Sunday, October 24, 2010
Wrap-up: Ravens 37, Bills 34 OT
By James Walker
Here are some thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' 37-34 overtime win against the Buffalo Bills:
What it means: The Ravens go into their bye week 5-2. Although the record is impressive, the Ravens have plenty of room to improve after recently losing to the New England Patriots and barely escaping against the Buffalo Bills.
What I liked: Ravens safety Ed Reed was stellar in his 2010 debut from hip surgery. He recorded four tackles and two interceptions against Buffalo. Reed decided late to suit up, and the Ravens were grateful that he did. Linebacker Ray Lewis also had a huge forced fumble in overtime. Other than that, Baltimore didn't earn many style points Sunday. The Ravens won't be happy with their overall performance, but it's always better going into the bye with a win.
What I didn't like: On paper, there is no reason Buffalo should have been able to nearly pull off the huge upset on the road. The Ravens fell behind by two touchdowns early and it was a battle the rest of the game. Baltimore's pass defense was shredded by career backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who threw for 374 yards and four touchdowns. There was talk of whether the Bills could beat a UFL team this week, which surely inspired Buffalo to show some pride and give its best effort. With the way Baltimore played Sunday, it probably would have lost to 30 other NFL teams on Sunday. Fortunately, the Ravens played the winless Bills (0-6)
What's next: The Ravens will have two weeks to rest and get better after the bye week. They will host the Miami Dolphins on November 7 in what should be another tough game against the AFC East. So far, Baltimore is 2-1 against the AFC East this season.