As he does after each game, Childs Walker recaps five major takeaways from the Ravens' 34-27 win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.
1. The Ravens showed who they are in a game they had to win.
When I say they showed who they are, I literally mean all their key strengths and their one gaping weakness were on display in a crucial victory on the road.
After 15 days off, the Ravens had to feel considerable urgency as they tried to keep pace with the six other AFC teams — three in their own division — that finished the weekend with seven wins. Even if they were facing a reeling Saints team, Drew Brees in the Superdome is never a pushover.
The Ravens answered the call with a showcase of their many strengths. Running back Justin Forsett continued his improbable season with a career-best 182 yards, balanced by quarterback Joe Flacco’s cleanest performance in weeks. The offensive line opened huge holes and mostly kept the Saints off Flacco. The defensive front sacked Brees four times....Read more
Terrence Brooks was in prime position to prevent Drew Brees' 26-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston at the end of the first half Monday night.
But the Ravens' rookie free safety didn't react quickly enough or aggressively enough to make a play on the ball. Although the Ravens still won the game, 34-27, Brooks was highly annoyed with himself in the Ravens' locker room afterward.
"I should have made the play," Brooks said while shaking his head in disgust. "I read the play perfectly and I was in position to get a pick. Obviously, I didn't come up with it. I just got to be more aggressive on the ball and have that confidence and play how I'm supposed to play. I feel like I'm kind of in a rut.
"I'm actually up and down with it right now. I don't know what it is, but we got to figure it out fast and play better. That was a play I definitely should have made. It just didn't happen. I'm disappointed in myself and how I'm playing right now. This up-and-down thing, it don't matter if I'm a...Read more
Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors share their immediate reaction to the Ravens' game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Week 12.
Aaron Wilson, reporter: The Ravens manufactured an emotional 34-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night that they absolutely had to have to keep pace in the ultra-competitive AFC North division. Behind a strong running game led by Justin Forsett’s career-high 182 yards and two touchdowns, an accurate Joe Flacco who didn’t throw an interception and was only sacked once and safety Will Hill provided a momentum-changing play with his interception return for a touchdown. The Ravens sacked Drew Brees four times, including a pair of sacks by outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil. They needed to muster every bit of pass rush to prevent Brees from breaking the game open. He still wound up completing 35 of 45 passes for 420 yards and three touchdowns. Another plus for the Ravens was wide receivers Steve Smith and...Read more
The Ravens are now $4.287 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million.
That includes a subtraction of $1.411 million in salary-cap space that was held when indefinitely suspended former running back Ray Rice filed a grievance against the team citing wrongful termination of his $35 million contract. The salary-cap reduction remains in place until his grievance is resolved.
The Ravens are also facing $121,000 injury grievances from former Maryland tight end Matt Furstenberg and wide receiver Mike Willie. The Ravens recently settled a $121,000 injury settlement from former defensive tackle Levi Brown for $63,000.
The Ravens paid veteran cornerback Dominique Franks $33,529 in termination pay after he was released.
The Ravens created a net savings of $3.529 million in salary and cap space for this fiscal year when they terminated Rice's $35 million contract.
They also took on $4.755 million in dead money for this year and $9.5 million in dead money in 2015, reflecting the...Read more
Two of the Ravens' recent second-round draft picks were healthy scratches for Monday night's game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Inside linebacker Arthur Brown, a 2013 second-round draft pick from Kansas State, was inactive after being active for the previous two games. He played special teams in those games.
The Ravens have safety Brynden Trawick active this game after deactivating him against the Tennessee Titans.
Nose tackle Terrence Cody, a 2010 second-round draft pick from Alabama, was inactive for the second consecutive game since being activated from the reserve physically-unable to perform list.
The Ravens also scratched rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro, a seventh-round draft pick from Wake Forest. The River Hill graduate has now missed three games in a row with a pulled hamstring. The Ravens had hoped he would be cleared to practice last week, but his leg wasn't ready. He's expected to return to practice as soon as this week.
The Ravens...Read more
As the Ravens (6-4) prepare to play the New Orleans Saints (4-6) on Monday night at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, here's Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson’s checklist of things to watch:
1. What’s the plan against Jimmy Graham?
The Cincinnati Bengals effectively stopped Graham a week ago, limiting the Saints' All-Pro tight end to three receptions for 29 yards.
They did so by roughing him up early in the game, albeit with an illegal hit by safety George Iloka that was celebrated by coach Marvin Lewis. Regardless of the method, the results were effective as Graham looked scared to go across the middle for the remainder of the game after the hit shook him up and gave him a sore shoulder.
The Ravens’ strategy is expected to heavily involve coverage from safety Will Hill, who has experience playing against Graham from his days with the New York Giants. The Ravens are also expected to use rookie linebacker C.J. Mosley in coverage situations against Graham because of his size and...Read more