Given the amount of question marks facing the Ravens offense after a disastrous performance against Indianapolis last Sunday, the response by Flacco and Company may have surely answered some of those questions.
It was a franchise day for the Ravens as they scored the most offensive points in the first quarter at 28. Flacco had a career high in TD passes with 5, in the first half.
Complementing Flacco was the running game led by Justin Forsett who accounted for 111 yards on 14 carries. Bernard Pierce split the carries but only amounted 32 yards on 15 carries.
The offensive line looked like its early-season self on Sunday, not allowing a single sack and for the most part run-blocked very well. In place on an injured Kelechi Osemele, John Urschel may have proved his worth as a good insurance policy at the left guard position.
Torrey Smith responded perhaps better than anyone else after receiving strong criticism from head coach, John Harbaugh due to inept production over the course of the prior five games. Smith hauled in two TD receptions, both the first two scoring tosses by Flacco. Steve Smith had an exceptional day, boasting 110 receiving yards on 5 receptions including a 56-yard TD bomb. Kamar Aiken and Michael Campanaro both tallied their first career TD receptions (Campanaro being River Hill High School alumni). It certainly was a good day to be a receiver.
The Ravens defense harassed Mike Glennon almost every passing play, racking up five sacks. The secondary was weak in very few instances but above all played well. Jimmy Smith got the games only pick.
The first and second level as always dominated the running game, allowing less than a buck rushing between two Tampa Bay running backs. As far as anyone is concerned, this is the one aspect of the roster at this point in time that can be counted on to play consistently from game to game.
The Ravens may have played a lower-level squad, but they need to build upon the immense success if they are to defeat Atlanta next week and win the majority of the games thereafter. It really is a matter of consistency right now for Baltimore.