Monday, November 19, 2012
Upon Further Review: Ravens
By Jamison Hensley
Revisiting the Baltimore Ravens' 13-10 win at the Pittsburgh Steelers:
Last season, the Ravens had a problem with allowing touchdowns on special teams, giving up three scores on returns. This year, Baltimore is the one reaching the end zone after picking up Jacoby Jones this offseason.
Jones has scored three touchdowns off returns in the past five weeks, including a 63-yard punt return that was the Ravens' only touchdown against Pittsburgh.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, it was the first regular-season punt return for a touchdown by an opponent in the 12-year history of Heinz Field. The Steelers entered the game with the 10th-best punt coverage team in the NFL, giving up 7.9 yards per return. The longest punt return against Pittsburgh had been 27 yards.
Jones is the first player in Ravens history to score touchdowns off three combined special teams returns and also became the first NFL player since Patrick Peterson last season to score three touchdowns off returns in a five-game span.
“Those are the hidden points that makes the difference in games. It was huge,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “I am proud of Jacoby and the entire special teams.”
STAT THAT STICKS: 2 -- Number of times the Ravens have started a season with an 8-2 record. The last time this happened was 2006, when Baltimore finished 13-3 and earned the No. 2 seed. It's the first time in Harbaugh's five seasons the Ravens have won eight of their first 10 games.
OVERHEARD: "To be honest, I don't know if there's every going to be a tilt until we actually win a few Super Bowls, and that's just something they can always hang over our head." -- Ravens running back Ray Rice on whether the rivalry is tilting in Baltimore's favor after a third straight win over the Steelers.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Ravens (8-2) play at San Diego (4-6), where they lost by 20 points (34-14) last December.