 yards into the end zone. Chris McAlister turned his body and lost Marvin Harrison for the game?s first score early. Le?Ron McClain coughed up a screen pass that led to another Colts score. Everyone had their chance and just about everyone failed to get the Ravens in the right direction.

From the opening kickoff to the closing gun the Ravens never got any of there game plan underway and appeared a step slow to the speedy Colts who were not about to drop their third game in front of the home fans. They also sent a clear message to everyone that they aren?t dead yet.

The Ravens will need to regroup as they set out on the road again to sunny Miami to play a Dolphins team that is using old tricks to stay ahead of teams. It will be the challenge of the coaching staff to get focused to play a team that they don?t have a good lifetime record against and memories of last season?s setback still have to burn for those on the roster.

Points to Ponder

Both Willis McGahee and Marshall Yanda left the game in the Fourth Quarter. No word on their condition has been made as of yet.

The Ravens vaunted ground game was never a factor as they got behind early and quickly. I didn?t care for the types of run plays called when they did decide to run. They opted for draws and movement side to side instead of a downhill north-south attack.

The Ravens defense registered two sacks and no turnovers. I wonder if Rex Ryan will learn that you can?t continue to expose an already iffy secondary to man-to-man coverage all game long? They should have used more shifts and even throw out some 6 or 7 DBs at some point. They let the receivers move too easily to their spots and they paid the price.

Special Teams again was a hindrance to the team. Baltimore spent most of the day with poor field position to work with and the return game has been non-existent or a decent return has been wiped out by penalties. A former strength of Baltimore has turned into a liability.

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