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Vince Wilfork: Defense hung offense “out to dry”

Ravens' Flacco looks to pass as his blockers work against Patriots' Ninkovich during their NFL football game in Baltimore, Maryland Reuters

Officiating was a big part of the story in the Ravens’ 31-30 win over the Patriots on Sunday night, but it wasn’t the entire story.

The Patriots defense couldn’t stop the Ravens on two late drives that resulted in 10 points and a second straight loss for New England. Over the course of the game, they allowed Baltimore to roll up 503 net yards and that left defensive tackle Vince Wilfork with a bad taste in his mouth. Wilfork said that the offense “played their tails off” against the Ravens, but wound up being hung “out to dry” by the defensive effort.

“Can’t too much dwell on flags and stuff; we have to play better, plain and simple,” said Wilfork, via Mary Paoletti of CSNNewEngland.com. “We have to play better. We have to help our offense and we didn’t do that. Going forward I think we have to play together as a team. But the offense played their tails off. They’ve gotten better so we have to have to come out next week and help them get a win.”

The Ravens picked up five first downs thanks to penalties on Sunday night, which seems like a lot until you see that they also had 23 by simply converting against the New England defense. Whenever the defense needed to make a play and get off the field, they failed and that’s a big reason why the Patriots wound up on the wrong side of the scoreboard at the final whistle.

In the first two weeks of the season, the Patriots looked like they had ironed out a lot of their defensive issues from last season. Week Three was an unwelcome step back in time for the Pats.

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28 Responses to “Vince Wilfork: Defense hung offense “out to dry””
  1. CKL says: Sep 24, 2012 9:52 AM

    He’s right, the defense took a step back after looking promising the first two games. This is the youngest defense BB has ever had probably, and it’s going to take time for it to come together. I mean Vince himself is the “elder statesman” and he was drafted in 04.

  2. joetoronto says: Sep 24, 2012 9:55 AM

    Seriously, when you give up over 500 yards, look at your defense, not the officials.

  3. ravenator says: Sep 24, 2012 9:57 AM

    Ravens won, pats lost. Soak it up New England

  4. patriotenvy says: Sep 24, 2012 9:58 AM

    It seems to me that they didn’t go after the QB in the end of the game. You can’t let the QB be a hero at the end. Is this play calling?

  5. jtchernak says: Sep 24, 2012 10:02 AM

    2 td drives extended by penaltys cmon refs and they were awful calls

  6. tmac4454 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:16 AM

    The Commish wants his money from Belichump for touching the Referee. Go Ravens…

  7. thraiderskin says: Sep 24, 2012 10:17 AM

    Vince is a great player and he is definitely right. You can give up the yards, but you absolutely can not leave the endzone defenseless.

  8. Patskrieg dot com says: Sep 24, 2012 10:26 AM

    In that last Ravens drive the Pats rushed no more than 4 on every single down and tried to cover receivers with their heavier slower linebackers instead of extra defensive backs. I kept waiting for a blitz to show itself, and put Flacco off balance and it never came.

    I swear Dean Pees was calling these plays in from the Ravens sideline. This is the same over conservative playcalling that drags the Patriots down year after year.

  9. holysmole says: Sep 24, 2012 10:27 AM

    Two of those Ravens drives were definitely sustained by penalties, no doubts there.

    That said, the Patriots had several opportunities to seal the game with Flacco’s floaters. McCourty dropped two picks and Arrington tripped. If Arrington had snagged that ball, game over.
    There was the crap call on Ngata when he fell on Brady. That was bad. Also, when Brady is trying to go No-Huddle, the whole offense was just sitting there, waiting for the ref to put the ball down.

    Bah, it’s tough to watch these games anymore. The ebb and flow of the game just isn’t there, and it’s affecting games. The refs are in over their heads.

  10. rc33 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:38 AM

    Horrific, game-altering calls determined this game. This may be the worst officiated sporting event I’ve ever seen. Baltimore had some lousy calls against them as well but the ones against N.E. determined the outcome.

  11. jaysaucer says: Sep 24, 2012 10:54 AM

    In my view, the Ravens got the worst end of the officiating and despite that they pulled out a victory. I think its crazy for Pats fans to think they actually had worst calls against them than the Ravens bad calls.

  12. mpetey123 says: Sep 24, 2012 11:08 AM

    As a Ravens fan, I thought the Pats defense was good. I think Wilfork was kept in check and he has been a Raven killer in the past. I am impressed with his grace and ability to take the blame himself for the loss. I think the Pat’s D is much improved and will be a factor for awhile.

    As far as officating, Pat’s DB’s were wearing recievers numbers all night grabbing and hitting early. How about none calls on offensive interfernce and push offs all night but no flag. The field goal was good by the rules suck it up New England you are 1-2 with a weak schedule you will bounce back.

    Sometimes you New England fans come across as such entitled whiners it’s incredible.

  13. jason9696 says: Sep 24, 2012 11:16 AM

    It’s comical hearing all the Patriots fans whining about the officiating. It was just as bad for the Ravens. Get over it. You lost.

  14. sophiethegreatdane says: Sep 24, 2012 11:18 AM

    rc33 says: Sep 24, 2012 10:38 AM

    Horrific, game-altering calls determined this game.

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    Um, no. Letting Joe and co. roll up 500+ yards of total offense was far more damaging than the few questionable calls that — let’s be honest here — were negated by the same types of bad calls against the Ravens.

    Baltimore’s offensive line was one of the more questionable units going into the season, with players out of position, aging/underperforming vets, and inexperienced players. And even with those issues, how many times was Flacco sacked? None. He was barely touched.

  15. hartleechung says: Sep 24, 2012 11:18 AM

    The officiating was so bad that even Ray Lewis’s “lost” murder suit was in disbelief!

  16. lgw91s says: Sep 24, 2012 11:30 AM

    The officiating added a new element to tension to the game. On every flag, nobody knew whether it was going to be on the offense or defense. And I mean nobody. Not the players, not the coaches, not the announcers, and sadly, most of the game officials.

  17. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 24, 2012 11:31 AM

    The officiating effected the outcome of the game. We don’t know who would have won. That sucks.

    The league should have hired full time refs long ago and wouldnt be in this position now.

  18. sschmiggles says: Sep 24, 2012 11:51 AM

    The Pats D had the Ravens on lockdown in the first quarter. They were dominant. I think they started playing soft after all the PI and holding calls. Also think the Ravens D had the same problem.

    I was at the game. I’m a Pats fan, and all I can tell you is that one thing me and all the Ravens around me could agree on: that was the worst officiated game we’ve ever seen. There were horrible, game-changing calls against both sides.

    I still give credit to the Ravens for outplaying us. They earned the W. Hopefully the officiating will be better if we play them again in the postseason. Then again, it could not get any worse.

  19. theandy59 says: Sep 24, 2012 12:14 PM

    Vince is right, there were plays to be made for the defense that they just didn’t make. I think the game plan was to minimize Rice, which makes rushing the passer a secondary objective.

    The shame is that the poor officiating took away from a slugfest between two legitimate heavyweights in the AFC. Both teams played well and with passion, seemingly like playoff football. It’s impossible to say how the game would have turned out with better officiating, there were enough brutal calls on both sides for fans of each team to make a case that they got screwed. I believe these two teams will likely meet again this season with a lot more at stake – hopefully the regular officials will be back by then.

  20. Deb says: Sep 24, 2012 12:15 PM

    As a Steelers fan, obviously I was rooting for the Pats. And just as obviously, we all know bad officiating played a huge part in this game. But I don’t think you can say officiating decided the game because the bad calls went both ways. I’ve never seen anything like it in all my years as an NFL fan. Thousands of people, in unison, chanting “Bullsh**” for several minutes on live TV! Goodell can flag Harbaugh and he can fine Belichick. But he cannot silence fans who are at the breaking point with this nonsense.

    As for the outcome of the game, I agree that the Pats defense just petered out as the game went on. The offense did an admirable job of standing up to the Ravens onslaught. But the defense fell apart. On the other side, Flacco kept his cool and did his job. Great respect and deepest condolences to Torrey Smith. Amazing performance.

  21. surfinbird1 says: Sep 24, 2012 12:40 PM

    Still no pass rush Bill. Better get Andre Carter back.

  22. NakedCowboy! says: Sep 24, 2012 1:06 PM

    horrible officiating… not just this game… so many scuffles thruout this weekend games… players are thinking they can get away with anything… the games have become so long with so many delays… and the blown calls…

  23. bullybirds says: Sep 24, 2012 2:00 PM

    The win or loss (depending on your perspective) had more to do with the fact that the Pats probably faced one of the now better offenses in the league and not that the defense lost it.

    Ask the Ravens, a very good defense can be exposed by a very good offense.

    Last two weeks prior to this game, Titans and Cardinals, they aren’t exactly juggernauts on offense.

  24. dwayston says: Sep 24, 2012 2:12 PM

    The patriots have a good defense, they just got exposed by a great QB. GO RAVENS!

  25. guitarkevin says: Sep 24, 2012 3:22 PM

    Keep crying New England fans. Your true colors have now been revelaed.

  26. mattforbid says: Sep 24, 2012 4:02 PM

    McCorty penalty on jones was the right call. However i didn’t agree with the reed penalty.

  27. randallflagg52 says: Sep 24, 2012 5:01 PM

    Deb says:
    Sep 24, 2012 12:15 PM
    As a Steelers fan, obviously I was rooting for the Pats. And just as obviously, we all know bad officiating played a huge part in this game. But I don’t think you can say officiating decided the game because the bad calls went both ways. I’ve never seen anything like it in all my years as an NFL fan. Thousands of people, in unison, chanting “Bullsh**” for several minutes on live TV! Goodell can flag Harbaugh and he can fine Belichick. But he cannot silence fans who are at the breaking point with this nonsense.

    As for the outcome of the game, I agree that the Pats defense just petered out as the game went on. The offense did an admirable job of standing up to the Ravens onslaught. But the defense fell apart. On the other side, Flacco kept his cool and did his job. Great respect and deepest condolences to Torrey Smith. Amazing performance.

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    Who let deb out of the kitchen?

  28. jack30043 says: Sep 25, 2012 2:41 PM

    I’ll watch my football on Saturdays this fall since on Sundays it’s a joke.

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