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WR Steve Smith - Baltimore Ravens

5-9, 179Born: 5-12-1979College: UtahDrafted: Round 3

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Week 12: at New Orleans Saints

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Baltimore comes into this game off their bye week, so everyone should be healed of their dings and nicks - look for Joe Flacco and company to be going strong down in N'Arlins this weekend. When last we saw Flacco, he was throwing 16/27 for 169 passing yards, one TD and zero interceptions on the way to a 21-7 win over Tennessee. He leaned on Torrey Smith the most in that game (eight targets for 5/75/1 receiving), while Steve Smith Sr. squandered most of his seven chances (3/17/0 receiving). In fact, nobody other than Torrey Smith got over 40 yards receiving on a day that the running backs ground out 34/151/2 in the other phase of the game. The Saints' rep as being very tough at home has taken two significant hits over the past two weeks, as they dropped a 24-27 decision to the visiting 49ers two games ago (14/32 for 186 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions, with four sacks taken for -24 yards), followed by a 10-27 drubbing at the hands of Cincinnati (16/22 for 219 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with one sack taken for -1 yards). This is the same Cincinnati squad that two weeks ago had zero TDs and three interceptions thrown (and only 79 net yards passing out of 39 attempts). Suffice to say that the New Orleans' pass D has fallen off pace lately, especially in the passing-TDs-allowed department. Flacco and company have a neutral matchup here even though they are on the road to a deafening Mercedes-Benz Superdome for Monday Night Football. The Saints' glaring weakness at defending the run may conspire to keep the football handed off rather than thrown on Monday, though.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
8 at CIN 0 0 0 9 3 35 0 0
9 at PIT 0 0 0 8 5 36 0 0
10 vs TEN 0 0 0 7 3 17 0 0
12 at NO PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
12 at NO PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
12 at NO PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs PIT (8 / 5 / 36 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith played well but never broke free for a big play. All of his receptions were short without much chance for yardage after the catch. Smith's first target was a quick screen leading him into defenders that fell incomplete. Smith's first catch was a comeback route against Gay picking up 11. Smith did get a 1 on 1 chance to make a play on a deep end zone throw but McCain broke up the pass nicely.

2014 Week 10 vs TEN (7 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

Steve Smith looked very human against the Titans. Smith saw his first target fall short of him and dropped the second over the middle of the field. Smith caught his first pass running an out route for 11 yards. Smith then appeared to stumble as he tried to catch up to another Flacco pass leading to another incompletion. The following play the Ravens set up Smith with a screen and an army of blockers but he was unable to find any space before being dropped promptly. Smith didn't get any downfield targets or come close to making a big play.

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Schedule

12@ New Orleans Saints
13vs San Diego Chargers
14@ Miami Dolphins
15vs Jacksonville Jaguars
16@ Houston Texans
17vs Cleveland Browns