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Ravens keep pace in AFC North with vintage defensive effort

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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.

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10 Responses to “Ravens keep pace in AFC North with vintage defensive effort”
  1. bucforever says: Nov 28, 2010 8:42 PM

    The Bucs were out coached and out played in this one. Too many rookie mistakes [9 penalties] and failure to take advantage of the Ravens having one of the league’s worst pass defenses probably cost us the game. The offense should have begun the hurry up much sooner than it did. Again this game was much closer than it seemed. A hot Atlanta team will be a real test of the guts and talent of these young men next Sunday in Tampa. GO BUCS!

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Nov 28, 2010 8:44 PM

    Considering the AFC Worst is going to have an 8-8 or 9-7 champion, and the AFC South isn’t looking to fare much better, I’d say that’s a pretty safe call at this point. Couple more losses by any of the teams in the AFC South and none of them will have a shot at the wild card game.

  3. kevo126 says: Nov 28, 2010 8:48 PM

    rice should have had a huge game if it wasnt for that holding call on boldin…77 yard (i think) touchdown the refs blew

  4. steelers6pack says: Nov 28, 2010 9:13 PM

    1ST week of playoffs could look like this:
    Pitt at S.D
    N.E. at Indy
    NFC could look like this
    Green Bay at St.Louis
    Saints at Giants

  5. somesome says: Nov 28, 2010 9:25 PM

    Finally, the next game is for the North crown … can’t wait for Dec 5th.

    Go Ravens!!!

  6. ppdoc13 says: Nov 28, 2010 9:31 PM

    Given that we lost our starting LT, FB, and SS, I will not complain about “only” beating TB by 7. The zebras stole a td on a phantom call on rice’s TD and in the same series watched Heap get mugged a few plays later and called nothing. TB is a nice young team but not quite ready for prime time and neither frankly is Raheem Morris.

    My big concern is the health of Oher and McClain. Facing the squealers with Cousins will be a disaster and McClain is a probowl FB. Hopefully the injuries are not too serious so we will be in line for
    Another great game in the best rivalry in football.

  7. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Nov 28, 2010 9:33 PM

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    steelers6pack says: Nov 28, 2010 9:13 PM

    1ST week of playoffs could look like this:
    Pitt at S.D
    N.E. at Indy
    NFC could look like this
    Green Bay at St.Louis
    Saints at Giants
    ~~~~~

    2nd week is the best:

    Pittburgh at Baltimore

    Looking forward to a great “slobber-knocker” game!

  8. mrone50 says: Nov 28, 2010 10:04 PM

    The excitement is building. Like the gentlemen has said the Ravens have yet to play their best football. Next Sunday will be a great time for the Ravens to unleash their potential against the Steelers. One thing I won’t be worrying about is the Ravens gettting up for this game. The nastiest rivalry in football is set to take center stage on Dec. 5 Time for Crotchlisbugular to take a well deserved beatdaown. LET THE TRASH TALK BEGIN

  9. danwhitmer says: Nov 28, 2010 11:23 PM

    bucforever says:
    Nov 28, 2010 8:42 PM
    The Bucs were out coached and out played in this one. Too many rookie mistakes [9 penalties] and failure to take advantage of the Ravens having one of the league’s worst pass defenses probably cost us the game. The offense should have begun the hurry up much sooner than it did. Again this game was much closer than it seemed. A hot Atlanta team will be a real test of the guts and talent of these young men next Sunday in Tampa. GO BUCS!

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    Not sure what you are talking about when you say ” one of the leagues worst defenses” coming into the game they were 10th in pass defense ( and total defense as well ) they will most likely move up to abut 8th in total defense this week based on the performance against the bucks! Next time you try and call a team out make sure you know what you are talking about ;)

  10. derek2957 says: Nov 29, 2010 12:04 AM

    As a hardcore Ravens fan I looked at this game and am fairly pleased. The Ravens put up a good strong effort against a good team. Not a great team, but a team pretty similar to where the Ravens were about two years ago except a little better on offense and not as good on defense. That was also a team that everyone said was too young to compete, and in the regular season and playoffs they did lose to the Elite teams that year. With the exception of what every Ravens fan recognizes as a stroke of luck getting a lucky call in the game against Tennesse that year, the Ravens lose that game. Tampa Bay put up a good fight today against a team that is among the Elite in the NFL. As dissapointed as Ravens fans have the right to be watching this team week in and out and seeing the failure of the offense to put together a complete game, and the dramatic decline of the defense as a whole, they rank among the top 5 teams in the league. I feel that although there were no sacks for the Ravens in this game, that was due more to the athleticism of Freeman than it was the failure of the pass rush. That fact doesn’t bode well for the Ravens against the Steelers next week. An argument could be made that the throws dropped by the Tampa Wide Receivers were thrown early or off target due to pressure at least 3 of times. On the topic of the holding call on the Rice touchdown, it’s pretty obvious the ref just called the wrong number and meant to flag Mason for the penalty. It happens all the time and Mason was clearly holding and the flag was thrown in his general area. I like a good conspiracy as much as anyone but that was pretty clear holding by Mason.

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