What they're saying about the Ravens

Media roundup

September 27, 2010|By Baltimore Sun reporter

Here's a look at what other media are saying about the Ravens' 24-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

• ESPN.com's James Walker talks about what he liked -- and didn't like -- from the Ravens' win.

What I liked: There were some things I like from both teams. For Baltimore, the offense finally showed signs of life, particularly the passing game. Quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 262 yards and all three touchdowns were to receiver Anquan Boldin. For the Browns, they played tough and pushed the Ravens into the fourth quarter, despite being a huge underdog.

What I didn't like: Baltimore's run defense was unusually shaky in this game. Browns running back Peyton Hillis torched the Ravens for 144 rushing yards and a touchdown. That will be something Baltimore needs to clean up. For the Browns, they blew a second-half lead for the third straight game. Cleveland led 17-14 in the fourth quarter, but it couldn't stop Baltimore's offense from scoring 10 straight points to seal the game.

• Matt Bowen of National Football Post hands out one of his "game balls" to Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin for his big performance in Week 3.

Anquan Boldin, Ravens: 8 receptions, 142-yards and 3 TDs for a Ravens team that comes back to beat Cleveland.

• SI.com's Peter King also praises Boldin while ranking the Ravens at No. 11 in his latest "The Fine Fifteen" this week.

11. Baltimore (2-1). Anquan Boldin (eight for 142 and three touchdowns) has been an All-Pro receiver through his first month in the AFC.

• Don Banks of SI.com speaks highly of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco for his big game against the Browns, but he cautions that next week's matchup is going to be more difficult.

Speaking of the Ravens, did anyone need a good game in Week 3 more than quarterback Joe Flacco, who actually had to endure talk-show chatter calling for backup Marc Bulger last week? Flacco was back in form in the Ravens' surprisingly tough 24-17 win over visiting Cleveland, with 22 of 31 passing for 262 yards and three touchdowns -- all to his new favorite target, Anquan Boldin.

More importantly, Flacco had no interceptions after four last week at Cincinnati, and one in Week 1 at the Jets. Now comes the toughest test an NFL quarterback can face at the moment: A Week 4 trip to Pittsburgh, for a showdown with the 3-0 Steelers.

• CBSSports.com's Clark Judge discusses Boldin's advantage over Browns cornerback Eric Wright in Sunday's game.

2. Eric Wright vs. Anquan Boldin. Score this one a mismatch, with the Browns' cornerback beaten for three touchdowns. "I had a horrible day, and I let my team down," Wright said. I'd say that's an accurate assessment.

• The (New York) Daily News' Ebenezer Samuel writes about Ravens running back Ray Rice's lack of production in the first few weeks.

He was supposed to top 1,000 rushing yards, catch 40, maybe 50 passes, be a touchdown machine. He was supposed to anchor your fantasy squad, be the bellwether of the Baltimore Ravens offense.

That's why you said a thank-you prayer as soon as you netted Ray Rice with that top-five pick on draft day, isn't it? And that's why you've banged your head against your living room wall the past three Sundays, as Rice has turned in underwhelming performance after underwhelming performance.

And now? You and all other Rice owners are holding your collective breaths. Rice left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter with a sprained knee. Coach John Harbaugh said that Rice suffered no ligament damage, but he's set to undergo a series of tests Monday, and his status for next Sunday is up in the air.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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