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Ravens ride roller coaster to 26-23 victory

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There were plenty of moments where things looked dark for the Ravens on Sunday, but the final score trumps those moments.

A 57-yard field goal attempt by Caleb Sturgis at the end of the fourth quarter wasn’t even close and the Ravens will leave Miami with a 3-2 record after a 26-23 victory over the Dolphins. The missed kick ended a seesaw Sunday between the two teams that saw the Dolphins up seven at the half and the Ravens up 10 early in the fourth quarter before giving back the lead.

The big play there would certainly have been the headline if the Dolphins went on to win. Safety Reshad Jones returned an interception for a touchdown after Joe Flacco was hit by Dion Jordan while delivering a pass, tying the score and adding to another frustrating day for Flacco.  He had high points, especially on throws to Torrey Smith, but also missed an open Tandon Doss for a touchdown in the first half. The pass protection was lacking all afternoon, which certainly impacted Flacco’s performance.

The substandard protection emphasized why the Ravens traded for Eugene Monroe, who was inactive Sunday and missed when Bryant McKinnie whiffed on Jordan, and committed to the run. It wasn’t always a smashing success, but Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce combined for 120 yards on 38 carries. Rice also scored twice in a strong rebound from last weekend. The same is true of the Ravens, who fought their way to a road win on a day when they weren’t clicking on all cylinders.

Pass protection was a major issue for the Dolphins as well. The Ravens sacked Ryan Tannehill six times with Terrell Suggs coming up with three of them and Elvis Dumervil dropping the Dolphin quarterback just before Sturgis’ miss. Tannehill wound up 21-of-40 for 307 yards and would have had better numbers if not for a series of drops by his receivers. There were some big plays to Mike Wallace, but Wallace was also responsible for a couple of the most painful drops. The running game wasn’t a factor outside of contributing to a second straight Miami loss.

One imagines that will be one of several places the Dolphins try to improve during their bye week.

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103 Responses to “Ravens ride roller coaster to 26-23 victory”
  1. patsbrat says: Oct 6, 2013 4:33 PM

    Thanks Ravens!

  2. wearethesteelers says: Oct 6, 2013 4:35 PM

    Pyrrhic victory

  3. jakec4 says: Oct 6, 2013 4:35 PM

    The transition of Monroe in, McKinnie out can’t come soon enough. Suggs and Torrey Smith were the difference makers, and it was good to see the Ravens run it a little better. It was also good to see the havoc that Suggs/Dumervil can create.

    I understand that there are a lot of things to do in Miami on a Sunday afternoon, but that crowd made it seem like you were watching the Jaguars. It was 25% empty, 25% Ravens fans, and those are safe estimates. At 13-13 in the third quarter Flacco was able to easily communicate vocally with his receivers while in shotgun. The Dolphins have no kind of home field advantage which is a shame. They have a talented team on the rise, a QB, and spent a boatload in free agency although they might have overpaid for Wallace.

  4. thepftpoet says: Oct 6, 2013 4:35 PM

    Great win by the Ravens

    Now for the current status on the Steeler’s game, they are currently losing 3-0 to the bye week

  5. ghjjf says: Oct 6, 2013 4:36 PM

    Mike wallace, the 60 million dollar decoy.

  6. thelastpieceofcheese says: Oct 6, 2013 4:37 PM

    Once again dolphins show they are two players away from a championship caliber team…King Kong and Godzilla!

  7. wearethesteelers says: Oct 6, 2013 4:40 PM

    Good luck reaching 5 wins

    #worstolineinfootball
    #worstreceivingcorpsinfootball
    #allthekingshorsesallthekingsmencouldntputflaccotogetheragain

  8. scmems07 says: Oct 6, 2013 4:41 PM

    Tannehill would be considered one of the best with luck if he had half decent protection, what he does while playing behind that atrocious line is nothing short of a miracle. Guys fought hard despite having most of their starting d hurt and out of the game. Going into the bye week at 3-2 and getting the hardest part of their schedule out of the way, should be a positive second half. Offer the house for Joe Thomas!

  9. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 6, 2013 4:41 PM

    Embarrassment to Maryland. #thankgodirootfortheredskins

  10. buzzbeaubank says: Oct 6, 2013 4:42 PM

    This time last year, the Ravens won 9-6 in KC and were gashed for 180 yards on the ground. They were 2 weeks away from getting boat raced in Houston. McKinnie gave up today, and we’ll hopefully have Monroe and a healthy Osemele back next week. January, not October, is the time to have everything come together. Until then, win ugly if possible.

  11. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 6, 2013 4:42 PM

    0 td – 1 int = “ELITE”

  12. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 6, 2013 4:44 PM

    Trifecta!!! Buffalo, Patriots & Miami all loose!

  13. phinfan says: Oct 6, 2013 4:45 PM

    6 sacks? Wow our oline is awesome!

  14. jasonjoelbrown says: Oct 6, 2013 4:45 PM

    The Ravens’ offense needs help (see offensive line and receiving corps), but that defense looked strong yet again.

  15. phinfan says: Oct 6, 2013 4:46 PM

    Our receivers need stickem on their hands!!!

  16. wearethesteelers says: Oct 6, 2013 4:49 PM

    phinfan says:
    Oct 6, 2013 4:45 PM
    6 sacks? Wow our oline is awesome!
    phinfan says:
    Oct 6, 2013 4:46 PM
    Our receivers need stickem on their hands!!!
    ______________________

    LOL :’(

    6 rings

  17. idothis2 says: Oct 6, 2013 4:51 PM

    Seems like Wallace drops just as many passes as he catches

  18. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 6, 2013 4:51 PM

    Just wondering how many Dolphins fans are still gloating and all giddy over getting Wallace. How you like him now?

  19. ravenunitas says: Oct 6, 2013 4:59 PM

    Good luck reaching 5 wins

    #worstolineinfootball
    #worstreceivingcorpsinfootball
    #allthekingshorsesallthekingsmencouldntputflaccotogetheragain
    =====================================wearethesteelers….were you talking to yourself with these comments ?????
    That team in Pittsburgh is a reflection of those comments.

  20. dcapettini says: Oct 6, 2013 5:03 PM

    wearethesteelers: 3 posts on a Ravens article? All of them moronic, of course. I see that you have taken to trashing other teams too. That’s good.
    By the way, what happened with your predictions this week? Let’s see, Browns destroyed. That didn’t work out. Ravens routed. That did not work out. Bengals embarrassed by the Patriots. That did not happen either. I guess you and the Steelers have similar records. O fer!

  21. vaphinfan says: Oct 6, 2013 5:03 PM

    bad call that gave ravens a td. when are refs going to start getting penalitized for bad calls with money?

  22. wwwmattcom says: Oct 6, 2013 5:08 PM

    The Steelers are the second best team in England….

  23. waynefontes says: Oct 6, 2013 5:10 PM

    wearethesteelers says:
    Oct 6, 2013 4:49 PM
    ______________________

    LOL :’(

    6 rings

    —————————————————-

    6 rings! 6 rings! 6 rings!

    I don’t blame you for living in the past. The present and the future look very bleak for the Steelers.

  24. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 6, 2013 5:12 PM

    Two really overrated teams.

  25. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 6, 2013 5:12 PM

    Wallace had 105 yards.

    Miami’s problem is their RUSH Offense is TERRIBLE.

  26. fishfan39 says: Oct 6, 2013 5:14 PM

    It was a hard game to lose but there is no shame in losing to Baltimore. Tannehill is showing a lot of promise but help is needed on the oline. An improved oline would also help the running game which isn’t very good to say the least. The Fins are improving and maybe they can regroup during the bye week.

  27. ravenzombie says: Oct 6, 2013 5:15 PM

    I am a Ravens fan. After the TD drive where there was 2 PI calls.. This took place via text

    My Steelers friend: Man the refs are helping you win

    Me: Not even the refs could help the steelers win.

    I also heard after the game that it was an ugly win to which my reply to him was “You speak of what you don’t know, for you have no wins”

  28. ravc82 says: Oct 6, 2013 5:17 PM

    Jacoby, Marlon Brown, Cody, Spears all inactive, Osemele taken out after the first quarter, new acquisition Monroe didn’t even play and we still won, on the road, in 100 degree heat.. Offense started clicking the second half too and will only get better. How you can be a Steelers fan or whoever the clownshoes Dr. RustBelt is and come on here and talk smack- boggles my mind….

    Oh and FYI- Pitta started catching balls on the sideline this week. Keep on trollin dummies.

  29. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 6, 2013 5:32 PM

    From the article above: “The big play there would certainly have been the headline if the Dolphins went on to win. Safety Reshad Jones returned an interception for a touchdown after Joe Flacco was hit by Dion Jordan while delivering a pass, tying the score and adding to another frustrating day for Flacco.”

    See this is EXACTLY what I’m talking about, and Ravens fans act like I’m crazy. Classic Flacco — again getting bailed out, so instead of talking about HIS failings we talk about something else instead. Kind of like:

    –4th and 29 in San Diego, we SHOULD be talking about the wussy one yard dump-off that ended the game. Instead we talk about Rice making some ridiculous scamper and conversion, an exciting squeak-out win, and nobody talks about Flacco’s joke of a throw.

    –Flacco in Pittsburgh Sunday Night last year. We SHOULD be talking about how Flacco fizzles against a crippled Leftwich, but instead Jones runs back a kick, so we talk about a great nail-biting win for the Ravens.

    –The lucky heave in Denver. We SHOULD be talking about how it was picked, except the Denver DB slips. We SHOULD be talking about how underthrown it was, but instead Jones comes back for a mile for it and walks into the end zone untouched.

    And of course the king of all attention-diverters:

    –We SHOULD be talking about how Flacco totally disappeared in the Super Bowl the second half, and how Flacco blew a huge lead, except Jones again runs back a kick and gives Baltimore just enough points to hold on. Instead we’re talking about a ring and (snicker) Flacco actually getting voted MVP.

    Joe, how DO you do it?

  30. tedmurph says: Oct 6, 2013 5:34 PM

    jetsjetsjetsnow says:
    Oct 6, 2013 4:44 PM
    Trifecta!!! Buffalo, Patriots & Miami all loose!
    —————————————————

    Guess who’s gonna round out the superfecta tomorrow night. It’s lose, not loose.

    As far as the Dolphins go, just another September fraud being exposed. The Ravens aren’t even that good.

  31. finz4eva says: Oct 6, 2013 5:42 PM

    Phinz lost to the refs 55 yards in pass interference calls on one drive what a crock of feces. Ravens blow!

  32. ravensrooster94 says: Oct 6, 2013 5:43 PM

    Lots of good comments on this post, especially the observation of the empty seats in the stadium today.

    That game was sold out? Then where was everybody? At Miami Heats practice? Ravens fans all over the place and plenty of empty orange seats! The Dolphins deserve better support than that!

  33. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 6, 2013 5:45 PM

    And let’s not forget the Texans game.

    –We SHOULD be talking about Flacco putting up a measly 50 yards in the first half. Instead, the Ravens run back not only a pick, but a punt! And since they are now somehow UP 17-9 at the half, we aren’t talking about Flacco fizzling like a wet firecracker. Amazing.

    Today we SHOULD be talking about Flacco’s pick six that blew a game that was put away. But we all know how it works when it comes to Rabbit’s Foot Joe, the Four-Leaf Clover QB. A terrible decision by the opponent, and suddenly nobody’s talking about some pick six…

  34. ravenmomma says: Oct 6, 2013 5:46 PM

    Nail biter game for sure…glad the Ravens were on the winning side of it but props to the Fins for a great game. I will be so glad to see Monroe take over for McKinnie to give Flacco better protection. McKinnie has been absolutely awful. I hope he has played his last game for us.

  35. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Oct 6, 2013 5:49 PM

    Who cares!! THE COLTS R THE BEAST THE COLTS R THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. jimiinpa says: Oct 6, 2013 5:53 PM

    wearethesteelers says:Oct 6, 2013 4:40 PM

    Good luck reaching 5 wins ——-When you getting your first?

  37. gochargersgo says: Oct 6, 2013 5:57 PM

    Can’t decide who’s doing less to earn their money: Jumpball Joe or Stonehands Wallace.

  38. ravensrooster94 says: Oct 6, 2013 6:00 PM

    Today we SHOULD be talking about Flacco’s pick six that blew a game that was put away. But we all know how it works when it comes to Rabbit’s Foot Joe, the Four-Leaf Clover QB. A terrible decision by the opponent, and suddenly nobody’s talking about some pick six…

    ______________

    What game were you watching? It was tipped by a lineman because lard-ass McKinnie blew his blocking assignment – AGAIN! Things get better next week when Eugene Moore starts and McKinnie is relegated to the bench.

  39. jakec4 says: Oct 6, 2013 6:05 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 6, 2013 5:45 PM

    And let’s not forget the Texans game.

    –We SHOULD be talking about Flacco putting up a measly 50 yards in the first half. Instead, the Ravens run back not only a pick, but a punt! And since they are now somehow UP 17-9 at the half, we aren’t talking about Flacco fizzling like a wet firecracker. Amazing.

    Today we SHOULD be talking about Flacco’s pick six that blew a game that was put away. But we all know how it works when it comes to Rabbit’s Foot Joe, the Four-Leaf Clover QB. A terrible decision by the opponent, and suddenly nobody’s talking about some pick six…

    ———————————————————-

    At least watch the games if you are going to write long winded diatribes. It was a stupid play call to have Flacco chucking bombs out of his endzone while clinging to a small lead, but the pick was McKinnie’s fault. It was plain as day if you’d educate yourself before writing. Flacco just knows how to win. Nobody is that lucky.

  40. buzzbeaubank says: Oct 6, 2013 6:06 PM

    We SHOULD be talking about medication. Seriously, this isn’t healthy.

  41. mrsmell says: Oct 6, 2013 6:12 PM

    About time the Ravens realized the importance of Rice again. Miami is falling back to reality sooner than expected. Good thing they play in the AFC East.

  42. mlbbal52 says: Oct 6, 2013 6:12 PM

    Thank goodness for the Defense and J Tuck…Flacco couldn’t read a D if they were telling him what was coming!

  43. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 6, 2013 6:14 PM

    dcapettini | Oct 6, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT
    wearethesteelers: 3 posts on a Ravens article? All of them moronic, of course. I see that you have taken to trashing other teams too. That’s good.
    By the way, what happened with your predictions this week? Let’s see, Browns destroyed. That didn’t work out. Ravens routed. That did not work out. Bengals embarrassed by the Patriots. That did not happen either. I guess you and the Steelers have similar records. O fer!

    I thought you were one of the sharper raven fans. Can’t you figure out that wearethesteelers is actually your boy joeflaccomontana…pretty easy to to see that trolls work…

  44. holeinone09 says: Oct 6, 2013 6:14 PM

    Dear Ravens fans:

    From a Steeler fan, I wish we had your record right now. The final score is all that matters in this league. I won’t make any comments on the play of your players since you will hopefully have a more appropriate opinion as Ravens fans. I am aure you will make an honest assessment if possible.

    Second, by now I hope all of you realize that joemontanaflacco and wearethesteelers is the same dude, merely inciting fans of both teams. The little child was previously busted when he slipped up with his multiple IDs by another PFT poster.

    I am looking forward to a hopefully good game in a few weeks between our squads at Heinz Field. Our OL sucks.

  45. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Oct 6, 2013 6:17 PM

    Congrats to the bengals’browns and ravens on wins this week.

  46. bjsdad says: Oct 6, 2013 6:25 PM

    @wearethesteelers

    Cheer up, at least your stealers didn’t lose today.

  47. jakec4 says: Oct 6, 2013 6:34 PM

    bjsdad says: Oct 6, 2013 6:25 PM

    @wearethesteelers

    Cheer up, at least your stealers didn’t lose today.
    ——————————————–

    Sure they did. They lost ground not even playing while everyone else in the North was winning and being above .500

  48. lennylyles says: Oct 6, 2013 6:50 PM

    Name an NFL team with a worse group of receivers than the Ravens started the game with today? Vinnie Cerratto on a local Baltimore station just said Joe played a really good game. The interception was on McKinnie. Joe just wins. lf you watched the game you saw he had a really good second half. Some of you guys are caught up on fantasy numbers. I will take a guy that is a proven winner. Five years in the NFL: three conference championship games, a playoff win every season, one Super Bowl MVP with a below average to poor defense, one dropped pass away from two Super Bowl appearances.
    Just win baby! That is what Joe does!!!!!

  49. ravensterps says: Oct 6, 2013 7:03 PM

    Keep your head up ampatsisahypocrite. One day Ozzie or Harbaugh will read your posts on here and realize that they’re wrong and you’re right.

    Until then, Flacco will just keep winning, if you don’t mind.

  50. 69finfan says: Oct 6, 2013 7:17 PM

    Been watching professional football and the Fins for a long,long time and I don’t think I have ever witnessed a worse group of O-Linemen than what the Fins are putting on the field this year. It is absolutely amazing that RT has played as well as he has and is not in a full body cast yet. If he makes it the whole year it will be a miracle. Maybe during the bye week we can trade Mike Wallace to somebody that is in desperate need for a diva WR in exchange for a whole new O-Line.

  51. jmblosser82 says: Oct 6, 2013 7:32 PM

    Lennylyles, your also a routine safety play away from 0 SB appearances under Flacco. Proven winner with 5 straight playoffs? Wrong again the team was lead to 4 straight appearances by that defense and Flacco almost let the 5th straight slip away. But I forget when the Ravens wins it’s all due to Flacco and when they lose it’s all due to everyone else. Joe is averaging $20 million a year, the way he’s played he’s not worth even half that.

  52. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 6, 2013 7:33 PM

    Steelers gave up the only player that mattered and even he couldn’t beat the mighty Ravens. These birds are going to be pick the Steelers clean! Can’t wait!!! Hahahahaha! 0-4!!! 3 games behind everyone!!! Basement dwellers !!! Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

  53. poesports says: Oct 6, 2013 8:29 PM

    jmblosser82 says: Oct 6, 2013 7:32 PM

    Lennylyles, your also a routine safety play away from 0 SB appearances under Flacco. Proven winner with 5 straight playoffs? Wrong again the team was lead to 4 straight appearances by that defense and Flacco almost let the 5th straight slip away. But I forget when the Ravens wins it’s all due to Flacco and when they lose it’s all due to everyone else. Joe is averaging $20 million a year, the way he’s played he’s not worth even half that.

    Yeah genius. It was all the defense. This just proves you are intellectually dishonest. You wish to give Flacco zero credit? That’s laughable. Especially when Flacco tied an NFL record with 11td to 0 int. You failed to mention that. Go away and troll somewhere else.

  54. ravensnation21 says: Oct 6, 2013 8:29 PM

    I love when people bash flacco for that Denver game last year. Do you guys forget that Holliday ran two kicks back for touchdowns. But yeah you’re right flacco should’ve been playing special teams and tackled him. He should have never been in the position he was in to have to make rahim Moore look stupid.

  55. bigbenownsthenfl says: Oct 6, 2013 8:32 PM

    hows the baltimore orioles doing? hahahaha…thats right chumps…lets go bucs!!!!

  56. jrcoop says: Oct 6, 2013 8:32 PM

    tedmurph says:

    “As far as the Dolphins go, just another September fraud being exposed. The Ravens aren’t even that good.”
    ———————————————————–
    One can easily say the same about the patriots today as well, and be perfectly correct.

  57. jrcoop says: Oct 6, 2013 8:36 PM

    ColtsWinColtsWin!! says:

    Who cares!! THE COLTS R THE BEAST THE COLTS R THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ———————————————————-
    EXCEPT FOR THAT GAME AGAINST THE DOLPHINS….. AT HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. ravenunitas says: Oct 6, 2013 8:48 PM

    bigbenownsthenfl says:
    Oct 6, 2013 8:32 PM
    hows the baltimore orioles doing? hahahaha…thats right chumps…lets go bucs!!!!
    ====================================
    You know I was pulling for the Pirates after 20 straight losing seasons.
    But now I think I just became a big Cardinals fan after reading all these inbreds on here…GO CARDS

  59. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Oct 6, 2013 8:52 PM

    Meadowlands Bound… Here come the Ravens for the Super Bowl

  60. southpaw2k says: Oct 6, 2013 9:00 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Oct 6, 2013 5:32 PM
    From the article above: “The big play there would certainly have been the headline if the Dolphins went on to win. Safety Reshad Jones returned an interception for a touchdown after Joe Flacco was hit by Dion Jordan while delivering a pass, tying the score and adding to another frustrating day for Flacco.”

    See this is EXACTLY what I’m talking about, and Ravens fans act like I’m crazy. Classic Flacco — again getting bailed out, so instead of talking about HIS failings we talk about something else instead……

    And of course the king of all attention-diverters:

    –We SHOULD be talking about how Flacco totally disappeared in the Super Bowl the second half, and how Flacco blew a huge lead, except Jones again runs back a kick and gives Baltimore just enough points to hold on. Instead we’re talking about a ring and (snicker) Flacco actually getting voted MVP.

    Joe, how DO you do it?

    ———————————————–

    Exactly who or what gives you the power to decide on what we “should” be talking about now?

    Using such spotless logic, I guess then we “should” be talking about the Patriots going 19-0 since David Tyree should never have been able to make that catch (or Eli dodging being sacked about 5 times on that same play, for that matter).

    We “should” be talking about the Raiders beating the Patriots in the 2001 AFC divisional round, since the tuck rule should have ended that game.

    We “should” be talking about the Packers never reaching the playoffs in 2010, since they had to go on a miracle run of wins to end the season, and win 3 road games in the playoffs that year.

  61. steelcurtainn says: Oct 6, 2013 9:10 PM

    The Ravens will be 3-4 in 2 weeks.

  62. jmblosser82 says: Oct 6, 2013 9:32 PM

    Lenny, I only brought up 1 play from the playoffs. Flacco has done nice throws but this year you see it was more that he had Boldin and Pitta not that Flacco is awesome. I bash Flacco because every game I watch(more then just the steeler games)he just looks horrible. But like I said raven fans blame everyone else for his short comings. They finish last year 1-4, it’s the play calling(thru the playoffs you could make that case, until his play this year). They make the playoffs 5 straight years with 1 SB win, 1-2 in the AFC title games, and at least 1 playoff win…it’s all cause of Flacco but in the first 4 playoff losses it’s not on Flacco(yes I know cundiff missed a chip shot and his receivers drops 2 straight TDs 2 years ago).
    Flacco has yet to play 1 full good game. He played a decent first half against the broncos then was horrible till “he and the ravens did just enough to beat the browns. He did squat against the texans and let the defense and special teams carry him. All I have to say is 5 INT against the bills and barely showed up against the Dolphins. Despite about 8 drops on the final few drives the dolphins just about pulled it out after Flacco gave them every opportunity to win.

  63. tedmurph says: Oct 6, 2013 9:38 PM

    Hey jrcoop, the Pats are 4-1, in 1rst place, beat Atl and Buff on the road, and have at least scored more pts than they have given up, unlike Miami.

  64. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 6, 2013 9:45 PM

    Great game ravens, squeaked out another. And Flacco, what can I say, the guy’s money, the real McCoy. Colt, that is.

  65. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 6, 2013 9:45 PM

    Well said, jmblosser. All the credit for Flacco when things go right, but it’s always someone else’s fault when things go wrong. Sorry Ravens fans, but your fantasy world — where I’m the only one noticing how Average Joe always gets his goof-ups swept under the rug — is just that, fantasy.

    And don’t forget the number one Flacco excuse: “it’s all Cam’s fault!”

  66. lennylyles says: Oct 6, 2013 9:46 PM

    JMBlosser 82 you obviously didn’t watch the Ravens in 2012-2013. The defense was ranked 16th in the league . That is the reason Ozzie let Boldin go to p that money into rebuilding the defense. The Ravens has a very poor front four, Ray was a step slow, and Ed Reed refused to hit. Jealousy breeds contemptment. Flacco’s winning record speaks for itself.

  67. edisbetterthantroy says: Oct 6, 2013 10:02 PM

    I can’t believe Steelers’ fans are still talking trash? You would kill to have 3 wins.

    Enough already, you’re embarrassing yourselves…

  68. jmblosser82 says: Oct 6, 2013 10:14 PM

    Crediting wins/losses to a QB as a star is pointless, yes I know its hard to win with a lousy QB, but hey Trent Dilfer got a SB ring. I watched a fair amount if the ravens last season, and seen slot of Boldin or Pitta bailing out poor throws by Flacco. Oh and Rice and Pierce actually produced. They started 9-2…then almost collapsed completely going 1-4, with slot of luck falling on their side if the fence . This year your line can’t block(I can relate as a steeler fan), RB’s can’t run(again I can relate), and WRs and TEs not name Smith can’t catch. After getting blown out in the third quarter of the bronco game the ravens looked like they were just trying to hurt people.
    Jealous of a second tier team, hardly. Your team is on a high and mine is on a low, but history shows my team will be back on a high soon. I hardly think the steelers have a chance this year but they do have 5 of 12 division games left so it’s not out of the question to get back into it. Looking at the remainder of the ravens schedule I see maybe 2 easy games, you know the bengals, browns, and steelers will bring it to them in division win or lose.

  69. lennylyles says: Oct 6, 2013 10:22 PM

    Dilfer won a Superbowl with one of the greatest defenses in NFL history. Flacco won a Superbowl with a below average defense.

  70. jmblosser82 says: Oct 6, 2013 10:24 PM

    Edisbetterthantroy, there is a difference between trash talking and pointing out facts. As a ravens fan I could see you taking most non raven fans calling Flacco horrible as trash talking, but I guess it’s more that he’s not elite or horrible just average. What makes him horrible is his play with his idea he is worth $120 million.

  71. ravc82 says: Oct 6, 2013 10:28 PM

    Wearethesteelers- since there were no injuries and we walked away unscathed, I really don’t think you know what phyrric victory means.

  72. southpaw2k says: Oct 6, 2013 10:36 PM

    jmblosser82 says:
    Oct 6, 2013 10:24 PM
    Edisbetterthantroy, there is a difference between trash talking and pointing out facts. As a ravens fan I could see you taking most non raven fans calling Flacco horrible as trash talking, but I guess it’s more that he’s not elite or horrible just average. What makes him horrible is his play with his idea he is worth $120 million.

    ————————————————–

    What you – and other Flacco detractors – consistently forget is that he wasn’t given his contract based solely on what he did between January and February of this year. Here’s some facts for you:

    Career postseason record to date: 9-4 (tied for 10th all-time)
    Made the playoffs in each of his first five seasons, and won at least one playoff game every year
    Career win/loss record through 2012 (regular season): 54-26

    Now I’m sure you’ll retort with some story about how most of those games were won with defense and in spite of Flacco’s play, but the NFL values wins and championships when evaluating the play of a quarterback. You may not like it, but that’s the reality of the situation. Hell, if you want to condemn Flacco for getting a big pay day, then condemn Roethlisberger for not being worth his contract, considering the Steelers have not even reached the playoffs the last two seasons (and make that three in a row in 2013).

  73. scoobies05 says: Oct 6, 2013 11:14 PM

    first of all, good game to the dolphins and their fans. wasnt pretty but a win is a win, especially on the road.
    now, last i checked the object of any sport is to win, and the ravens with flacco at qb have won more then anyone except for new england since flacco became starter. jm…the walking talking excuse maker for ben. could you be more of a hypocrite. ampats….dude you are totally clueless. all that matters is wins. the way you guys cherrypick to fit your inane arguements is insane. flacco is the qb on a team that wins. thats all that matters. does he have elite stats? no, except for the only stat that matters…wins. how come when ben has no line, injuries, etc and costs his team games with his turnovers its never his fault. get a clue

  74. jrcoop says: Oct 6, 2013 11:17 PM

    Hey tedmurph, the Dolphins beat the Falcons, the Colts at home, even the Browns have a winning record. The patriots have yet to beat a team with a winning record. That is a truly fraudulent 4-1, and today’s 6 point showing proves that’s the truth. The good news is, we’ll get to see how the pats do against the Saints, Ravens, and Dolphins soon enough.

  75. reedhof20 says: Oct 7, 2013 2:32 AM

    If I didn’t know better, I’d swear it sounds like Flacco is getting blamed for being on well constructed teams? Like we should apologize or for Ozzie putting together balanced rosters that can win with less than stellar QB play? My loyalty is to the Ravens and my city, not Flacco. I salute Ozzie and ownership for the roster top to bottom. Brady plays bad, do the Pats win? NO. See film from today. Manning plays bad, do the Colts/Broncos win? Usually not. If Flacco plays bad, do the Ravens win? If you read these posts, the answer is: quite often because apparently Flacco ALWAYS plays bad. And – here’s the rub – when he plays good – they win. I like the formula. Oh and 1 more thing – since winning apparently is not that important, go look at STATS fromJoe’s head 2 heads with Brady and Manning – esp. in the playoffs. You may be surprised.

  76. jmblosser82 says: Oct 7, 2013 8:15 AM

    Wins/losses are a team and coach stat. The QB has 52 other players on the team. Flacco’s “record” is attributed to team play not his own. I said nothing about the defense carrying the team last year, I just said Flacco nearly blew the playoffs with his very inconsistent play. Yea he had a nice 4 game playoff run but look at him now. Rice and Pierce are not producing because no one fears Flacco. The ravens were forced to send the best WR away and the best TE got hurt freakishly. His numbers are terrible this year and raven nation still believes he is worth $20 million a year.
    I brought up Dilfer because to my point, it’s hard to win with a lousy QB but it can be done. That same defensive play(and Rice)carried Flacco for 4 years. Behold Flacco has been inconsistent again.
    Ben missed the playoffs the last 2 years. Going by your logic he is 3 times the QB Flacco is since he made 3 SBs. You want to say all Flacco does is win, then he is still in the shadows if Ben. Can’t have it both ways. Ben had a $100 million contract, but don’t forget it was over 8 years, it will not hurt as much as overpaid Flacco’s will…even after restructuring.

  77. flavadave10 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:02 AM

    I’d call the Ravens O-Line trash, but that would be extremely offensive to trash to associate trash with the Ravens O-Line. Flacco took a ton of abuse yesterday. When he actually had time to throw, he did well. And the O-Line is messing up the run game too. Sadly, Monroe isn’t going to matter if the left guard, center, and right guard are still not playing well.

    Oh and @jmblosser82, Flacco’s doing well this year, all things considered. He has an outright offensive O-Line, two running backs who aren’t doing anything thanks to the O-Line, and his most reliable receiver (at the time) fractured his hip. Meanwhile, your team is 0-4. Remind me why you’re talking trash? Tell me, do the Steelers’ six rings change the fact that your team is a farce?

  78. psuorioles says: Oct 7, 2013 9:23 AM

    doctorrustbelt says:
    Oct 6, 2013 4:42 PM

    0 td – 1 int = “ELITE”

    ____________________________

    You know the great thing about Flacco and the Ravens… they don’t play fantasy football. Here’s a funny stat for you… the top 6 of 7 QBs this weekend for yardage all lost… so continue to post these silly stats about Flacco, while he continues to win games

  79. purplereign2 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:26 AM

    wearethesteelers says:
    Oct 6, 2013 4:35 PM
    Pyrrhic victory

    10 62

    ————————————-

    I agree. Still, it beats no victory at all I suppose. . .

  80. ledzep826 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:46 AM

    you all need to take note wearethesteelers realitycheckbaby and joemontantanaflacco are all the same person just trying to get a rise out of people on every site he goes on .

  81. ledzep826 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:50 AM

    all three are ravens fans ,multiple personality disorder

  82. jmblosser82 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:56 AM

    Flavadave, Ben gas a worse line, no ruining game for 3-4 years and still has better numbers then Joe other then the team stat wins. I harp on Flacco because he is paid top QB money and plays like an average QB at best.
    When Ben has time, he too looks like the greatest. Favor of the matter due to his line he more often then not has someone in his face instantly. Sure Ben has blown games, most recently the Vikings game at the end, but he has made more plays to win games then not. Ben doesn’t average $20 million and plays like a guy in the middle of the pack. Ben is not the reigning SB champ and MVP who is playing like trash. Steelers are 0-4, but Ben is not the main issue. The main issues, call them 1a and 1b, turnovers and o line. Of Bens 5 INTs at least 1 was on the receiver and 1 was during trash time. If his 5 fumbles 1-2 were blink side/perfect hit, the others were simply lack if ball security. He has a 63.6% completion rating 1231 passing yards. He is producing and we ‘ll see in the next 2-3 weeks what adjustments they made in the bye.
    If Flacco was on my team and given the same contract and produced this year like he has, I would still be saying the same stuff. 1 outstanding playoff run doesn’t change the inconsistent play of the rest if his career. We’ll see how the season ends up, if the ravens make the playoffs expect a 1 and done.

  83. lovefootball4life says: Oct 7, 2013 9:58 AM

    Nice game Fins.

    Its funny reading comments from disgruntled Steeler fans about Flacco. Flacco’s not perfect but he’s very good, got a cannon for an arm, and he doesn’t do stupid things off the field. I’ll take it.

  84. jmblosser82 says: Oct 7, 2013 10:12 AM

    Lovefootball, what crimes gas Ben been jailed for? Just bogus claims. The motorcycle accident? Bad luck living life. Off field issue are just that, off field. Ben served a suspension for the bogus claims and everything else is just life, Ben could just as easily cross the street and get hit by a car or even crash his own car while driving. Just because it was a motorcycle makes it an issue and I don’t believe he missed time because of it . In fact he had a solid year that year.

  85. scoobies05 says: Oct 7, 2013 11:32 AM

    jm you have your head so far up ben’s butt its hilarious

  86. lovefootball4life says: Oct 7, 2013 11:42 AM

    jmb, it was a general statement, not directed at Ben in particular. I’m glad Flacco is not saying or doing anything of the field that draws unnecessary attention. Don’t be so defensive. Especially since you’re a Steeler fan on an article from the Ravens/Dolphins game slamming on Flacco.

  87. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 7, 2013 12:04 PM

    “Flacco is not saying or doing anything off the field that draws unnecessary attention”
    ——————————————————
    His actions on the field are also very minimal.

  88. jmblosser82 says: Oct 7, 2013 12:09 PM

    Scoobs, if there was a better option then Ben out there(in house or out)I would drop him. Fact is his line is one if the worse if not the worse so no QB will have a better time. Put in Jones, your giving up on the season and most likely going to ruin him for the future. Freeman could’ve been looked at but as you seen it would’ve been too expensive for 3/4 of a season. Flacco has done less with more and most raven nation believe he’s the greatest ever. When Ben had a line, had a running game his team went to 3 SB.

  89. cfeeley52 says: Oct 7, 2013 12:27 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Oct 6, 2013 5:32 PM
    From the article above: “The big play there would certainly have been the headline if the Dolphins went on to win. Safety Reshad Jones returned an interception for a touchdown after Joe Flacco was hit by Dion Jordan while delivering a pass, tying the score and adding to another frustrating day for Flacco.”

    See this is EXACTLY what I’m talking about, and Ravens fans act like I’m crazy. Classic Flacco — again getting bailed out, so instead of talking about HIS failings we talk about something else instead. Kind of like:

    –4th and 29 in San Diego, we SHOULD be talking about the wussy one yard dump-off that ended the game. Instead we talk about Rice making some ridiculous scamper and conversion, an exciting squeak-out win, and nobody talks about Flacco’s joke of a throw.

    –Flacco in Pittsburgh Sunday Night last year. We SHOULD be talking about how Flacco fizzles against a crippled Leftwich, but instead Jones runs back a kick, so we talk about a great nail-biting win for the Ravens.

    –The lucky heave in Denver. We SHOULD be talking about how it was picked, except the Denver DB slips. We SHOULD be talking about how underthrown it was, but instead Jones comes back for a mile for it and walks into the end zone untouched.

    And of course the king of all attention-diverters:

    –We SHOULD be talking about how Flacco totally disappeared in the Super Bowl the second half, and how Flacco blew a huge lead, except Jones again runs back a kick and gives Baltimore just enough points to hold on. Instead we’re talking about a ring and (snicker) Flacco actually getting voted MVP.

    Joe, how DO you do it?
    ——————————–
    WOW, sour grapes anyone? You SHOULD be focusing on your 0-4 team clawing their way out of basement. Instead, you’ve given up on your own team so you choose to start a campaign trying to discredit Flacco, the reigning superbowl mvp. Let me say that one more time, JOE FLACCO SUPERBOWL MVP. Cry all you want, that title will never go away…

  90. colv says: Oct 7, 2013 12:49 PM

    What amassed me about this game is a good Miami team having their stadium taken over by Baltimore fans. What’s a bigger concern, why is there so many empty seats? Dolphins are a legit playoff team with seemly weak fan support.

  91. colv says: Oct 7, 2013 1:13 PM

    holeinone09; thank you for a adult comment on these post. You are truly a football fan not a troll that doesn’t understand the game and makes childish comments. I agree and a Steelers Ravens games are always close and some of the best football games played. Steelers record is irrelevant, and will figure it out again. Steelers Ravens organizations are top 5 in the NFL. I’m a Ravens fan and when this team was established in 96 they threw away the Browns organizational structure of mediocre success and built an organization based on the Steelers way. No shame in this. Any organization that don’t recognize success and doesn’t try to structure in the same light are doomed to fail. The Bengals are doing the same and its still early but the Browns maybe doing this too-not sure about HC and Lombardi. .

  92. cfeeley52 says: Oct 7, 2013 2:01 PM

    ampatsisahypocrite says:
    Oct 6, 2013 5:45 PM
    Today we SHOULD be talking about Flacco’s pick six that blew a game that was put away. But we all know how it works when it comes to Rabbit’s Foot Joe, the Four-Leaf Clover QB. A terrible decision by the opponent, and suddenly nobody’s talking about some pick six…
    ————————————
    Did you even watch the game? flacco threw a pick six after has arm was hit in his windup following a blown block by mckinnie. That one is on the blindside tackle, not the qb. Like i said before, worry about your own 0-4 team before obsessing over someone else’s qb…

  93. taosravenfan says: Oct 7, 2013 5:34 PM

    To a pats and blosser- for squealer fans you are spending a lot of time trashing the raven when the truth is we really don’t care what you think. Joe has one SB win and I’d be willing to bet that he gets another before Ben. Just stop already. You sound like squabbling children

  94. sbchampsagain says: Oct 7, 2013 6:53 PM

    Other scores from around the league:

    Pittsburgh (0-5) 3
    Bye Week (1-0) 28 (FINAL)

  95. scoobies05 says: Oct 7, 2013 9:03 PM

    and yet jm, when ben plays poorly, or plays well and botches it at the end you always use no running game no line no recievers and excuse. this year joe has had the same issues and the ravens are 3 and 2. steelers are 0 and 4. qbs get credit for wins and blame for losses. but dont come on here and say that joe is a bad qb when i know you arent watching the games because if you did you would see what everyone sees…a good qb who has had struggles due to some of the same issues your boy ben is having. only difference is, except for buffalo, he isnt giving games away at the end

  96. uscoach says: Oct 7, 2013 11:13 PM

    I was at the game. I live in Fla and traveled with my family to the game. We were kind of amazed upon arrival when we figured out that we were surrounded by…Ravens fans. It was louder in our favor than in the Fins favor at critical points during the game. There were two times when the Fins called TO on offense, apparently not able to communicate the play.

    Additionally, I thought it was weird that the PA system run by the Miami people seemed to help the Ravens in a few small ways; for instance Kanye’s “Ni….. In Paris” (Ball So Hard theme) was blasting during the Ravens first offensive possession.

  97. jmblosser82 says: Oct 8, 2013 11:05 AM

    Scoobs never said 1 word about the steelers receiving core. The only game Ben blew on his own this season was the Vikings game. Everyone had a hand in it the other 3. What I blame for the losses are turnovers and line play.
    I have watch most of the raven games this year. I missed the 5 INTperformance due to being on the road for 8 hours. He looked sharp in the first half if the bronco game, barely did enough against the brown, terrible against the texans, terrible against the bills, and looked average at best against the Dolphins. Maybe he is getting judged harsher then he should but when you average $20 million a year his play is unacceptable. It’s going to get worse for him in the upcoming weeks.

  98. lovefootball4life says: Oct 8, 2013 6:03 PM

    jmb I guess we are lucky you are not making decisions in the Ravens front office. Not sure why it is so important for you to try to convince Ravens fans Flacco is bad and Ben is good. Let me ask you is Ben worth the $14m or so he is getting this year?

  99. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 9, 2013 12:44 AM

    southpaw2k says:
    Oct 6, 2013 10:36 PM

    What you – and other Flacco detractors – consistently forget is that he wasn’t given his contract based solely on what he did between January and February of this year. Here’s some facts for you:
    ———————————————-

    Oh please! You’re seriously going to tell us he gets that contract if not for the playoff run last year?

    Here are some facts for YOU: Flacco’s numbers have been average his entire career, right down to his lukewarm 85 career passer rating. You don’t get big money deals based on that kind of mediocrity.

    Fact: Flacco demanded the big contract IF the Ravens won the Bowl, and Bisciotti agreed. Real quote: ‘You should give me four or five million more now because if I win the Super Bowl’ – and I did say ‘if’ — ‘then it’s gonna cost you $20 million.’” (Do I have to teach you Ravens fans the deal about your own team?)

    Fact: Flacco doesn’t get near money if things don’t turn out the way they did last season, including winning the Bowl and that whole (bogus) MVP thing. He was lucky enough to have had a fluke playoff run in his contract year. Like, “win the lotto AND the gold medal in the Olympics in one year” kind of lucky.

    Fact: In return, Bisciotti told Flacco “you’re the leader now” (in other words, no more just being another cog in the wheel and letting others carry you.) So far, Joe’s responded with a foul-smelling 70.1 rating this season.

  100. flavadave10 says: Oct 9, 2013 8:37 AM

    Hey @ampatsisahypocrite, you’re actually somewhat right for once! You should print out that post and put it on your refrigerator! It is true that Joe wouldn’t have gotten that contract had the Ravens not won the Super Bowl. But the fact of the matter is that they did. Flacco had all the leverage in the world. He more than earned his contract. And if you ever watch the Ravens, you’d know that his offensive line has been horrible. You’d also know that he lost Dennis Pitta, who at the time that he was injured, was his most reliable receiver and red zone target. You’d also know that he has had to deal with completely inept tight ends.

    Flacco’s not at fault for his struggles. I’d blame the offensive line and tight ends LONG before I’d blame Joe.

    Brady’s not living up to his contract either. Why aren’t you whining about him? Oh wait, I forgot that Tom Brady is a god and insulting him is punishable by death. And before you start making excuses for Brady, keep in mind that you stated that “if Flacco is a real leader, he’d do well no matter who he’s playing with”.

  101. lovefootball4life says: Oct 9, 2013 8:42 AM

    Blah blah blah. Flacco has a big contract. So what. Ravens are 3-2. There are 10 other guys on offense at the same time. The entire machine needs to function better.

  102. lovefootball4life says: Oct 9, 2013 8:53 AM

    Agree with you flavadave. armpits is a Steeler fan though, not a Pats fan. Sort of makes his posts that much more shallow doesn’t it.

    On Brady i can’t stand him but I actually think he has been doing a pretty good job with what he’s given to work with.

  103. ravensrooster94 says: Oct 9, 2013 10:16 AM

    ampatsisahypocrite has done the impossible. He’s made logicalvoicesays fun to read.

    Now I’m done with this thread and the rest of you who continue to reply to this screeching banshee, should quit, too.

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