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Studs and Duds From the Ravens’ Week 6 Win

October 14, 2018 - 10:06 pm
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By Joe Schiller

Studs

Michael Crabtree

Talk about redemption. After dropping multiple passes and the potential game-winning touchdown in an overtime loss to the Browns last week, Michael Crabtree bounced back in the best way possible. He caught six passes for 93 yards, including a four-yard touchdown pass on the team’s first drive.

Crabtree’s hands came into question last week and rightfully so, but the veteran receiver turned things around. The Ravens made an emphasis to get him the ball early and it paid off. He made contested catches and proved to be a reliable target for Joe Flacco. That's a huge confidence boost for both parties moving forward. 

 

Alex Collins

Collins may have just rushed for 59 yards but looked the best he has all season. He found the end zone twice and ran like the back who rushed for close to 1,000 yards last season.

The game script and defensive dominance gave the Ravens’ offense an easy day but the quality of the running game finally seemed to match the quantity. Hopefully, this is a glimpse of what’s to come for Collins moving forward.

 

Cyrus Jones

The Ravens needed a punt returner that could secure the football and avoid fumbles. Jones did just that in his debut for the team. That may not seem like much but at one of the toughest positions in all of football, field position means everything and Jones was impressive.

Jones’ 26-yard return before halftime gave the offense ample field position and a performance like this may have just secured him a starting role. 

 

Za’Darius Smith

The entire defense deserves recognition for a shutout performance but Smith was a standout, finishing with a team-high five tackles and three sacks. The Ravens recorded a franchise-record 11 sacks in total and Smith is playing his best football in a contract year.

Whether it’s Baltimore or somewhere else, Smith is setting himself up for a hefty payday if he can continue this production.

 

Bonus Stud: Offensive Line

While Marcus Mariota struggled to stay upright throughout four quarters, the Titans failed to record a sack on Joe Flacco. The line was extremely impressive despite losing Alex Lewis in the fourth quarter.


Duds

Buck Allen

There wasn’t much to complain about in a dominating win but Allen was virtually non-existent on Sunday. He caught three passes for 18 yards and had just one rush for one yard during the game.

It seems the Ravens are confident in Collins despite ball security issues and Gus Edwards could be an intriguing option. Allen should remain the primary pass-catching back but his carries could see a significant drop.