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Ravens notes: Daryl Smith had best game Sunday; Justin Forsett on pace for 1,149 yards

Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith tackles Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers.
Ravens linebacker Daryl Smith tackles Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers. (Evan Habeeb, USA Today Sports)

Ravens middle linebacker Daryl Smith had one of his strongest games of the season Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, making a team-high 13 tackles to go along with a quarterback hit and a pass deflection.

Smith has been overshadowed for most of the season by rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, but he was more productive than the first-round draft pick on Sunday. Mosley finished the game with five tackles.

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"Do I say his best game of the year and that be a comparison answer?" Ravens coach John Harbaugh said when asked about Smith. "Maybe so. Daryl played a great game."

Rookie second-round defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan didn't make any tackles Sunday, but he created penetration in his first game back from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a meniscus issue.

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"Timmy did well, especially for the first game back," Harbaugh said.

Forsett's pace 

Ravens running back Justin Forsett rushed for 95 yards on 23 carries Sunday, including a 21-yard run.

Forsett has runfor a team-high 503 yards and three touchdowns through seven games, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. He's on pace to finish the season with 1,149 yards.

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"It's been great being able to dominate upfront," Forsett said. "I just go out there and try to make plays, and the offensive line is doing the job. They're opening up lanes for me."

Miscommunication with Marlon Brown

The Ravens and wide receiver Marlon Brown evidently weren't on the same page before kickoff Sunday.

Even after the team had announced that he was scratched for the game, Brown continued to warm up with his teammates and catch passes in full uniform. Brown apparently didn't get word that he wasn't playing. Eventually, wide receivers coach Bobby Engram informed him and Brown went inside the locker room to change out of his uniform.

"We didn't communicate that," Harbaugh said. "That's my fault, did not communicate well on that. So, he shouldn't have been out there."

Elam's playing time cut

Starting strong safety Matt Elam's playing time was reduced drastically from his usual workload, as he played just 22 snaps on defense. Elam has struggled in pass coverage throughout the season.

Back from a six-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy, Will Hill played 22 snaps at free safety in his regular-season debut.

Darian Stewart played 44 snaps at safety, the same amount as rookie safety Terrence Brooks.

Dropped interception

The emergence of cornerback Jimmy Smith has been noticed around the league, but he still could improve his hands.

Smith dropped a potential interception Sunday.

"I'm about to go out and buy a Juggs machine and just sit on it until my hands bleed," Smith said. "I don't want to talk about it."

End zone

Rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill) played a season-high 20 snaps on offense, catching  one pass for 17 yards. … The Falcons' offense converted only 4 of 15 third downs against the Ravens,  a 26.7-percent success rate. Over the past two games, the Ravens have held opposing offenses to 6 of 27 on third-downs.

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