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Week 13 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 26, Atlanta Falcons 16


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Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson and the run game once again led the Ravens to victory. Jackson made a number of nice throws downfield but also had a pair of ugly misses targeting John Brown. Jackson had 17 rushing attempts and absorbed a couple of hits on his 13 yard touchdown run but otherwise did well to avoid unnecessary punishment. Michael Crabtree and Mark Andrews have shown to have good rapport with Jackson and Jackson looks to them as he extends plays. Andrews had shown excellent speed to gain separation and the ability to pick up yards after the catch. Expect John Brown to get going in the coming weeks. The Ravens backfield has turned into a 3 headed monster with the return of Kenneth Dixon. Gus Edwards will continue to handle the majority of the early down work with Ty Montgomery as the receiving specialist, and Dixon doing a combination of both.

Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta dealt with a pressure, penetrating run defenders, and its own receiver’s mistakes during the first half, limiting the offense to three points. However, Grady Jarrett strip-sacked Lamar Jackson early in the second quarter and Vic Beasley returned the fumble 74 yards to earn a 3-point lead. However, the Ravens’ defense was too much for Atlanta. In addition to a route that he ran too shallow to set up a fourth-down, Calvin Ridley dropped an accurate third-down corner route later in the second quarter thanks to a Marlon Humphrey hit that jarred the ball loose and forced Atlanta’s second punt of the half. The Ravens limited Atlanta to less than 100 yards of offense for the first three quarters of the game and sacked Ryan for the third time, stripping the ball on a first-down blitz for a touchdown return by cornerback Tavon Young. This upped the Ravens’ lead to 16 and while Ryan drove Atlanta to close to 10 with a fade-away touchdown pass to Austin Hooper, the Ravens ran out the clock with its run game.

Baltimore Ravens

QB Lamar Jackson, 66 offensive snaps, Pass: 12 - 21 - 125 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 17 - 75 - 1
Lamar Jackson played well against the Falcons. Jackson fumbled 3 times against the Falcons and has 5 fumbles in his first 3 starts. A number of those have come on read option exchanges with Gus Edwards. Jackson led the Ravens offense down the field for a touchdown on their opening possession. Jackson connected with Mark Andrews and Michael Crabtree each for 18 yards. Jackson then kept the ball on an option play and scored a 13 yard rushing touchdown. Jackson had a pair of ugly off target throws on consecutive plays targeting John Brown when he was wide open. The first was on third down and resulted in a three and out. The second was a potential 49 yard touchdown. Neither pass was close to catchable. A few plays later Jackson had poor ball security when moving in the pocket and was stripped and the fumble was returned for a touchdown. Jackson made his best throw of the game to set up a field goal before halftime. Jackson threw a laser threw a tiny window to Crabtree over the middle for 10 yards. Jackson led the Ravens down the field for a field goal on the Ravens opening possession of the second half. Jackson completed a 21 yard pass to Mark Andrews. Jackson made it look like he was going to run the ball but kept his eyes downfield and found Andrews. Jackson was kicked in the face following a 10 yard run but his teammate who was up ended on the play. As a result Jackson underwent extensive concussion testing and missed the Ravens ensuing possession. Jackson returned and led the Ravens down the field for a field goal to give the Ravens a two score lead. Jackson had his best run of the game for 18 yards showing great patience and spatial awareness at the second level. Jackson also had an impressive 7 yard run on 3rd and 8 making a defender miss in tight quarters along the sideline.

RB Gus Edwards, 41 offensive snaps, Rush: 21 - 82 - 0
Gus Edwards now finds himself as part of a 3 headed committee with the return of Kenneth Dixon and the emergence of Ty Montgomery. Edwards is rarely targeted a a receiver but expect him to continue to dominate the early down work. Edwards is not flashy but he is very physical, reliable, and consistent. Edwards is almost never dropped for a loss and gets stronger as the game progresses. Against the Falcons Edwards consistently picked up gains of 4 and 5 yards on early downs to keep the offense on track. Edwards was also excellent in short yardage situations showing good vision to find a hole with a cutback. On the Ravens first offensive play Edwards found 9 yards up the middle running behind Marshal Yanda who pancaked his man.

RB Kenneth Dixon, 17 offensive snaps, Rush: 8 - 37 - 0, Rec: 1 - 6 - 0 (1 targets)
Kenneth Dixon returned to the line up in a complimentary role and looked great. Dixon ran very hard and looked healthy for the first time his season. Dixon looked explosive and strong. Dixon made a catch underneath on a check down from Jackson for 6 yards. Dixon showed impressive leg drive and physicality running inside. Dixon made a man miss on the edge with a nice juke to gain 13.

RB Ty Montgomery, 27 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 13 - 0, Rec: 5 - 42 - 0 (7 targets)
Ty Montgomery has taken over the pass catching duties in the Ravens backfield. Montgomery lined up at wide receiver on a number of plays and was used on option plays with Lamar Jackson. Montgomery made his first catch on a delayed screen pass but found only 2 yards. Montgomery made a catch running a crossing pattern after lining up at wide receiver for 6 yards. On 3rd and 1 Montgomery caught a check down from Jackson for a 10 yard gain. Montgomery picked up 14 yards on a screen pass showing good patience waiting for his blockers before exploding. Montgomery made an 8 yard catch on 3rd and 7 running the same crossing pattern as he did earlier.

WR Michael Crabtree, 35 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 36 - 0 (4 targets)
Michael Crabtree showed excellent chemistry with Lamar Jackson and made some nice catches. Crabtree worked back to Jackson as he scrambled and made an 18 yard catch over the middle. Crabtree dropped a slant on 3rd and 7 but he likely would have been stopped short on the play. Crabtree drew a 13 yard pass interference penalty on Robert Alford. Crabtree made an impressive 10 yard catch running a slant with a defender all over him. Crabtree made a nice 8 yard catch along the sideline running an out route.

WR Willie Snead, 66 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 8 - 0 (3 targets)
Willie Snead dropped his first target that would have kept a drive alive for the Ravens. Snead made his first catch running a curl for a gain of 8.

TE Mark Andrews, 32 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 47 - 0 (3 targets)
Mark Andrews played his best game of the season against the Falcons. Andrews made his first catch running a shallow crossing route and hurdled a defender for 8 yards. A few plays later Andrews came uncovered over the middle of the field and picked up 18 yards running a deep slant. Andrews ran a deep crossing route and showed off nice hands making a 21 yard catch along the sideline. Andrews drew a 19 yard pass interference penalty on what could have been a 28 yard touchdown running an out and up from the slot.


Atlanta Falcons

QB Matt Ryan, 53 offensive snaps, Pass: 16 - 26 - 131 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 4 - 0
Sharp to begin the game with short passes in the flats and over the middle, Ryan and the Falcons stalled out inside the Ravens’ 35 during the opening drive when Ryan overshot Tevin Coleman on a wheel route and threw the ball behind Calvin Ridley two plays later on third-down. The Ravens also out-strategized Ryan pre-snap when Eric Weddle disguised a blitz, baiting Ryan into an audible into a more advantageous play for the Baltimore defense. Ryan had to call a time out when he saw he was baited. This led to a Matt Bryant field goal. He began the second series with a wounded duck that forced Julio Jones into a jump-ball situation on a deep play-action pass that was way short and Eric Weddle knocked from Jones’ grip. Two plays later, Terrell Suggs cleaned up with a sack after pressure up the middle on third-down forced Ryan to the right flat. This led to a punt to end the second series with a three-and-out. In the third series, Ryan made an off-balanced throw on third and five to Austin Hooper on a crossing route into an open flat for 16 to extend the drive—this wouldn’t be the last of its kind of the day. Ryan dealt with errors from his receivers in Atlanta’s third series. Jones dropped a five-yard stick route to begin the drive and Calvin Ridley ran a comeback a yard too short and put Atlanta in a fourth and one. Atlanta went for it and got stuffed to end the series. The Ravens confused Ryan again with pre-snap secondary shifts and got pressure on him off the left side, hitting him in the leg as he was throwing and the ball came out high to his intended receiver to force a third-and-eight during the fourth series for the offense. Consistent pressure forced Ryan into difficult throws with hit-or-miss accuracy and cornerback Marlon Humphrey delivered multiple hard hits to pry targets loose from receivers. Ryan took his third sack on a first-down blitz in the middle of the fourth quarter and Tavon Young returned the sack fumble for a touchdown to increase the lead to 26-10. Ryan threw a touchdown to Austin Hooper to the goal line on a fade away throw late in the fourth quarter with pressure bearing down.

RB Ito Smith, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 7 - 22 - 0, Rec: 1 - 0 - 0 (1 targets)
He earned 11 on the third play of the game from an I-formation split zone run up the middle. Smith earned two on the opening play of the third drive after running through a wrap four yards in the backfield by Terrell Suggs and staggering to the left edge. He broke another tackle on a toss right on the next play to earn three. The Ravens reached the backfield on both runs and disrupted Smith. Nice cut back to the middle by Smith for a first down in the middle of the second quarter.

RB Tevin Coleman, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 8 - 0, Rec: 1 - 3 - 0 (3 targets)
He earned two yards on a quick shotgun run up left guard after an eight-yard completion on a slant versus a blitz on the play before to open the game. C.J. Mosely stuffed Coleman on a toss right for a loss of two near midfield after a series of successful plays to open the game, setting up a third and three. Coleman earned a first down on second and three on a run to right end a few plays later. Ryan overshot a wide-open Tevin Coleman on a wheel route up the left sideline inside the Baltimore five. Michael Pierce stuffed Coleman up the middle on a fourth and one to end the third series. Coleman and the left side of his line generated a small push for two yards to begin Atlanta’s fourth series. Baltimore’s defense opened the second half with a stuff of Coleman for a two-yard loss. Coleman fumbled after catching a short pass at the end of the third quarter but recovered it.

WR Mohamed Sanu, 44 offensive snaps, Pass: 0 - 1 - 0 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rec: 3 - 37 - 0 (4 targets)
He earned 11 yards with his first catch midway through the third quarter on a crossing route against zone on 2nd and 12. On the next play, he was the Wildcat quarterback and attempted a deep seam route to Jones but overthrew the pass and led to a third punt for the day. Sanu worked up the middle on a short catch after Baltimore’s sack-fumble-touchdown return in the middle of the fourth quarter. He was seldom a factor in the offense today.

WR Calvin Ridley, 34 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 22 - 0 (5 targets)
Ryan threw behind Ridley on a slant and bounced off the receiver’s outstretched hands on third and nine, stalling the opening drive and leading to a Matt Bryant field goal of 44 yards. Ridley didn’t run a deep enough route on 3rd and 10 against off coverage and broke back a step too early and forced a 4th and 1 that the Ravens stuffed to end Atlanta’s third series. Ridley dropped a corner route on third and five of the same drive when Humphrey knocked the pass loose as well, forcing Atlanta’s second punt. Ridley caught a dig route on third down to begin the third quarter but couldn’t weave through the defense to get the first down, forcing another punt. He scored on the rebound of an inaccurate pass to Mohamed Sanu that was tipped by three defender players while Ryan was hit throwing the ball, but the right tackle nullified the play with a hold.

WR Julio Jones, 41 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (8 targets)
He earned a quick nine yards on a play-action crossing route to midfield early in the game. Jones made a great catch against tight coverage for about eight yards against Jimmy Smith on a well-anticipated pass on third and three. Atlanta began the second series with a wounded duck that forced Julio Jones into a jump-ball situation on a deep play-action pass that was way short and Eric Weddle knocked from Jones’ grip. Jones dropped a stick route that bounced off his hands near his waist – a concentration drop where he turned his head up field before securing the ball. Marlon Humphrey defended Julio by stacking the receiver and forced Julio into a difficult attack of the ball to force a 3rd and 10. Ryan found Jones on an out but Marlon Humphrey knocked the ball loose with a hard hit but the officials called a helmet-to-helmet hit on Humphrey when it was Jones who lowered his head into the contact and it gave Atlanta new life. Jones dropped a deep over route between defenders where Ryan threaded the needle but a holding call on the tackle would have nullified a catch.

WR Russell Gage, 1 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (1 targets)
He earned a short crease in the right flat for seven yards to get inside the 35 on the first Atlanta drive.

TE Austin Hooper, 38 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 44 - 1 (5 targets)
Atlanta opened with a slant to Hooper for eight yards against a blitz. Ryan made an off-balanced throw to Hooper on a crossing route on third and five for 16 yards. Hooper turned it up the right hash for another 10 on the play at the end of the first quarter. Hooper earned 18 yards on 1st and 20 in the second quarter on an over route that was wide open. Ryan threw a touchdown to Austin Hooper to the goal line on a fade away throw late in the fourth quarter with pressure bearing down.