It has now been a few days since the Baltimore Ravens were victims of a NFL single game tying record of seven touchdowns passes from Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, but some Ravens did have impressive performances in the game.
This is not simply a "put a positive spin on things" attempt, but the Ravens did have some guys play very well on Thursday Night even though the scoreboard may not have shown it.
OK, so the Ravens secondary allowed seven touchdown passes and overall had one of the worst nights ever seen by Baltimore fans, but Webb, who was playing his first game since tearing his ACL last season, was fantastic. Webb was blanketing receivers, making cuts without any limitation and covering the stop and go extremely well. Officially, Webb was targeted six times in Thursday Night's game and allowed just one completion and had a batted pass. Perhaps the most promising stat of them all was that Webb played 62 of the 71 defensive plays for the Ravens.
Brown has been all the rage around Baltimore over the past few weeks as he emerged as a legitimate wide receiver option for the Ravens offense and he was sure to get playing time on Thursday Night. When Jacoby Jones went down with his sprained MCL, Brown began to be a constant presence in the Ravens offense. Not only did Brown see consistent playing time, he was very productive and a legitimate threat. Brown reeled in four grabs for 65 yards and touchdown in the game, and although he did have a dropped pass, he was not nearly the concern in that regard as others.
It became very evident right away that resigning Leach was a very good move. Leach continued to show his growing versatility that he began to show last year as he caught, yes caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco in the first quarterback. That was not the only catch of the game either, as Leach caught three balls. Obviously catching the ball is not Leach's forte, and that is of course blocking and he did a wonderful job of that, at least when the Ravens were running the football. Twice he opened holes for running back Ray Rice, including Rice's one yard touchdown run in the first half.
Although he did have a poor punt by his standards in the game, Koch still punted extremely well. He certainly had a lot of opportunities in the game as he punted nine times, but in those nine punts, Koch averaged 50.7 yards per punt. Koch did have a punt blocked in the game, but it was certainly not his fault as the ball had barely left his foot as the Bronco defender was in the backfield almost instantly as he broke through the line.
We know it was still not the night the Ravens or their fans were hoping for, but there were some positives to take out of the game. The above players played extremely well on Thursday Night and Baltimore will get a chance to get back on track Sunday as they take on the Cleveland Browns. The one other positive note from the weekend is that everyone in the AFC North lost, therefore the Ravens are still in a tie for the division lead.
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