Joe Flacco has to step up his game against top-notch competition. He moved well in the pocket and made plays with his legs but few with his arms. He holds the ball too long locating receivers.
When it came to running the ball, the Ravens were manhandled by the Giants up front. New York got penetration and cut off the running backs before they got to the holes. The pass protection was decent.
Derrick Mason had seven catches for 82 yards but couldn't handle a pass that was intercepted and returned 50 yards for a touchdown. Tight end Todd Heap had three catches for 16 yards but was no factor, like the rest of the receivers.
Anybody see the three-headed monster? Le'Ron McClain, Willis McGahee and Ray Rice combined for 47 yards on 19 carries. There were no holes to run through, and only Rice was a factor as a receiver.
This group played well after a slow start, but it was dominated in the first two quarters. New York attacked the Ravens on the edges and had no problems beating up on the ends. If the tackles didn't make the plays, the ends didn't.
It was a bad day at the office. Inside linebacker Ray Lewis was trying to tackle the ball instead of the runner. Bart Scott made a few plays but spent too much time fighting. Outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and Jarret Johnson weren't factors.
The Ravens failed to get pressure on the quarterback, which made the coverage look bad at times. But like the rest of the defense, the tackling was poor, and so were the angles of pursuit. Players in the secondary wanted no parts of Brandon Jacobs.
Sam Koch wasn't his usual stellar self, averaging 31.3 yards a punt. Yamon Figurs is a disappointment as a return specialist. The Ravens committed too many penalties, ruining field position. Worst of all, Matt Stover had a field-goal try blocked by an armpit.