Played Like a Raven – Ed Reed
This one was a bit of a toss up between Reed and Ray Rice, who seemed like practically the only two Ravens trying to win the game. However, I’m gonna give the nod to Reed, as he accounted for half of the Ravens’ “offensive” output on the day, despite touching the ball only once. His 45th career interception and 6th career TAINT put the Ravens up 7-0, and scared Carson Palmer to the point that he didn’t throw to Fast Eddie’s side for pretty much the rest of the afternoon. He also stripped Chad Ochocinco of the ball after a 21-yard reception that would have set the Bengals up in the Red Zone for a chance to take the lead into the half.
Unfortunately, Reed accounts for only 1/4-1/6 of the Ravens’ secondary.
Did Not Play Like a Raven – Dominique Foxworth
Dominique Foxworth, the Ravens’ big off-season free agent signing, has been a huge bust through 5 games. Foxworth was torched again Sunday, multiple times – but the one that stands out the most was the play on which he allowed Chris Henry to get behind him for a 73-yard gain on 3rd-and-3. Foxworth, as he has been wont to do all season long, was seen lagging just a step or two behind his man, in a position where he could likely make a play on the ball, were he to simply LOOK FOR IT! But no, Dominique, for some reason, prefers for wide receivers to show him where the ball is, but only once they have firmly secured it in their grasp. Making things even worse, he was also flagged for pass interference on this play. Needless to say, if you interfere with a guy, and he still manages to make the catch, then you sir, are guilty of one big, fat, flaming, epic FAIL.
Fox made sure to end up in the game book for being penalized nonetheless, as he was called for illegal contact on a play where Carson Palmer had all of about 3 seconds to look down the field. You can’t cover a guy for 3 seconds?!
The Foxworth signing was well received around B’More, as Dominique is a local guy. He is from Randallstown and went to the University of Maryland. He was a Ravens fan when the team moved here, and cheered them on as they won Super Bowl XXXV.
Dominique, if you remember back to that Championship season, the Ravens were very stout in the secondary. Now, nobody is asking you to play like a young Chris McAlister, as you are not blessed with his physical gifts. However, if you cannot elevate your play to even the level of Dwayne Freaking Starks, prepare to find yourself next to the likes of Elvis Grbac on Ozzie Newsome’s very short list of boneheaded free agent pickups.