Ravens strengthen playoff chances with blowout win over Lions

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It’s been an up-and-down year for the Ravens, but they appear headed for the playoffs after a decidedly “up” game today.

Baltimore destroyed Detroit 44-20, improving to 7-5 in a weak AFC where any team with a winning record will probably make the postseason.

Ravens running back Alex Collins scored two touchdowns and Joe Flacco picked apart the Lions’ secondary, completing 23 of 36 passes for 269 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Ravens jumped out to a 20-0 lead at halftime, and although the Lions briefly made things interesting with two third-quarter touchdowns, by the end it wasn’t close. The Ravens looked very good, and the Lions looked very bad.

The Ravens have a big date at Pittsburgh next week, but after that they have three very winnable games against the Browns, Colts and Bengals. It’s hard to picture the Ravens being held out of the postseason — and they should be a tough team to beat.

18 responses to “Ravens strengthen playoff chances with blowout win over Lions

  1. Stafford is awful. I’ve seen baseball pitching machines with better pocket awareness. Just awful.

  2. Caldwell is one of the worst coaches in the league. 10 days to prepare for the Ravens who had 6 days to prepare and that was the performance they put out there?

    Stafford completed 20 passes in a row and the Lions still got their butts kicked. How is Caldwell even allowed near an NFL stadium

  3. Dear Ms. Ford,

    Please tell your GM to fire Caldwell immediately and then throw the entire Ford Foundation at Jim Harbaugh. And order your player personnel folks to get an O-line and a secondary that befits the team’s talent for krystsake. How many years will it be before these two areas are fixed? We’re talking Matt Millen era, geezus.

    Thank you.

  4. weepingjebus says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Stafford is awful.

    …………..
    wasnt the part he threw 20 completed passes in a row. Mustve been that 1 interception, huh stat guru??

  5. patsfan1820 says:

    December 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Ravens took advantage of the Lions mediocre offense and it looks like Flacco woke up. Ravens are better as a dark horse team than a front runner.

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    The Lions defense is top 5 in the league this year. But don’t let facts get in the way of your opinion.

    The bottom line from today is that the Ravens are continuing to improve in all facets of the game. And we don’t care if we are a Wild Card team playing on the road in the post season. But being a Pats fan, you should already know that.

    Go RAVENS

  6. Flacco has one good game and people acting like all is great with the Ravens. Wow, that’s pathetic. He’s been awful all year. One game says very little. And love how everyone conveniently ignore that the Ravens likely lost a huge piece of their defense today, which is essential if they want to win any playoff game.

  7. wib22 says:
    Worried a bit, pats fans?

    Ya see, wibby, my son, in the game of football, the winner of the game is the one with the most points. This in turn implies that you must actually score points to win, in case you were wondering. So I’m sure there are some Pats fans that are nervous nellies and for whom nothing short of Al Michaels shouting a super bowl LII victory for NE will suffice — but I’m not the least frightened by Ravens in the playoffs.

  8. guitarkevin says:
    December 3, 2017 at 4:52 pm
    patsfan1820 says:

    December 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Ravens took advantage of the Lions mediocre offense and it looks like Flacco woke up. Ravens are better as a dark horse team than a front runner.

    ———————————————————————–

    The Lions defense is top 5 in the league this year. But don’t let facts get in the way of your opinion.

    The bottom line from today is that the Ravens are continuing to improve in all facets of the game. And we don’t care if we are a Wild Card team playing on the road in the post season. But being a Pats fan, you should already know that.

    Go RAVENS

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    Oh please the Lions almost lost to the damn Browns you know for a fact they aren’t going anywhere this year with the NFC being as stacked as it is. Try taking a compliment better dude.

  9. They gonna roll right over the entire AFC playoff field. You made Sizzle mad, now you will pay.

  10. So does Caldwell get to finish the season? I’m not interested in Harbaugh as a coach, but we have to talk about who the next head coach will be. The only person worse than Harbaugh would be Gruden. I’m sure Donald Trump will say that fixing the Lions is easy, and then print hats that say Make Detroit Great Again.

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