GAME PLAN: In a flash, this was over. The Ravens' super-speed strategy unfolded perfectly with quick-hitting plays called by offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, gaping holes opened by the offensive line and an offense that looked like it was in fast-forward while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played like their cleats were stuck in the field. It got out of hand quickly as the Ravens scored four touchdowns in the first quarter, including two touchdowns in the first five minutes. Between an effective running game led by Justin Forsett that capitalized on attacking creases and taking advantage of overpursuit from a fast, undersized 4-3, Cover 2-based scheme and quarterback Joe Flacco's accuracy and arm strength, the Buccaneers were clearly overmatched. Defensive coordinator Dean Pees rolled out an attacking approach based on having outside linebackers Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil pinch inside off the edge to harass quarterback Mike Glennon. The Ravens didn't have to blitz frequently to create a pass rush. When they did send inside linebackers C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith, it was an effective gambit as Mosley hit Glennon three times and Smith sacked him once on his lone blitz.
PERSONNEL: Because of an emergency situation created by Kelechi Osemele's bruised, hyperextended right knee, the Ravens were forced to start rookie fifth-round pick John Urschel at left guard. Urschel played every snap, holding his own while blocking All-Pro defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Wide receivers Steve Smith (46 snaps) and Torrey Smith (44 snaps) got nearly identical playing time. Because of the lopsided score, rookie tight end Crockett Gillmore played a season-high 41 snaps and caught the first two passes of his NFL career. He played the same amount of snaps as veteran Owen Daniels. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk played 36 snaps, 54 percent of the workload. In his first NFL game, rookie wide receiver Michael Campanaro played 26 snaps. Bernard Pierce was in the game by the third play from scrimmage, playing 23 snaps, 11 less than Forsett. Jacoby Jones' playing time at wide receiver went up to 19 snaps, but it didn't increase his productivity. The defensive ironmen with nearly 100 percent participation were Mosley and cornerback Jimmy Smith playing 66 snaps, four more than Daryl Smith. Lardarius Webb started and played a season-high 59 snaps. Terrell Suggs went up to 54 snaps and his groin injury appears to be behind him. Rookie safety Terrence Brooks got a season-high 48 snaps. With Chris Canty out, DeAngelo Tyson started and played 36 snaps in the defensive rotation, the same amount as nose tackle Brandon Williams. As Dumervil went up to 41 snaps, Courtney Upshaw's playing time dipped to 28 snaps. In his first game since being re-signed, cornerback Dominique Franks played 31 snaps.
WHAT WENT RIGHT ON OFFENSE: Flacco displayed touch on his throws, delivering a career-high five touchdown passes by halftime. He found a rare rhythm with Torrey Smith, hitting him twice on slant patterns for touchdowns. Flacco completed all four of his deep balls for 122 yards and three touchdowns. Steve Smith caught five passes for 110 yards, hauling in a 56-yarder on a fly route. Flacco perfectly executed a bootleg and found Steve Smith in stride to beat Alterraun Verner, the Buccaneers' top cornerback. Campanaro and Kamar Aiken caught their first NFL touchdowns. Forsett busted through a huge hole in the first quarter for 52 yards to set up Torrey Smith's first touchdown pass. Forsett finished with a season-high 111 yards on 14 carries, averaging 7.9 yards per run in his first 100-game since 2009. Pierce scored his first touchdown of the season. The offensive line, despite starting two rookies in left tackle James Hurst and Urschel next to him, allowed no sacks and no quarterback hits. The Ravens went 5-for-5 in the red zone and converted 7 of 13 third-down opportunities. Marshal Yanda had an outstanding game in run-blocking and pass-blocking situations.
WHAT WENT WRONG ON OFFENSE: Pierce averaged just 2.1 yards per run, not running as hard as usual. Jones dropped his sixth pass of the season. Justin Tucker had a 64-yard field goal attempt blocked to end the first half. The Ravens rarely blocked athletic linebacker Lavonte David as the All-Pro recorded a game-high 14 tackles.
WHAT WENT RIGHT ON DEFENSE: The Ravens relentlessly went after Glennon, sacking him a season-high five times and hitting him 15 times. It was reminiscent of the Ravens' pass rush from a few years ago. Suggs had four quarterback hits and his first full sack since last December. Dumervil had 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hits. Williams collapsed the pocket for five tackles and a half-sack. Jimmy Smith contained Vincent Jackson, holding him to four catches for 66 yards on 13 targets. Webb allowed just three catches for 27 yards on five targets, moving more sharply than a week ago and had three tackles and one pass deflection. Mosley had a team-high eight tackles.
WHAT WENT WRONG ON DEFENSE: Free safety Matt Elam is still struggling in coverage. He allowed completions on both passes thrown in his direction, including a 3-yard touchdown pass to Louis Murphy. He also was flagged for holding and had a missed tackle. Franks had trouble staying with his coverage assignments.
KEY PLAY: When Forsett dashed 52 yards behind Yanda's block, it set a tone for the Ravens' offense. Two plays later, Torrey Smith was in the end zone on a 15-yard score. The Ravens built a 7-0 lead they would never surrender.
BEST HIT: Suggs faked inside and then ran around left offensive tackle Anthony Collins to barrel into Glennon for one of his better hits, causing the quarterback to wince in pain.
GAME BALLS: 1. Flacco (five touchdown passes, 306 yards, 146.0 quarterback rating); 2. Torrey Smith and Steve Smith (combined for nine catches, 161 yards, three touchdowns; 3. Forsett (111 yards, 7.9 average); 4. Brandon Williams (five tackles, half-sack).
INTANGIBLES: Bouncing back from a disappointing road loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Ravens were disciplined, hard-nosed and hard-hitting. The offense played fast and the Ravens didn't relax until the game was well in hand having built a 38-0 halftime lead.