Media roundup: What they're saying about the Ravens

December 27, 2010

Here's a look at what other media outlets are saying about the Ravens' 20-10 victory against the Cleveland Browns in Week 16:

• ESPN.com's James Walker writes about the Ravens' physical presence in the win.

The Ravens were the more physical team on both sides of the ball. They stuffed Cleveland running back Peyton Hillis (35 rushing yards) and gained 161 yards on the ground. Baltimore's defense also forced four turnovers, which made the difference. Ravens safety Ed Reed had two interceptions. For Cleveland, rookie cornerback Joe Haden had another solid game (five tackles, one interception and a sack).

• Walker also brings up an interesting point that could help the Ravens in the division title chase with the Steelers.

The Steelers face a huge question: Should it play ailing safety Troy Polamalu (Achilles tendon) against Cleveland? He probably won't be 100 percent this week. Polamalu was injured and didn't play against the Browns last season.

• SI.com's Peter King selects Ravens safety Ed Reed as one of his defensive players of the week.

The Ravens held the Browns to 280 total yards, and Reed was his old self in undressing rookie Colt McCoy (27.0 quarterback rating, no touchdowns, three interceptions). Reed had two interceptions, increasing his career interception figure to 52, tying the fabled Larry Wilson for 24th on the all-time list. Tied for 22nd: Deion Sanders, Ty Law.

• Andrew Perloff of SI.com gives a quick analysis of the game.

The Ravens still have a shot to win the AFC North if Pittsburgh stumbles. The win was characteristic of the season -- they ran the ball well, played tough defense and seemed to do just enough to win comfortably. Ray Rice rushed for 92 yards and will once again be Baltimore's main weapon in the postseason. Ed Reed had two interceptions and like clockwork tried a crazy lateral on one of the returns. Reed has to know that's the wrong play, but he's just too close to the end of his career and doesn't care anymore. Meanwhile, Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy threw three picks and may have hurt his chance of winning the starting job for next season. McCoy has had good overall numbers, but is only 2-5 as a starter and could use a strong performance in Week 17 against the Steelers.

• The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer's Chuck Yarborough wonders whether the Browns' Colt McCoy is really the team's quarterback of the future.

Colt McCoy had his worst game as a pro Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens in the Browns' 20-10 loss. He completed 15 of 29 passes for only 149 yards. Well, that's not exactly true. Eighteen of his passes were caught. Problem is that three of them were caught by the Ravens. He wound up with a 27.0 passer rating.

Time to start scouring the draft boards for next year, or is this just a really harsh lesson en route to McCoy becoming the quarterback on whom the Browns can rely for years to come?

• Stephanie Storm of the Akron Beacon Journal says Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis backed up his harsh words for Browns running back Peyton Hillis with his hardnosed play.

Unfortunately for the Browns, Lewis isn't some small-time schoolyard bully. He's a veteran NFL linebacker who often backs up anything that comes out of his mouth with his physical play.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr. and Mike Miller]

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