Flacco spreads the wealth

Flacco spreads the wealth
November 13, 2012, 3:30 am
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Coach John Harbaugh wanted to see more out of his receivers, who have been hot and cold all season.

In Sunday’s 55-20 win vs. the Oakland Raiders, there was a never-ending carousel of receivers making plays for the Ravens.

Torrey Smith had a 47-yard touchdown catch on the third play of the third quarter to give the Ravens a 34-10 lead.

After Brendaon Ayanbadejo recovered a fumble on a punt return, Smith hauled in a 20-yard catch for a touchdown on the drive’s only play.

The Raiders tried to take away Smith and Anquan Boldin, which opened up tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson underneath in the zone coverages.

Pitta hadn’t been a factor since Week 3, but he caught all five targets from quarterback Joe Flacco for 67 yards. His 5-yard catch in the second quarter sped up Oakland's downfall as the lead grew to 17-3.

Dickson had two catches for 59 yards. His 19-yarder was the precursor to Pitta's score.

Jacoby Jones' 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was complemented by his two catches for 54 yards. He had one for 47 yards, which came on the same drive as Pitta's first touchdown in six games.

“It's good to see it get spread around like that," Harbaugh said. "Their plan was to take away Torrey and Anquan. Anquan still got some balls, especially early. He made a huge play for us coming off the goal line to get the first down. Torrey had the big plays. When they’re going to take away two of your top guys, for Joe to find those guys, that’s big for us."

The Ravens' first touchdown was set up by Dickson's 40-yard grab that put the ball on Oakland's 4. Two plays later, Flacco scored on a 1-yard sneak.

Tandon Doss had a 26-yard catch in the third quarter put Baltimore in the red zone. Punter/holder Sam Koch would score on a fake field goal.

In all, the Ravens had seven pass catchers with 26-67 yards. In the first two games of the season, Flacco targeted Pitta 23 times.

"There could be other games where the ball goes to one of those guys 10, 12, 14 times – that could be just as productive for us," Harbaugh said. "I don’t know if one is
better than the other, but I know that everyone has a lot more fun when they’re involved, so that’s a plus."