This one hasn’t been quite as smooth as last week, now has it?
The Ravens are tied with the Titans 10-10 entering halftime, but they haven’t looked all that sharp - especially on offense - this afternoon. This comes after an incredibly impressive offensive performance last Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Still, they’re tied up on the road at halftime, which is never a bad thing, and have 30 minutes to get their mojo back.
Here are a few quick-hit notes on the first half of play:
- The Ravens’ receivers, who turned in a solid performance against the Steelers last week, are getting very little separation today, making it tough for quarterback Joe Flacco to find much of anything down the field. Nearly a third of Flacco’s passing yards in the first half came on a screen pass to Ray Rice (who is far and away the Ravens’ leader in receiving yards today), evidence of the fact that he’s getting very little help from his wideouts and tight ends.
- Lee Evans does not look close to 100 percent healthy. Battling an ankle injury the last few weeks, Evans doesn’t have the burst that he displayed in the preseason, and isn’t coming out of his breaks that well.
- Kenny Britt is a beast. The Titans receiver has posted six receptions for 80 yards already, and he outmuscled cornerback Domonique Foxworth on a four-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck. Britt has great speed, is a very smooth route-runner, and presents a big matchup problem because of his size and physicality. The Ravens should try and bracket Britt in the second half and make Hasselbeck lean on his other receivers.
- Suspended last week, David Reed is making a statement today. The second-year wide receiver has reclaimed his kickoff return job, and he provided a much-needed big play at the end of the half, breaking a 77-yard return to get the Ravens in range for a late field goal. Reed doesn’t have explosive speed, but he sets up his returns well by reading the holes and running hard north-south.
- After coming out of the gates hot Week 1, the Ravens’ offense started incredibly slow today. In the first quarter, Baltimore put up just 25 total yards on 14 plays. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron made some adjustments after a few drives and got things rolling a bit, but the
- Cary Williams certainly impressed through training camp and the preseason, but he hasn’t had a great day today. Williams has gotten beat on double moves, and has been a step late today. He’s not alone, though, as the Baltimore secondary in general has not been at their best this afternoon.