Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints Grades Week Twelve

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Nov 24, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) celebrates with quarterback Joe Flacco (5) after a touchdown run during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Ravens defeated the Saints 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Offense: A

The Ravens simply hitched their offensive wagon to Justin Forsett, which is exactly what we hoped they would do against a Saints defense that can’t stop the run.  And the results speak for themselves, as Forsett had a career best day while running through gaping holes all night.

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Kudos to the offensive line, who pushed the Saint’s defensive line around so bad even I could have run for 100 yards.  It was as dominant a performance as we have seen all year.  Credit certainly goes to Forsett for his shifty running, but he didn’t have to do as much work this week.

Joe Flacco didn’t put up huge stats, but he didn’t need to.  This is the kind of situation that suits him best, a clean pocket with an effective running game and less than 30 pass attempts.  Combine that with a feisty Steve Smith and an effective Torrey Smith, and you can win a lot of games with this formula.

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