Oct 26, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith (89) reacts after catching a pass for a touchdown but called back due to a penalty during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Bengals defeated the Ravens 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to Lunchtime Links, where we round up all the latest Ravens news from around the web for your convenient consumption. Today we check in on Jimmy Smith and his sprained foot, why Torrey Smith is proving to be an average receiver, check the latest NFL power rankings, and debate whether or not the game sealing offensive pass interference call on Steve Smith was the right call.
"Following Baltimore’s last-minute loss to Cincinnati on Sunday, it was understandably difficult to find anyone in the Ravens locker room who agreed with the pass interference call on wide receiver Steve Smith that decided the game. Via CSN Ravens Insider Clifton Brown, linebacker Terrell Suggs said it took a good deal of — intestinal fortitude — for the referee to make that call in that spot. Terrell Suggs on Smith play “That’s a pretty balsy call considering the situation, but we’re over it.” #RavensTalk — Clifton BrownCSN (@CliftonBrownCSN) October 26, 2014"
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"The back-and-forth battle between the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals ended on a bit of a controversial note.With 47 seconds left to go in the game, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco rolled to the right and launched an 80-yard touchdown pass to veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr.Battling through one-on-one coverage down the field, Smith turned to the football, used his hands to free himself from Bengals safety George Iloka and secured the catch. After he ran into the end zone, the play was nullified because of an offensive pass interference call."
"Rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro provided the majority of the Ravens’ big plays offensively during Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, as he scored a pair of touchdowns in the second half.If not for Taliaferro’s contributions, the Ravens probably wouldn’t have even had a shot at the end."
"Week 8 did not disappoint.Peyton Manning ran up the record books, Tom Brady reminded folks that he’s still pretty dang good and the Detroit Lions guaranteed Mike Smith’s Atlanta Falcons would have a long flight home from London.From Thursday night all the way through the weekend, this was a wild set of games. With just two byes—the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants—the NFL brought us 15 games and few blowouts in a week that will be remembered for exceptional quarterback play, rookie wide receivers making big plays and very little defense."
"With the Dallas Cowboys yet to play in Week 8 and some upsets at the top of the NFL power rankings, the Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots are surging and making major strides in the right direction.After losses to multiple teams who were ranked in the top ten of last week’s NFL power rankings, there were some big shake ups with Arizona and New England being among the teams benefiting the most."