Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Play Like a Raven – Week 16

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PlayLikeaRayRice

The Weekly Honor’s namesake again lived up to his billing, gashing the Steelers’ (then) #1 rush defense for 141 yards on 30 carries. He had only 1 catch for 14 yards though, and his fumble on the play after fellow 2008 second-round draft pick Rashard Mendenhall had done the same really hurt the Ravens.

Still, Ray Rice played like a Raven, once again.

Played Like a Raven – Todd Heap

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HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAP!

Where has this been all year from Todd? Maybe he is just now getting fully healthy, maybe Joe is only now trusting him enough near the goal line to go to him, or maybe Cam has finally figured out how to get the matchups he wants with Heap. Whatever the reason, four touchdown catches in two weeks is great to see from a guy that had seemingly become the forgotten man in the B’More offense.

The puzzling thing though, is why he was only targeted about three times all day. He had the 2/2 throws/touchdowns early on, then seemed to disappear until Flacco again went to him in the end zone later in the game. Heap nearly had his third touchdown in three receptions, but a could-have-went-either-way non-call for pass interference was just enough to keep him from pulling it in.

Where was he during all the non-red zone plays though?

If the Ravens can take care of business in Oakland, Heap may be primed for quite a postseason. Welcome back, Todd.

Did Not Play Like a Raven – Oniel Cousins and Derrick Mason

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Cousins, starting at right tackle due to the absence of Jared Gaither, was absolutely SCHOOLED by Lamarr Woodley. Woodley led the Steelers with seven tackles, including back-to-back sacks and a forced fumble that killed the Ravens’ final drive. Woodley seemingly ran through Cousins like he wasn’t even there most of the day, and, had Cousins not gotten help from backs, tight ends, and guard Marshal Yanda, Woodley may have racked up double digit sacks.

Not only was it his play that was unacceptable, but then Cousins had to throw in a personal foul penalty that knocked the Ravens out of field goal range on their opening drive of the fourth quarter. Come to think of it, Cousins pretty much single-handedly ended two of the Ravens’ three fourth quarter drives.

He’s a young guy and he’ll surely bounce back, but on this day, Oniel Cousins definitely DID NOT Play Like a Raven.

The other goat from this game, despite his once again leading the team in receptions and yards, was Derrick Mason.

His drop on the wide open touchdown pass that would have given the Ravens the lead is absolutely inexcusable. It may have been the most inopportune drop of his 13-year career. When that ball bounced off his facemask, Derrick basically punched every Ravens fan right in the stomach. Personally, I laid face-down on the floor for the remainder of that awful drive, which ended up resulting in ZERO points.

ZERO, instead of six.

If Mason catches that ball, Cousins never gets his personal foul penalty.

Flacco again went to Mason, on the Ravens next drive. Instead of picking up about 20 yards on 2nd and 6, and setting the Ravens up in Steelers’ territory, Mason dropped/fumbled (another one that could have went either way) the ball, and Sam Koch trotted on the field three plays later. That particular catch would have actually been negated by a Marshal Yanda holding penalty, had he held on, but it still doesn’t excuse his second consecutive critical late-game drop.

If the Ravens are to make any sort of run through the Playoffs, they cannot have their #1 receiver making game-changing drops. Mason is a professional, and undoubtedly his own worst critic after watching the game tape. Let’s hope it results in some renewed focus for this stretch of critical game(s, hopefully) to come.

Comments

5 Responses to “Play Like a Raven – Week 16”
  1. Matt says:

    Now that I am done with my pissing match with Superfan Number 86 I’d like to get a few things off my chest. Good for Heap he has been pretty awesome these past few games. He is one of my favorite Ravens of all time. Now my least favorite Raven of all time is Frank Walker who is such a cocky jackass. Now I don’t mind players being cocky because it’s part of the game just as long as your play backs it up. Walker cannot cover my grandmother and is a penalty machine. If he is on the 2010 Roster I am going to be pissed. Speaking about least favorite Ravens Cousins did a wonderful Orlando Brown impression. Remember when Zeus screwed us during the 2003 Playoff game with the Titans? I am willing to cut Mason some slack but seriously you were on “Come On Man” last night and Meshawn was talking crap about you.

    Nest this might be a bit late but how come you haven’t mentioned your thoughts on “The Blind Side” I know you saw it, hell the way its doing at the box office a lot of people saw it. I want to see a Sandra Bullock played like a Raven tagline soon on this site.

  2. NestMinder says:

    Tommy Polley was on the radio the other day and said that Frank Walker couldn’t make a UFL or CFL roster. I still don’t understand how he is on this team. He must have some incriminating pictures of Ozzie.

    I’m a little late to do a post on the Blind Side – maybe when the DVD comes out. I did, however, really enjoy it.

  3. Matt says:

    I really enjoyed the movie too. I thought it was better than most of the so called Oscar contenders. *cough* Up in the Air *cough* I consider myself a bit of a movie snob so it passes my test. If I was a stupid rube I would be a Steelers fan.

    Nest, I want to get your take on the whole Colts tanking the Jets game. I thought it was a total gutless move on the Colts. Bill Belichick and the Patriots understood what it meant to be undefeated and handled it with a lot more class instead of just tanking it. I guess that what happens when the greatest player of our your “franchise” completely ignored you while he was alive and his statue is currently in front of stadium of a team that he never played for.

  4. Matt needs a life says:

    Matt you are an obsessed homer, whom lives vacariously through the Ravens and has an obsession with Steeler fans. You must have had your heart broken by a female Steeler fan or something. As a fellow Marylander….get a life you are making us look bad.

  5. Matt says:

    Thanks I feel touched. I am not really a homer or really give a crap about Steelers fans. Just that I like to piss off a certain Steelers fan who think he is King Shit because he has a blog.

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