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Seven Points: Ravens 37, Bills 34 (OT)

Here's what's on my mind after the Ravens beat the Bills in overtime Sunday:

1. On Sunday, Christmas came early in Baltimore. The Ravens blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead -- the second straight week in which they've pulled off that feat -- but they were able to survive a surprising test from the Bills, thanks to a gift from the officials in overtime. Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis ripped the ball out of the hands of Bills tight end Shawn Nelson, whose forward progress had been stopped, in Bills territory. Four plays later, Billy Cundiff booted the game-winning field goal as the Ravens won, 37-34. By not blowing the whistle, the officials blew the game for the Bills. Right or wrong, the Ravens will gladly take a call that, for once, turned the game in their favor.

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2. The legend of Ed Reed continues. Suiting up for the first time in 2010, the All-Universe free safety twice picked off Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick -- he almost took the second one to the house -- and forced a fumble on the Bills' first drive of the game. The crazy thing is that Reed looked a step slow, by his standards, while covering ground out in centerfield. "The next few weeks for me are like training camp," he said after the game. Just imagine the extent of Reed's reach once he works the rust off.

3. The play of the Ravens secondary was somewhat buoyed by Reed's two interceptions, but for a third straight week, the Ravens got torched by an opponent's red-hot passing attack (374 of the Bills' 506 yards came through the air). I took some flak a week ago for criticizing their pass defense after Tom Brady picked them apart down the stretch. Those critics owe me an apology after Fitzpatrick, a career backup, became the first quarterback since Peyton Manning in 2007 to throw for four touchdowns against the Ravens. Fitzpatrick got the ball out of his hands quickly -- not that he needed to against the Ravens' non-existent pass rush -- and allowed wideouts Lee Evans and Steve Johnson to make big plays after the catch. Concerned yet, Baltimore?

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4. Searching for a spark, the Ravens made changes in the return game, but they were as sloppy as ever. Josh Wilson fumbled a kickoff return and Jalen Parmele needs to just take a knee. Lardarius Webb -- who was used to return a punt -- might be the answer, but I worry about the Ravens exposing him to injury again. There is no clear solution here.

5. Ravens tight end Todd Heap was one of the many bright spots in the team's 37-point offensive outburst. Heap, who has dispelled that silly notion that he's Charmin soft, caught a pair of critical touchdowns as the Ravens overcame an early 14-point deficit. Heap is on pace to catch 59 passes for 727 yards and seven touchdowns, which would be his best statistical season since 2006. If he can keep it up, a spot in the Pro Bowl isn't out of the question.

6. One thing the Ravens must improve over the bye week: their tackling. I'm looking directly at you, Fabian Washington, though he certainly wasn't the only one missing tackles out there.

7. The Ravens' decision to chuck the football all over the place in the first half was one of the day's biggest head-scratchers, right up there with the Ravens cheerleader who decided to wear a hot dog costume. Eventually, the Ravens figured out that running the ball made sense against the NFL's 32nd-ranked rush defense, especially with the Ravens defense gasping for air on the sidelines. Unfortunately for the cheerleader dressed as a sausage, she was never able to adjust.

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