Sunday, September 25, 2011
Wrap-up: Ravens 37, Rams 7
By Jamison Hensley
Thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' 37-7 win at the St. Louis Rams:
What it means: Any concern that the Ravens would struggle like they did at Tennessee last Sunday was gone by the end of the first quarter, when Baltimore rolled out to a 21-0 lead. The Ravens avoided consecutive losses for the first time since October 2009 and hold a share of first place in the division with a 2-1 record.
Thumbs up: Wide receiver Torrey Smith. He became the first rookie to score three touchdowns in a quarter. Smith's first three career receptions all went for touchdowns -- 74, 41 and 18 yards -- and all came in the first quarter. Not bad for a second-round pick who had been criticized for not having a catch in the first two games of the season. He stepped into the starting lineup for Lee Evans, who was sidelined with an ankle injury.
Joe Flacco on fire: His roller-coaster season continued with a 389-yard passing performance. It set a career mark and ranked second in franchise history behind Vinny Testaverde's 429 yards in 1996. This led to the Ravens establishing a team record with 550 yards of total offense.
Roughing up Bradford: The Ravens' defense was relentless with Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. Baltimore recorded 11 quarterback hits and five sacks (from five different players).
What's next: The Ravens return home to have a Sunday night showdown with the New York Jets and former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan.