It was a good win for Baltimore. The offense gained 402 total yards but settled for too many field goals. Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff had a busy day with four field goals, as the Ravens were 1-for-7 in red-zone efficiency.
• In his Week 9 Snap Judgments, SI.com's Don Banks looks ahead to the Ravens' Thursday night matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.
Come to think of it, we've got an enticing [ Joe] Flacco versus [Matt] Ryan showdown to count down to this week: 6-2 first-place Baltimore plays at 6-2 first-place Atlanta in the opener of the NFL Network's schedule Thursday night.
• SI.com's Peter King ranks the Ravens atop The Fine Fifteen poll this week.
As many famous players as the Ravens have, and as many good ones, Ray Rice very often looks like the most important one. He sure did Sunday in the victory over Miami.
• Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com writes about the vocal locker rooms at M&T; Bank Stadium after yesterday's Ravens-Dolphins game.
In one of the mouthiest pair of postgame locker rooms ever, Crowder was the irate star. Crowder's first explosion actually came during Baltimore's total outclassing of Miami, 26-10. The Dolphins linebacker went ballistic early in the game for what seemed to be no apparent reason. He had to be restrained by teammates and game officials. Afterward, we found out why he was so angry.
• The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero grades the Dolphins on their loss to the Ravens.
OVERALL: D -- The Dolphins had an opportunity to get back in the AFC East crown race on a day New England lost. They also had a chance to prove they could beat a playoff-caliber AFC opponent. Miami failed on both counts.
• Salguero also questions several aspects of the Dolphins' game plan, including their defensive scheme.
The Dolphins also did a head-scratching thing on defense, by the way. Baltimore's Ray Rice is typically a player other teams shadow because he's a yards-from-scrimmage machine.
The Dolphins didn't agree Rice deserved the respect of a spy. "No, for what?" Dansby said. "Why would we shadow him?"
The NFL named Miami Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter special teams player of the month a few days ago. Carpenter missed a 46-yard field goal attempt that would have pulled the Dolphins within a touchdown of the Baltimore Ravens early in the fourth quarter. Carpenter had made 13 in a row.
• In a separate entry, Graham talks about the Dolphins' identity -- or lack thereof -- following the loss to the Ravens.
The Miami Dolphins weren't going to finish the season with an undefeated road record. They were due to lose away from Sun Life Stadium. In that regard, Sunday's result from M&T; Bank Stadium shouldn't make Dolfans depressed.
But in many ways, how the afternoon unfolded for the Dolphins was more alarming than one defeat to a formidable opponent.
• The Los Angeles Times' Athan Atsales discusses the Ravens' victory in his quick-hitting Week 9 roundup.
Miami came into the game a perplexing 4-0 on the road and 0-3 at home. Ravens are glad the Dolphins got that straightened out.
• ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss says Shayne Graham, a kicker who was in training camp with the Ravens, could be picked up by the New England Patriots if Stephen Gostkowski's injury causes him to miss time.
Two options are Shayne Graham and Shaun Suisham, both of whom were at Gillette Stadium for workouts in October as part of the team keeping its emergency lists updated.
The 32-year-old Graham, who kicked for the Bengals from 2003-2009, was with the Giants in one game this season as an emergency fill-in. The 28-year-old Suisham had his longest stint with the Redskins from 2006-2009, but he has not kicked in the NFL this season.
[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]
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