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Wrap-up: Ravens 26, Dolphins 10

11/7/2010

Here are some thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' 26-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins:

What it means: The Ravens remain in first place in the AFC North and improve to 6-2. They will hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) no matter what happens on Monday night. Baltimore is taking care of business by protecting its home stadium, where the Ravens are 4-0 this season. The game marked the first road loss this year for Miami.

What I liked: Baltimore's defense wreaked havoc by forcing turnovers, and that's something the Ravens haven't done consistently this season. Baltimore made things uncomfortable for Miami quarterback Chad Henne, who threw three interceptions and was sacked twice. Ravens safety Ed Reed recorded his third interception in two games back from hip surgery.The turnovers made it easy for the offense.

What I didn't like: It was a good win for Baltimore. The offense gained 402 total yards but settled for too many field goals. Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff had a busy day with four field goals, as the Ravens were 1-for-7 in red-zone efficiency.

What's next: The Ravens have a very short week to prepare for the talented Atlanta Falcons Thursday night in what will be a battle of first-place teams. Both teams are Super Bowl contenders in its respective conferences, and it should be one of the top games of Week 10.