I wonder if they’ll let the high schoolers that compete in the long toss competition at halftime throw on Colts jerseys and see what they can do in the second half.
Can’t be much worse than the guys standing on Indianapolis’ sideline.
This has just been a massacre so far, with the Ravens outplaying the Colts in every facet of the game. Here are a few quick-hit notes on the first half of play:
- Since I’m such a big fan of statistics, I wanted to pass along some of the more telling ones from the first 30 minutes. The Ravens have 14 first downs to the Colts’ four, 190 total yards to Indy’s 47 and 6.9 yards per pass to the Colts’ 0.9.
- The Ravens have quietly been incredibly effective through the air today, with Joe Flacco going 14-of-19 for 138 yards and a touchdown. Colts starter Dan Orlovsky, on the other hand, is a lowly 5-of-11 for 23 yards.
- Anquan Boldin has two catches for 12 yards. If he played on the Colts, those numbers would make him the team leader in both categories.
- One area where the Ravens need to show some improvement is kick coverage. They’ve allowed Colts defensive back Joe Lefeged to average 31.7 yards on his three kickoff returns, including one which Lefeged busted for 51 yards. That return set up the Colts’ lone score on the day.
- With his first quarter touchdown, Torrey Smith has tied the Ravens’ franchise record for most touchdowns by a rookie. Jamal Lewis had six touchdowns back in 2000. Smith has four catches for a team-high 45 yards and a TD so far today, and he very nearly made a spectacular grab on a Flacco deep ball late in the first half.
- Ray Lewis isn’t playing again today, but Ray Rice paid tribute to the Ravens’ injured linebacker by doing Lewis’ patented “Hot in Herre” dance as he came out of the tunnel during pregame introductions. Rice’s version was much shorter and not as over-the-top, but it got a great reaction from the fans, and Lewis seemed to really get a kick out of it, as well.
- Cory Redding’s monster season continues, as the veteran defensive end has recorded four tackles and a sack so far today. That gives Redding 4.5 sacks on the season, tying him for fourth-most on the team.