Instant analysis of the Ravens' 26-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins
By The Baltimore Sun
Oct 06, 2013 | 5:17 PM
Baltimore Sun staff members give their thoughts on the Ravens' 26-23 win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 5.
Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The Ravens, and John Harbaugh in particular, hate making comparisons to previous seasons, but that was the type of game that this team won in the past. They make some plays that leave you scratching your head. And then they do enough down the stretch to win the game. They won Sunday because they recommitted to the running game and were reminded that Ray Rice still is their best offensive player. They also won because Terrell Suggs decided that it was time to take over the game. The performance leaves plenty of things to question going forward, but all that mattered to the Ravens was that they beat a quality team on the road and avoided falling to 2-3.
Aaron Wilson, reporter: The Ravens pull out a narrow 26-23 victory despite being shorthanded at wide receiver with Jacoby Jones and Marlon Brown both out with injuries. The Ravens endured an extremely rough game for Bryant McKinnie in what's likely his last start at left tackle once Eugene Monroe takes over, and A.Q. Shipley was forced into duty at left guard with Kelechi Osemele sidelined. Being stubborn with the running game paid off as Ray Rice scored twice to overcome his second lost fumble of the season. Terrell Suggs continued his stellar season with three sacks and is up to seven in five games, rivaling his 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year form.
Matt Vensel, reporter: After another sluggish first half, the Ravens found signs of life with their running game, scoring two touchdowns on the ground and using Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce to set up their late game-winning field goal. I'm sure there will be some nitpicking after another tight win, but the Dolphins are a pretty good team. This was a big win on the road.
Peter Schmuck, columnist: Not pretty, but who cares at this point? The running game got on track and a win is a win. And, anyway, that's why God made place-kickers.
Ron Fritz, sports editor: The Ravens survive critical mistakes to find a way to win. Simply trying to run the ball opened up the passing game a bit. Any road win for the Ravens is a good one.