Ravens Have Excelent 1st Quarter, Stumble In The Second


Nov 4, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) rushes for a first down in the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

The Ravens finally got off to a good start in the first quarter as they raced out to a 14-0 lead. The Ravens had two first quarter drives, they both ended in touchdown runs, one each for Ray Rice and Bernard Pollard. It was Pollards first career touchdown, and it was a good one. He worked his way to the sidelines and broke a tackle and sneaked just inside the pile-on for a 9 yard strike.

The Ravens defense was excellent in the first quarter as well as they looked ready to bounce back from  a trio of bad showings. They were getting good pressure and swarming to the ball and most importantly, they weren’t missing a huge number of tackles.

The second quarter was a bit of a different story. The Ravens had 2 possessions(not including the kneel down to end the quarter) just like in the first quarter, but this time they were unable to convert those possessions into points. The Browns on the other hand, turned their three possessions into 9 points. the defense wasn’t necessarily bad, but they weren’t playing as well as they did in the first quarter either.

All in all it was still a good half from the Ravens, but lets hope to see more 1st quarter play and less second quarter play moving forward.