Here are how my three keys to the game prior to the game went tonight :
1. Run, run, run : I felt like the Ravens would have to run the ball to have success tonight against the Redskins, and that is exactly what they did. The Ravens ran the ball 39 times for 147 yards. LeRon McClain was huge again as he had 20 carries for 61 yards and a touchdown and just ran rough shot over the Redskins on the offensive drive in the 4th quarter that lead to the Mason touchdown. McClain had 10 carries for 43 yards for the Ravens on that drive. The Ravens took over on offense on that drive with 11:22 left to go in the game and were in the end zone with 3:44 left in the game.
2. Make Jason Campbell one dimensional : The Ravens did just that in taking away his running game only allowing 62 total rushing yards. Campbell had to throw the ball 37 times, with his longest completion being 27yards. He was picked off twice by Ed Reed and sacked twice also on the night, not to mention under constant pressure.
3. Stay away from the secondary– While Joe Flacco did not have a great night throwing the football, he took the short to intermediate passes most of the night. Out of the 10 passes Flacco completed, 6 of them were for 20 yards or less. Half of his passes went to his wide outs while the other half went to the running backs.
Here are some other notes post game :
Michael and Scottie vs Ray and Ed
– Terrell Suggs referred to Ray Lewis and Ed Reed as the Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the Ravens.
No One to blame but themselves
– Several of the players said that you can not ask for a better situation than what has lined up for them next week against the Steelers. They get to play for a shot in the playoffs against the division leaders at home. The general theme was that if they let this one get away from them, they have no one to blame but themselves.
Defense scores, Ravens win
The Ravens have recorded 6 defensive TD’s this year, they are 6 -0 in games when they score a defensive touchdown. The Ravens have 40 defensive TD’s since 1996 and are 34-5 when the score a defensive touchdown.
Ed Reed has 7 of those defensive touchdowns, which is the most in team history. He passed Chris McAlister Sunday night who previously had the record with 6. Reed also recorded his 38th and 39th interceptions of his career Sunday night versus the Redskins, which is a Ravens team record. The two interceptions on Sunday night was the 6th time in his career that he has had 2 INT’s in a game and 2nd time this season he has done it. When Reed records 2 INT’s, the Ravens are 6-0.
Willis McGahee – shoulder stinger
Ray Rice – leg injury
Matt Stover – ankle injury
Yamon Figurs – knee injury
More will not be known about these injuries till Wednesday when the team returns to practice.