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Fire Arians
10-03-2010, 04:12 PM
Just a few observations.

1. Mendenhall - Dude's proving that he's the real deal and definitely looks to be improved from last year. He's what I call a 'complete' back that can do it all, he has the big play ability and can also get those tough yards when needed. 70 yards and 2 touchdowns against the ravens defense is not bad at all.

2. Batch had all day to throw the ball - Offensive line did a hell of a job (minus the boneheaded penalties on the final possession). Pouncey had a few pancake blocks and mendenhall/redman did a great job picking up blitzers. Batch just simply isn't as good as Ben.

3. Red Zone scoring - 2 for 2 in the red zone. Big reason is because of mendenhall running hard.

4. Defense forced 2 turnovers - IMO, despite the D giving up the touchdown late, I can't blame the guys, they for the most part held their end of the bargain. The offense need to convert turnovers to points, especially when they happen at the opponents' 35 yard line..

5. Not our best performance but we still almost (should have) won - Respect when it's due, the Ravens are one of the top teams in the NFL, and pushed them to the limit despite playing sloppy. We made a lot of mistakes on both sides of the ball & special teams, and they still only won by 3.

theplatypus
10-03-2010, 04:15 PM
You forgot #6

No more whatdoIknow!:tt03::drink:

Fire Arians
10-03-2010, 04:17 PM
You forgot #6

No more whatdoIknow!:tt03::drink:

haha i just didnt read his posts, but that's a plus for most :)

Fire Arians
10-03-2010, 04:20 PM
oh yeah ryan clark knocking mcclain out of the game was sweet. not that i like to see people get injured but that's how you hit. we all know clark is a hard hitter but he's giving up a lot of size to the big man and he took him down hard

Mags87
10-03-2010, 04:23 PM
5. Not our best performance but we still almost (should have) won - Respect when it's due, the Ravens are one of the top teams in the NFL, and pushed them to the limit despite playing sloppy. We made a lot of mistakes on both sides of the ball & special teams, and they still only won by 3.

i disagree. even though they beat us today, i havent been impressed with Baltimore so far this season. they're defense showed up for most of today it seems but i still put a lot of that on our offense being too conservative. So far, this looks like its our division to take this season. with Ben back in the lineup from here on out (knock on wood) and our defense giving up a season high of 17 points, i think we are in for another great season.

Curtain_of_Steel
10-03-2010, 04:49 PM
Big Ben comes back after this game was over and were are 3-1.

Only bright spot.

theplatypus
10-03-2010, 04:51 PM
Big Ben comes back after this game was over and were are 3-1.

Only bright spot.


You're certainly the glass is half empty type.

ZoneBlitzer
10-04-2010, 12:42 AM
1. Mendenhall - Dude's proving that he's the real deal and definitely looks to be improved from last year. He's what I call a 'complete' back that can do it all, he has the big play ability and can also get those tough yards when needed. 70 yards and 2 touchdowns against the ravens defense is not bad at all.

I slightly disagree. I am not entirely sold on Mendy just yet. I'd like to see more decisiveness when he reaches the line. I thought it was a shame that Redman didn't get enough carries to help push the pile like Hillis of the Browns did.

2. Batch had all day to throw the ball - Offensive line did a hell of a job (minus the boneheaded penalties on the final possession). Pouncey had a few pancake blocks and mendenhall/redman did a great job picking up blitzers. Batch just simply isn't as good as Ben.

Yah but that was when they were dropping 8 in coverage. The TV coverage seems to never show it but I'd like to see just how tight the coverage was to see what Charlie was looking at.

3. Red Zone scoring - 2 for 2 in the red zone. Big reason is because of mendenhall running hard.

Against the Ravens, that is huge.

4. Defense forced 2 turnovers - IMO, despite the D giving up the touchdown late, I can't blame the guys, they for the most part held their end of the bargain. The offense need to convert turnovers to points, especially when they happen at the opponents' 35 yard line..

Yup...but too many 3rd and long conversions. At least it felt that way...

5. Not our best performance but we still almost (should have) won - Respect when it's due, the Ravens are one of the top teams in the NFL, and pushed them to the limit despite playing sloppy. We made a lot of mistakes on both sides of the ball & special teams, and they still only won by 3.

They are well coached and have a great D. Our offense looked bad but you got to give the opponent some credit for making us look bad. Special teams still scare me. I feel a few long returns coming this year. As for Reed, I can't blame him. Those were tough kicks. What do you expect when the offense can't even gain an inch.

steeltheone
10-04-2010, 02:05 AM
Timmons was all over the field...What a beast!

SoCalFan
10-04-2010, 02:13 AM
Pass protection and running game looked good!Sepulveda had a good day too.

SteelKnight
10-04-2010, 02:20 AM
I was pleased with the O-line. Ben has to realise that they only allowed 2 sacks in the last 2 games so there is a skill to getting the ball out of your hands. We'll let him do his thing and buy time but we have to tread lightly on blaming the O-line for the sacks now.

Tough painful loss and now I have to wait 2 weeks to get over it. I'm glad Ben is back though.