It was an ugly performance by the Baltimore Ravens as a whole on Sunday as they could not do anything in the run game and allowed over 200 yards rushing on defense, but believe it or not, there were some standout performers for Baltimore.
Normally we have to narrow down this list to just five players, but this week we ended up with five players exactly who we felt deserving of being recognized.
There is little argument as to who was the best player on the field was Sunday, as the wide receiver was fantastic. Smith made several big plays on the day, including a long 74 yard grab. He also reeled in a 26 yard touchdown pass on the day. Smith finished the game with five grabs for a robust 166 yards and one touchdown.
Suggs may have made headlines in this game for his hit on quarterback E.J. Manuel in the final seconds of the game on a delayed kneel down, but he actuall had a superb game on defense. Suggs had a game high 17 tackles and also through in his fourth sack of the season as well. He was all over the field on defense and kept several run plays from going for even more yards.
Graham has struggled so far this season and has seen Jimmy Smith take his starting spot away from him, but Graham had a bounce back game this week. Graham was second to Suggs in tackles with nine and he also picked off a pass and forced a fumble as well. Hopefully this was the start of Graham returning to his 2012 playoff form where he played extremely well.
Playing in his first game of the season as he missed the first three with a foot injury, Thompson played very well on offense and special teams. Thompson returned three kick offs in the game, one of which he broke for a 34 yard return. He wound up with an average of 24.3 yards per return. He also contributed on offense during the game as he reeled in four grabs for 50 yards.
OK, so almost anytime a punter makes our standout performer list, it is usually not a great day for the Ravens, but Koch was fantastic on Sunday. He unfortunately had to punt the ball seven times in the game, but placed two of those inside the 20 yard line and average 47.3 yards per punt, with a long of 53 yards.
These are our standout performers for the Ravens in their 23-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills, who were yours? Did we miss someone? Let your voice be heard by posting a comment!
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