In one afternoon, the Ravens managed to make Ryan Fitzpatrick look like Peyton Manning, Lee Evans look like Jerry Rice, and Steve Johnson (yes, Steve Johnson) look like Randy Moss.
I don’t know how they did it, but they did.
The members of the Baltimore defense will want to burn the game tape and the stats from this one, but I don’t think they’ll get away with that. Fabian Washington, Lardarius Webb, Dawan Landry and company will be stuck thinking about their performance for the next two weeks because of the bye.
“It wasn’t X’s and O’s, and we didn’t have any communication problems,” cornerback Chris Carr said. “We just didn’t make plays. Plain and simple. They just beat us today. The coaches couldn’t say anything when we came to the sideline, we just needed to play better.”
The Ravens gave up 506 total yards, the most they’ve allowed in nearly 10 years. 374 of those yards came through the air.
Fitzpatrick had a quarterback rating of 106.2, and threw four touchdown passes. Three of those landed in the arms of Evans, who had 105 yards receiving. Johnson’s yardage total was even higher - 158 - and he added a touchdown catch of his own.
This from a group that had the league’s second-worst passing offense coming into today at just 144 yards per game.
“I’m disappointed in the yards; I’m disappointed with the points; I’m disappointed with the coverage,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “I’m disappointed with the pressure in some ways.”
Other than that, everything was great.
The Bills had an extra week to prepare for this Baltimore defense, but the members of the Ravens’ secondary said that didn’t play a factor in their poor play. Buffalo didn’t show them anything new; it was the same offense they’d been studying on film coming into today.
“Same thing, same thing I was expecting,” Washington said. “They beat me on several plays. They beat us on some plays that we would normally make.”
“It’s the NFL. Everybody makes plays,” Webb said. “They’re going to make plays every week. They made some great plays. I guess me and Fabo had a rough day. Those days do happen in the NFL.”
Hopefully, they won’t happen much more often, or else dreams of a trip to Dallas in early February might come crashing down.