Instant analysis from the Ravens' 38-6 win over the Dolphins
By The Baltimore Sun
Dec 04, 2016 | 3:15 PM
Mark Selig, Ravens editor: At last, the Ravens delivered the type of all-around performance that makes you think they could be a playoff team -- and not just in
Mike Preston, Ravens columnist: December is the month when the pretenders get separated from the contenders, and the Ravens knocked Miami around Sunday. The Dolphins weren't ready to match the Ravens' intensity. The Ravens have been in this situation before, where they are in the hunt for a playoff spot. This was all new to Miami, which hasn't made a playoff appearance since 2008. Maybe this was a breakout game for the Ravens offensively.
Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens reporter: Let's start with the obvious question: Where has this Ravens team been all year? After weeks of offensive struggles, the Ravens finally looked like a team capable of not only going to the playoffs, but making some noise when they get there. It was hard not to think back to the dominating victory over the New York Giants in December of the 2012 season. At the same, the Ravens' offense was struggling and they looked nothing like a playoff team. But they throttled the Giants and players cited that game as the impetus for their playoff run. Who knows whether the Miami victory will have the same effect. The Ravens have to face the New England Patriots on the road on Monday. But make no mistake, the Ravens deserve to be feeling good about themselves after this one. They pounded a red-hot Miami team into submission.
Edward Lee, Ravens reporter: For a team riding a six-game winning streak, the Dolphins looked lifeless and flat. Then again, that might have had something to do with the Ravens scoring touchdowns on their first two drives and three of their first four. Some fans might think this is a sign that the Ravens are playoff-bound already, but the New England Patriots might have something to say about that.
Mark Selig, Ravens editor: At last, the Ravens delivered the type of all-around performance that makes you think they could be a legit playoff contender -- and not just one by default because they're in a bad division. Listen to national discussion this week, and you're going to hear a lot of people say, "You know what team I wouldn't want to run into? The Ravens." The offense has to keep it up, lest this quality performance remains an outlier. A Monday Night Football game at New England next week should tell us a lot about how far the Ravens have come.
Ron Fritz, sports editor: It's hard to argue with an easy win over a supposed playoff contender. This game sets the Ravens up well for next week's game against the Patriots because New England won't allow the Ravens to run the ball. Joe Flacco and Tom Brady might throw 60 times each next Monday. The defense was decent, but the Dolphins are a bad offensive team. The Ravens did what they had to do, and easy wins have been hard to come by in recent years.
Childs Walker, reporter: We haven't seen the Ravens lay this kind of beating on a quality opponent in two years. Joe Flacco delivered one of the best games of his career after teammates called for him to be more aggressive during the week. If the Ravens can pair anything approaching this level of offense with their punishing defense, they might make a real run in January. This was close to a playoff game, and they responded with easily their best performance of the season. You can't ask for more than that.