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Mike Preston | October 5, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Ravens were involved in a statement game on Sunday, and they sent the wrong message. If they wanted to prove they were a contending team after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2007, they failed. In fact, some of the same things that kept them from the playoffs in 2013 showed up again in a 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts before a crowd of 65,258 at Lucas Oil Stadium. It's not like Indianapolis had been dominant this seaosn.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
Breaking down each aspect of the Ravens' Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium: PASSING GAME RAVENS: Through the first four games last year, Joe Flacco had thrown five touchdown passes, seven interceptions and was sacked 12 times. This year, he has seven touchdowns, two interceptions and he's been sacked just three times. Flacco has directed 12 drives of 10 plays or more and converting on third down will be vital in keeping Andrew Luck off the field.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- When the Ravens drafted rookie inside linebacker C.J. Mosley out of Alabama, this was the kind of performance they envisioned from the former Butkus Award winner and consensus All-American. Mosley was all over the field in a losing cause against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. He routinely chased down running backs in pursuit and also recorded his first NFL interception in a 20-13 defeat at Lucas Oil Stadium. “I think he played phenomenal,” said outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco slowly picked himself up after being slammed to the ground, trudging off the field Sunday afternoon with a slight hitch in his step. Although he finished the game unhurt, Flacco appeared to be feeling the effects of being punished by the Indianapolis Colts' relentless pass rush. It was that kind of day for Flacco and the Ravens' offensive line during a 20-13 defeat to the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The former Super Bowl Most Valuable Player was sacked four times and hit six times overall.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - The mistakes came early and late. Steve Smith fumbled the first pass Joe Flacco threw. Torrey Smith dropped the last one, a sideline opportunity that would have kept the Ravens' comeback hopes alive, if only for a little longer. In between, the Ravens defense accomplished much of what they wanted against the NFL's highest-scoring team, only to watch their own offense falter repeatedly. A 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts before an announced crowd of 65,258 at Lucas Oil Stadium was a definite missed opportunity for the Ravens, who did all the things that they avoided doing during their three-game winning streak.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
Some sports name three stars of the game after the game. I'll do that one better: I'm going to name them before the Ravens even play. These will be the three stars of the game when the Ravens play the Colts in Indianapolis. 1. Quarterback Andrew Luck Luck has engineered the Colts to the top of the league in total yards (1,776), passing yards (1,304), and first downs (107) through the first quarter of the season, with the third-year quarterback earning the plaudits for the team's performance.
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By Matt Zenitz and Aaron Wilson and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 3, 2014
On Saturday, Ravens players Torrey Smith and John Simon will both be in Indianapolis, as the Ravens get ready for Sunday's game against the Colts. But while Smith and Simon take care of their own Ravens-related responsibilities, both will also be tracking what happens between Maryland and Ohio State on Saturday in College Park. Smith starred at Maryland before being drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Ravens and still follows the team closely. “I don't know about the score, but I think we can beat them,” Smith said.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
There's a pretty solid chance that the Ravens' scouting report on the Indianapolis Colts' offense includes a few bolded reminders about how dangerous wide receiver T.Y. Hilton can be as a deep threat. Hilton is one of the fastest wide receivers in the NFL, having run the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds. “We just can't let him take the top off the defense,” Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. Hilton emerged last season as a pivotal figure in the Colts' offense, catching a career-high 82 passes for 1,083 yards and six touchdowns.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Pernell McPhee has never operated in the spotlight on the Ravens defense, but the fourth-year outside linebacker has carved out an effective place in the rotation by both feeding on those who hog the attention, and at times, taking it away from them. With the Ravens thin on the defensive line and with stars Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil no longer every-down rushers, McPhee has seen time at both outside linebacker positions, defensive end, and nose tackle. He's not being shoehorned into the defense out of necessity, though.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
In a frenetic era of football where the hurry-up offense tends to be all the rage, the Ravens have adopted more of an old-school approach. The Ravens haven't entirely scrapped the no-huddle offense under new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, but it's definitely been reduced to something they do more out of necessity -- it's not a heavy chunk of their base offense. That's in stark contrast to a year ago when former offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell devoted many of his game plans to the no-huddle in an effort to spark a stagnant offense that finished 29th in the NFL last season.
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