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Ravens WR Smith breaks out of slump

OWINGS MILLS - Held in check for much of the previous month, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith re-emerged during the team's 33-14 win against the New York Giants this past Sunday.

Playing just a week after sustaining a concussion against the Denver Broncos, Smith hauled in five catches for 88 yards and a touchdown.

He had a total of just five catches for 68 yards in the three games prior to Sunday.

"He's a good receiver, and he's going to get his plays," Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said of Smith. "He's very good about it if he doesn't. But we're trying to do everything we can to get those guys the ball on a regular basis. He did a great job making some plays down the field and moving those chains for us."

Smith caught a 6-yard touchdown to cap Baltimore's opening possession before hauling in a contested 43-yard catch on the second play of the Ravens' ensuing drive to set up a Flacco 1-yard scoring run.

He added an acrobatic one-handed grab for a 21-yard gain during the second quarter that helped lead to a Ray Rice touchdown catch.

Smith and Anquan Boldin combined for 12 catches for 181 yards and the touchdown.

Four of Smith's five catches came during the first half.

"We have a bunch of great receivers, and more often than not, we're coming out with the ball if it's a one-on-one opportunity," Smith said. "And Joe is very aggressive and he likes to take advantage of those opportunities."

Flacco finished 25-of-36 for 309 yards and two scoring passes, including the one to Smith.

Baltimore finished with a season-high 533 yards of total offense.

"The whole offense [played well]," Ravens safety Ed Reed said. "When they are clicking like that, and we have control in the game - controlling the time of possession - and Joe [Flacco] is on point with the ball, just getting it to the playmakers, you see what we can do as a team."

Smith is one of those playmakers, but the speedy second-year receiver from the University of Maryland has been limited at times throughout the course of the season.

He has 49 catches for 855 yards and eight touchdowns - and has four games he's finished with 88 yards or more - but there's also been nine games during which he's been held to three catches or fewer.

He was limited to 33 yards or less in four of the five games prior to Sunday.

But, as he continues his progression into becoming a more refined all-around receiver, he remains one of the league's most dangerous deep threats.

Smith's 17.4 yards per catch is third-most in the NFL among receivers with more than 11 catches. He's also tied for second in the AFC in catches of 40 yards or longer (5).

He's had at least one catch of 20 yards or longer in 10 of Baltimore's first 15 games.

"He's a big part of the offense," Ravens tight end Ed Dickson said of Smith. "It definitely helps when we can get him going."

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