Inside the Ravens with Aaron Wilson

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

RAVENS QUICK HITS: Feeling hot, hot, hot


With 69 points in two games, the Ravens have scored more points in consecutive games than in any two-game period in franchise history since 2005. ... Harbaugh was complimentary of quarterback Joe Flacco, for smartly taking a nine-yard sack in the fourth quarter to keep the clock running prior to Steve Hauschka's 33-yard field goal. "Rather than throwing it away or risking a fumble, Joe holds onto it and takes a sack," Harbaugh said. "That keeps the clocking rolling and forces them to take a timeout." ...

Atop the AFC North, the Ravens aren't thrilled that they're being labeled by former NFL head coach Steve Mariucci as the team to beat in the AFC. "We don't care, we don't particularly want that," Harbaugh said. "That's not a place we're comfortable with. It's early, but I'm proud of our football team. They won a tough game on the road, early in the season." ...

Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs bumped Sproles on his 81-yard touchdown catch out of the backfield, but help never came as Sproles went untouched on his way to the end zone. "When you play man coverage against a good back like that, sometimes you put a call on to try to knock those guys off and slow them down a little bit," Harbaugh said. "And Suggs tried to do that. They got us caught up in the man coverage on a switch and he came free. That was unfortunate. They caught us." ...

The Ravens haven't been using fourth wide receiver Demetrius Williams much with the emergence of third receiver Kelley Washington, who caught a touchdown against San Diego. "We've been in three receiver sets, he's been the fourth receiver," Harbaugh said. "When we feel like he's ready to help us win a game based on the situation, he'll be out there. He's worked really hard. You don't put on 12, 15 pounds of muscle mass in the last year that he's done to get himself ready to play if you're not a hard-working guy. I think without question he'll be a big part of the plans the next few weeks." ...

The Ravens didn't agree with the offsides penalty on rookie offensive tackle Michael Oher where an official stopped the play as center Matt Birk was getting ready to snap the ball. "I made a call this morning," Harbaugh said. "That was a really well-officiated game. That would be one that we weren't too sure about. We'll give them one, I guess, but they did a good job." ...

Harbaugh chose his words carefully when asked about former defensive coordinator Rex Ryan's New York Jets' upset win over the New England Patriots. "I've got to be careful on that," he said. "How this thing shakes out, we're going to be rooting for the Ravens all the way through and it looks like the Jets are going to be a big part of that just like Rex said they would. We're not surprised. We've come to pretty much believe everything Rex says." ...

The Ravens had some trouble with cramping with strong safety Dawan Landry getting an IV on the sideline to replenish his fluids. "Our guys were doing fine until they put the thermometer up on the big scoreboard and it showed 108 degrees," Harbaugh said. "All of a sudden, our guys were dying. That was psychology or something going on there, but they started cramping toward the end."

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.

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