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5 Things We Learned About The Ravens

1. The Ravens really can run the ball if they're allowed. Yeah, I know, it was just the Detroit Lions, but a committed effort to running the ball really seems to pay dividends for the Ravens. It opens up the passing game and make their offense much more diverse. They put up an interesting graphic on the Fox broadcast, showing that the Ravens pass this season as much as they ran the ball last season. Is Cam Cameron holding the Ravens back from running the ball?

2. Ray Rice is that good. Without him, the Ravens have no home run hitters. Every time he touches the ball, he can go the distance. He's fun to watch because he looks like he just loves to play football. He's always smiling.

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3. The Ravens really turned the heat up on defense. Yeah, I know it was just the Detroit Lions, but the Ravens were flying on defense. Terrell Suggs was back, but it was the young linebackers, Tavares Gooden, Dannell Ellerbe and Jameel McClain, who were really bringing it. Calvin Johnson didn't get the chance to beat the Ravens because Daunte Culpepper was running for his life most of the game.

4. An injury to tight end Todd Heap would be devastating. He has no backup. L.J. Smith is always hurt and Edgar Jones is a converted linebacker who was kept because he's good on special teams. Heap had two catches for 38 yards, but he's much more valuable than that.

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5. Derrick Mason is one tough dude, and the Ravens have life. Mason was drilled by two Lions defenders, but he somehow stayed on his feet and started running for the end zone, finishing off a 62-yard catch-and-run. The Ravens are somehow still on their feet, too and now trail the wild card by one game.


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