For their eighth win, the Ravens put together a vintage defensive performance capped with a little Ray Rice running.
Baltimore beat up Tampa Bay’s offense for most of Sunday, then hung on late for a 17-10 win. It may sound ugly, but the ending was a thing of a beauty for Ravens fans.
Rice iced the game just after the Ravens defense gave up another impressive fourth quarter touchdown drive by Josh Freeman. On five plays, Rice went 40 yards to pick up three first downs and set up a few victory formation snaps.
The Bucs, now 7-4, have still not beat a winning team this year. Still, they have made progress with close losses in Atlanta and Baltimore. Ultimately, their rush defense let them down late.
We still get the feeling the Ravens haven’t played their best football, which is a remarkable statement considering they are 8-3. The win helped them keep pace with the Steelers and put Baltimore two games ahead in the Wild Card race.
We’ve said it before, it’s hard not to imagine second place in the AFC North (and East) getting a playoff spot.