Here is a cool stat to consider: The Ravens have reached the postseason four out of five times they have won their season opener. The one time they missed the mark was in their rookie campaign in 1996. But before we start booking reservations to Miami…
It might not have been the blowout that some expected, but it was a win in week one, baby! And they covered the spread thank you very much. Accentuate the positive: 501 yards of total offense to be exact. How about that? 501 yards of offense in Baltimore.
Sure the Chiefs got to hang around entirely too long in the 38-24 victory, but this is why they play the game. Don’t hit the panic button just yet, see New England versus Buffalo game Monday night okay?
It was a record-breaker for our Sergeant of Arms, Joe Flacco who came out swinging. Flacco was 26-for-43 for 307 yards with three TDs. Everyone in purple was a target it seemed as Flacco hit up seven different receivers (game plan that!) with fan fave Todd Heap being one of them. Heap was resurrected, so to speak, reeling in 5 catches for 74 yards and one TD. Mark Clayton, who didn’t see a single snap in preseason, also got in on the act— five catches for 77 yards and one TD.
The Ravens running game, fourth best last year, was put on hold in the first half of the game. In the end, we still had Ray Rice top out with 108 yards on 19 touches. Willis McGahee managed to get in the end zone twice as well, one on a rush and another in the air. Le’Ron McClain had six touches for 19 yards and one TD. How sweet it was!
Not all was pretty. It was an ugly display for special teams: blocked punt, missed field goal, penalties that crippled, allowing KC opportunities to be in the game. Late in the game. Too close for comfort. But head coach John Harbaugh has it under control:
“It was very identifiable and very easily corrected,” Harbaugh said. “[It was] disappointing in the sense that there was no look that we hadn’t seen hundreds of times. We just got a little bit, I guess, frozen for a second. Give [No.] 47- Their guy, he’s a really good player. He’s been around for a long time, and he went and got it.”
Play like a Raven=Finish… Good, competitive teams finish and the Ravens did just that. They’ve got their work cut out for them but they are on it.