Many experts felt that the Baltimore Ravens were a little overmatched in their week three matchup against the Houston Texans, but of course here in Charm City we like being underdogs and the Ravens flourished in their 30-9 victory. Several players had big games for the Ravens and we want to highlight the standout performers.
There were a multitude of players that had big games for the Ravens, but we feel we have chosen the biggest performers of week three.
This may be one of the more obvious choices, and he didn't make much of a stamp on the game as a wide receiver, but his punt return gave the Ravens a boost that no one saw coming. Leading by just four points at 10-6, Doss, who was resigned as some added depth at wide receiver and returner after Jacoby Jones went down with a sprained MCL, he proceeded to return a second quarter punt 82 yards to the house. Last year we saw Jones make several big returns at just the right time and Doss gave the 2013 Ravens another one, at just the right time.
Pierce's numbers may not jump of the page (24 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown), but his overall performance was crucial to the Ravens victory. Pierce gave the Ravens a huge touchdown early in the second half that gave Baltimore a 23-9 lead. What he did do was pick up blitz's very well, which has been one of the critiques of his game, and he continued to pound the football. He carried the ball 24 times for the Ravens and even though the big yardage gains weren't there, Houston still had to play the run somewhat and thus allowed Flacco a little more room in the passing game.
Smith continues to impress everyone as his talents have been hidden most of his career playing in the lowly market in Jacksonville. Obviously the biggest play of the game came when he stepped in front of TE Owen Daniels to pick off quarterback Matt Schaub and he returned it all the way to the house for the pick six. It was a crucial play in the game, and in addition he just so happened to lead everyone in tackles as well.
OK, so he just made three field goals, but his performance was standout worthy because of what he was coming off of. Tucker was coming off of a week two performance where he missed both of his field goal attempts for the first time in his career. Against the Texans, he proceeded to drill all three of his field goal attempts, including two from 40+ yards.
The left tackle, who was so crucial to the Ravens Super Bowl run last postseason, had the tough task of lining up against reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt for most of the game and McKinnie played fantastically. Watt did get one sack in the game, but McKinnie kept him at bay and kept Watt from having a single batted pass, which he is known for. Watt came into the game with three batted passes in two games, but McKinnie kept him from even getting one.
These are our top performers of Baltimore's week three victory, who are yours? Did we hit the nail on the head? Or did we completely leave someone off who should have been on this list? Let your voice be heard by posting a comment!
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