Ravens’ Afternoon Delight Over the Raiders


There were plenty of surprises in the Ravens’ home win over the Oakland Raiders, but the same date that usually brings the Ravens to the party came to steal the show.

Defensively, the Ravens did exactly what they were supposed to do. More pressure on JaMarcus Russell and the running game than they could stand. They bent a little bit in the latter stages of the game, but it was too late.

Now that THAT’s out of the way, Joe Flacco catching passes? Troy Smith throwing passes? It could only go down against the Oakland Raiders, but it went down without a hitch.

Flacco looked poised enough that Cam Cameron decided, “what the heck, let’s just throw a little Wildcat at em’.” And in a town that cheers for runs and passes going for positive yardage, we were suddenly treated to option runs, trick plays, and long throws.

This wasn’t your father’s Raven offense. This was something new. Something that was willing to be experimental. Something that was prepared for the defense it was facing.

And most of all, something fun to watch.

But there are a few questions that come out of this game. We’re all happy for Troy Smith getting a chance to get in on the season as a dual threat option, but could this mean a reduce role for Flacco? After all, if you’re willing to send your first-round, quarterback-of-the-future draft pick out on go routes, are you sending a message about the direction of the team? At least for this season?

Same thing with the running game. We saw a lot of Ray Rice this afternoon, and what we saw was good. Does that mean it was good enough to supplant Willis McGahee as the speed back of choice for the Ravens?

Enough of spoling the afternoon. Let’s just rejoice in the fact that the Ravens have a quarterback who not only can hit a receiver on a crossing route, but might also line up and run one.

Tags: Joe Flacco Ray Rice Troy Smith Willis McGahee

  • http://titansized.com krbarton

    I gathered a bit from the last post that you’re not always happy with Mike Preston’s commentary (fair enough, even though he’s probably the most consistent guy at the Sun now that Roch’s gone), but I think it’s safe to agree with his continued praise of Cam Cameron’s offense. The little bit I’ve been able to see of the Ravens here in Tennessee (I refuse to acknowledge the Colts game), have looked far different from the Cavanaugh, Fassell, Billick offenses of the past, for the better. The predictabilty level is much lower, and Jim Harbaugh seems to be a coach that will let Cameron do what he does (as opposed to the Billick/Fassell experiment). I don’t want to jinx anything, but Pittsburgh’s schedule is very tough, and you never know who might sneak in as the benifactor of that.

  • http://ebonybird.com Jarrett

    Mike Preston is a hater with access, which, sadly in today’s print journalism, is not unusual. With that being said, Cam Cameron’s offense should be praised. It gives the defense more chances to rest, and more opportunities for aggressive blitz schemes when they are playing ahead.