One year after catching a game-winning touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith was limited to one inconsequential catch for 7 yards during a 13-10 victory despite being targeted seven times by quarterback Joe Flacco.
The former University of Maryland standout was shadowed all game by cornerback Ike Taylor. Smith was occasionally double-teamed. Smith has caught 32 passes for 555 yards and seven touchdowns this season and is on pace to finish with 51 receptions for 888 yards and 11 touchdowns.
"They were doubling him in the sense that they were doubling both outside guys," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "So, they were playing a two-deep, man-under type of a scheme where they were doubling the outside receiver on both sides, which was Torrey and Anquan [Boldin] usually.
"There were also times when they were open, and maybe Joe felt a little something pushing out underneath it, and he threw it away or a little high and wide where he thought the only guy who would have a chance for it would be the receiver, and it just kind of ended up sailing a little bit too far out there."
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