Baltimore Ravens Grades, Indianapolis Colts Edition

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Oct 5, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flaco(5) in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Offense: C

The offense didn’t get a lot of time to do much, and when they did, there were some obvious struggles.  Joe Flacco and Torrey Smith continued to show little chemistry in this new offense which was capped off by a missed opportunity on the final drive of the game.  T. Smith could only secure 3 of 8 targets for 38 yards in yet another disappointing performance.

Joe Flacco went 22 of 38 passing for 235 yards (6.2 avg), with zero touchdowns, one interception, and a 65.1 passer rating.  But we can’t really place the blame on Flacco, who was running for his life against a Colts defense that entered this game struggling to generate a pass rush without Dwight Freeney.

James Hurst came back to earth one week after performing relatively well against the Panthers, and the first year undrafted rookie gave up 3 of the 4 sacks allowed by this offensive line.  Joe Flacco was under pressure constantly and had little time to throw.

The Ravens were running the ball well against the Colts, but the backs didn’t get much of a chance for whatever reason.  As a team, the Ravens rushed 15 times for 90 yards (6.0 avg).  Justin Forsett once again paced the trio with 6 carries for 42 yards, followed by Lorenzo Taliaferro (5 for 18), and Bernard Pierce (4 for 30).

Owen Daniels led the Ravens in receiving, securing 5 of 7 targets for 70 yards.  Justin Forsett caught 7 of 8 for 55 yards, while Steve Smith came back to earth, catching 5 of 7 for 34 yards and committing a fumble.  Jacoby Jones added a lost fumble on a baffling muffed return.

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