Running back Justin Forsett all but put the game away with his second rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter as the Ravens beat the New Orleans Saints, 34-27, in front of an announced 73,773 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The formula for beating the New Orleans Saints hasn't changed for a long time. If you want to keep their high-powered offense out of the end zone, you have to keep the ball out of the hands of wily quarterback Drew Brees. For the Ravens to do that, they might need to take the ball out of the hands of Joe Flacco.
By nearly every measure, the Ravens' offense has improved dramatically from last season. Through 10 games, the Ravens are averaging more than five points, 56 total yards and 41 rushing yards per game than they were at this point last year. They've gone from ranking 30th in the NFL in total offense to 12th.
From first-round pick C.J. Mosley at inside linebacker to mid-round picks Terrence Brooks (safety) and John Urschel (guard) to undrafted tackle James Hurst, the Ravens' 2014 rookie class has proven to be one of the franchise's most successful in recent history.
The line of scrimmage was crowded with extra defenders Sunday as aggressive Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Ray Horton kept sending linebackers after Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco with a blitz package that also disrupted running plays.
In an afternoon that featured a slow start by the defense and gamelong struggles by the offense, the Ravens pulled away late for a 21-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans in front of an announced 70,914 at M&T Bank Stadium.
While acknowledging that such mistakes as rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro¿s second-quarter fumble in Pittsburgh shouldn¿t become a habit, offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday that he doesn¿t shy away from players after turnovers, and won¿t with Taliaferro.
NBC's "Sunday Night Football" is the gold standard of NFL television, no doubt about it. But last night's telecast of the Ravens 43-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was not one of the network's greatest performances.
Rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro bolted into the end zone untouched for a pair of touchdowns Sunday in the second half as he provided the majority of the Ravens' big plays offensively during a losing cause.
Although offensive tackle Eugene Monroe was rested for one series when rookie James Hurst replaced him and offensive guard Kelechi Osemele was out briefly with an eye injury, the left side of the Ravens¿ offensive line emerged relatively unscathed during their first game back from knee injuries.