Ravens-Colts halftime notes

January, 16, 2010
1/16/10
9:47
PM ET
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Colts lead the Baltimore Ravens, 17-3, at intermission.

Here are some halftime notes and observations:
  • Baltimore's defense did a decent job until the end of the first half. The Ravens held Indianapolis to a field goal on the opening drive of the game, did well in between, then allowed 14 points late before halftime. Baltimore is sticking to its nickel personnel for most of the game, because the Colts are giving a spread, no-huddle look.
  • The Ravens have zero sacks in the first half. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning doesn’t have to move much in the pocket, which is what successful teams make him do.
  • Results have been mixed so far from Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. I will say he looks better than he did in last week’s win over the New England Patriots and surpassed last week’s yardage total on the opening drive. Flacco hasn’t been asked to move around the pocket to much. So it’s tough to gauge how much his quad is bothering him.
  • The Ravens haven’t been able to establish much of a running game. Ray Rice leads Baltimore with 28 yards on eight carries. The Ravens may have to go away from the running game in the second half, which is not a good sign.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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