2015 DRAFT GUIDE
5 things to know from Ravens win over Dolphins

By STEVEN WINE - AP Sports Writer
    2013-10-07 02:56

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Joe Flacco walked slowly through the end zone toward his bench, seething as he stared at the scoreboard in disbelief while the other team celebrated a tying touchdown.

The Baltimore Ravens had given up two scores in 95 seconds, and their 10-point lead was gone.

``Frustrating,'' Flacco said. ``You come off to the sideline, you get mad for a couple of seconds and then you regroup, because you're getting the ball right back.''

Flacco and the Ravens shook off the setback Sunday, surviving Miami's interception return for a touchdown in a frantic fourth quarter to beat the Dolphins 26-23.

Flacco directed a drive to set up Justin Tucker's 44-yard field goal for the lead with 1:42 left, and Miami rookie Caleb Sturgis missed a 57-yard kick with 33 seconds to go.

The Ravens (3-2) sacked Ryan Tannehill six times, rediscovered their ground game, bounced back from a loss last week at Buffalo and won on the road for the first time this season. The Dolphins (3-2) lost their second game in a row, with pass protection again the primary culprit.

Here are five things we learned in Baltimore's defeat of Miami:

STAYING POWER: The Ravens were stronger at the finish, despite 87-degree weather that should have favored the home team.

``I'm proud to come down here in this heat and win a game,'' coach John Harbaugh said. ``I think it speaks to our level of conditioning. I think it speaks to our heart.''

The Dolphins trailed 23-13 with 10 minutes left but tied the game with two quick scores, the second coming on Reshad Jones' 25-yard interception return for a touchdown. Flacco was throwing from the goal line when his right arm and the ball were hit by Dion Jordan, and the pass fluttered to Jones, who ran untouched for the score.

``Joe never gets fazed,'' Harbaugh said. ``He's not going to get rattled.''

Flacco moved Baltimore 34 yards for the winning score.

Supporters from up north may have helped to keep the visitors going. Some 10,000 Ravens fans were among the crowd of 68,342.

``It seemed like half the stadium,'' Harbaugh said. ``They were loud the whole game.''

BAD BLOCKING: With 24 sacks, Tannehill's on pace to break the NFL record of 76. He has been sacked at least four times in every game, and was dropped four times by the Ravens in the fourth quarter alone.

Terrell Suggs had three sacks, all in the final period, giving him seven this season. But the biggest sack was by Elvis Dumervil, who tackled Tannehill for a 5-yard loss at the Baltimore 39 in the final minute.

``We had good coverage, and I was able to make the play,'' Dumervil said.

That sack pushed Miami to the edge of field-goal range, and two plays later Sturgis was wide left.

Tannehill's on pace to break the franchise record for sacks by the ninth game. A bye this week gives the Dolphins additional time to address their problems with pass protection.

``It's hard to function offensively when you're going backward,'' coach Joe Philbin said. ``We're going to fix the problems we have. We're not going to sweep them under the rug.''

The lack of a ground game isn't helping to keep defenses honest. Miami managed just 22 yards rushing in 11 carries and is averaging less than 70 yards per game.

UP AND RUNNING: The Ravens ran for a season-high 133 yards, including a season-best 74 for Ray Rice. Bernard Pierce had a 28-yard run, Baltimore's longest this season.

Thanks to the revived ground attack, the Ravens enjoyed a 12-minute advantage in time of possession.

``We all did a good job staying with the run game,'' Harbaugh said. ``Our backs were solid running the ball north and south against a very good defense. And our offensive line kind of wore them down toward the end.''

KICKING COMPARISON: Tucker was 4 for 4 on field-goal tries, including a 50-yarder. Sturgis, a rookie, made his first three kicks of the game to improve to 10 for 10 this season.

Then came his last-minute misfire, which was close enough that the Dolphins mascot signaled the kick good while watching in the end zone.

``Bad time to miss,'' Sturgis said. ``I wanted to make sure I got it there. Unfortunately I hooked it pretty good.''

SHUTTING DOWN WALLACE: Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace had seven catches for 105 yards, including a season-best 49-yard reception. But the Ravens allowed him only one catch for 6 yards after halftime.

``They came out in the second half and did a good job of adjusting,'' Wallace said, ``and we didn't.''

Wallace dropped at least two passes, and the Ravens kept him out of the end zone. Miami's $60 million receiver has only one score this year, and he's averaging only 12.8 yards per catch, well below his career average of 16.8.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

---

Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve-Wine

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Richard RodgersJul 1 05:03p

Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers could see more playing time in 2015, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Rodgers played 528 snaps, while fellow TE Andrew Quarless played [ More ]

Rob HouslerJun 30 03:13p

Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge, Rob Housler and Jim Dray could all end up taking over for TE Jordan Cameron, who is now with the Miami Dolphins. Head coach [ More ]

Sam BradfordJun 29 05:22p

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford (knee) is expected to be in the final phase of his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament once training camp begins. Bradford's second [ More ]

Charles JohnsonJun 29 02:02p

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson appears to have everything it takes to produce in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. 'He's got great work ethic, and [ More ]

C.J. SpillerJun 28 09:02p

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller has a perfect skill-set for head coach Sean Payton's system, which relies on getting the ball to players in space, according Chris Wesseling [ More ]

Tony MoeakiJun 25 07:12p

Atlanta Falcons TE Tony Moeaki will compete with TE Jacob Tamme for the Falcons' starting tight end job during training camp. QB Matt Ryan praised both tight ends for [ More ]

Kelvin BenjaminJun 25 03:52p

Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin's reported weight gain this offseason is being overblown, according to general manager Dave Gettleman. Gettleman expects Benjamin to be ready to go for training [ More ]

Antoine CasonJun 25 03:03a

Free-agent CB Antoine Cason (foot) will miss the 2015 season due to surgery he underwent on Tuesday, June 23. Cason (Ravens) did not specify what type of surgery he [ More ]

Marvin JonesJun 24 09:13p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones (ankle, foot) did not play in 2014 due to multiple foot and ankle issues, but he is healthy and was impressive in organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.

Keith WenningJun 24 02:43p

Free-agent QB Keith Wenning (Ravens) signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, June 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Pierre GarconJun 24 02:23p

Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon could be featured more often in the passing game this season based on the offseason workouts. Garcon often lined up to the right of [ More ]

Martavis BryantJun 24 01:43p

Pittsburgh Steelers WRs Markus Wheaton and Martavis Bryant are expected to compete for the No. 2 wide receiver job during training camp. Both players performed well during offseason workouts.

Peyton ManningJun 24 11:53a

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning was the subject of preliminary trade discussions with the Houston Texans, according to a source. The talks occurred before Manning restructured his deal and [ More ]

Rueben RandleJun 24 10:53a

New York Giants WR Rueben Randle was the best receiver on the field by a wide margin during spring practices, in the opinion of beat writer Jordan Ranaan. Randle [ More ]

Chris IvoryJun 24 10:43a

New York Jets RB Chris Ivory is listed as the starting running back entering training camp, according to beat writer Rich Cimini's unofficial depth chart. RB Bilal Powell is [ More ]

Devonta FreemanJun 23 10:22a

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman enters training camp ahead of RB Tevin Coleman on the depth chart.

Joseph RandleJun 23 10:02a

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle appears to be the clear leader at running back, and it's his job to lose in training camp.

Ahmad BradshawJun 22 11:32p

Free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Colts) has been suspended one game for violation of the league's substance abuse policy. If he signs with a team he must sit out for the first week.

Terrelle PryorJun 22 04:33p

Cincinnati Bengals WR Terrelle Pryor was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns Monday, June 22, according to a source.

Fred DavisJun 19 06:02p

New England Patriots TE Fred Davis was released Friday, June 19.

Dennis PittaJun 19 02:22p

Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) was not medically cleared to practice in minicamp as he continues to recover from his second dislocated and fractured hip in as many [ More ]

Isaiah CrowellJun 19 01:22p

Cleveland Browns RB Isaiah Crowell could be the workhorse back if his ball security improves, according to offensive coordinator John DeFilippo.

Devonta FreemanJun 19 01:12p

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman will be used in a lot of different ways, including as a receiver, according to head coach Dan Quinn. 'I knew Devonta had terrific [ More ]

Chris OgbonnayaJun 19 11:32a

Free-agent RB Chris Ogbonnaya (Giants) announced his retirement Friday, June 19.

John MoffittJun 18 11:02p

Free-agent OG John Moffitt unretired Wednesday, June 17, and cleared waivers Thursday, June 18. He is free to sign with a team of his choosing. The Philadelphia Eagles, Miami [ More ]

Terrelle PryorJun 18 09:32p

Free-agent QB Terrelle Pryor is going to give it a shot at playing wide receiver in the NFL. Some teams have already expressed an interest.

Allen RobinsonJun 18 09:22p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Robinson was described as 'unbelievable' by QB Blake Bortles Thursday, June 18. 'He's definitely a threat now in the red zone. ... He's physical. He [ More ]

Terrelle PryorJun 18 05:32p

Cincinnati Bengals QB Terrelle Pryor was waived Thursday, June 18.

Taylor ThompsonJun 18 05:32p

Tennesse Titans TE Taylor Thompson was waived Thursday, June 18.

Matthew MulliganJun 18 04:32p

Free-agent TE Matthew Mulligan (Titans) signed an undisclosed contract with the Buffalo Bills Thursday, June 18.

Carlton MitchellJun 18 04:22p

Free-agent WR Carlton Mitchell (Buccaneers) signed an undisclosed contract with the Atlanta Falcons Thursday, June 18. WR Shane Wynn was waived.

Daniel ThomasJun 18 04:12p

Free-agent RB Daniel Thomas (Dolphins) signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears Thursday, June 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group