Instant analysis of the Ravens' 48-17 win the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6

October 12, 2014|The Baltimore Sun

Jeff Zrebiec, reporter: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers stink -- let’s get that out of the way first. But the Ravens still needed an offensive performance like this on the road. It was extremely beneficial to get Torrey Smith going, and also to incorporate a couple of more targets, like Michael Campanaro and Kamar Aiken, into the offense. Not to be outdone, the defense played well until it let down in the second half. They got a rare interception from a defensive back and a rare – at least lately – sack from Terrell Suggs. This was a butt whooping in every phase. The Ravens needed it. Now, they need to return home and take care of business against the Atlanta Falcons before they begin the two-game road stretch at Cincinnati and at Pittsburgh that ultimately might decide their fate in the AFC North.     

Aaron Wilson, reporter: It was such a dominant performance by the Ravens that the most compelling debate on the sidelines was when to take quarterback Joe Flacco out of the ballgame. By the time Tyrod Taylor entered the game in the fourth quarter, Flacco had delivered a career-high five touchdown passes and the Ravens had scored the second-most points in franchise history. They finished the game seven points shy of tying the all-time franchise record for scoring established in 2012 against the Oakland Raiders. The Ravens scored 28 points in the first quarter for the most points on the road in a quarter in franchise history. When the Ravens scored early in the game, they made it look easy against a hapless Buccaneers team that dropped to 1-5. Torrey Smith broke out of a slump with two touchdown catches and Michael Campanaro (River Hill) and Kamar Aiken caught their first NFL touchdowns. The 4-2 Ravens walloped the Buccaneers in every phase of the game and then they took their foot off the gas pedal once the game was out of hand rather than chase scoring records. The defense, especially nose tackle Brandon Williams and outside linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs, overwhelmed Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon. Cornerback Jimmy Smith intercepted his first pass of the season. It marked the first interception by any of the Ravens’ defensive backs this year. The Ravens are now 2-0 against the NFC South this season and return home next week to play another NFC South team, the Atlanta Falcons, at M&T Bank Stadium.

Ron Fritz, sports editor: Impressive game for the Ravens’ offense, but let’s face it, the Buccaneers are terrible. Can’t believe they beat the Steelers on the road. Almost as big for the Ravens was the pressure the defense put on Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon. A nice, easy win on the road is a big deal for the Ravens, who have been known to play down to their competition away from M&T Bank Stadium.

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