Baltimore Ravens Grades, Indianapolis Colts Edition
By Brett Foote
Oct 5, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
The Colts entered week five with the number one offense in the NFL, and Andrew Luck came in rated as the number one quarterback in the NFL. The Ravens, reeling in the secondary through four weeks, did a mostly fantastic job of limiting the Colts to field goals and kept the game close even though it shouldn’t have been.
Luck completed 32 of 49 passes for 312 yards (6.4 avg), 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions, and a 72.8 rating. The Ravens also limited the Colts to 117 yards rushing on 30 attempts (3.9 avg). For a team that has glaring weaknesses in the secondary going up against a team that has numerous weapons, it was an encouraging day.
C.J. Mosley built upon his breakout performance against the Panthers by racking up 15 tackles with an interception, a deflected pass (that resulted in a Haloti Ngata interception) and a quarterback hit. Pernell McPhee added the Raven’s only sack of the day, and Elvis Dumervil had two quarterback hits.
Considering the conditions and the opponent, it was an encouraging performance by the Raven’s defense. Another encouraging sign is that Lardarius Webb played quite a bit in this game and appeared to come out of it healthy. Webb added two deflected passes and had an uneven performance overall, but that much is to be expected after all the time he has missed.
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