Safe to say that the first quarter of their game against the Denver Broncos didn't go do well for the Baltimore Ravens. Denver put up five first downs to Baltimore's zero, amassed 94 yards to the Ravens' 21, and had a serious edge in yards per play (4.3 to 1.9). The Ravens' offense, now headed up by former quarterbacks coach and new offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell after Cam Cameron was fired last week, had a trio of three-and-outs, and a fourth drive that ended in a fumble. Not good. The final score of 34-17 in a decisive Broncos win was even worse for the Ravens.
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But the most embarrassing first-quarter play for the Ravens came when they were on defense, and it was future Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed who was the man under the microscope. With 1:22 left in the opening quarter, Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno took the ball from Peyton Manning from the Denver 22-yard line ... and jumped OVER Reed, who was standing straight up, trying to deal with Moreno, at the time. Moreno got a 20-yard gain for his trouble, and Reed got a future of getting clowned by his teammates when film study happens at the Ravens' facility next week.
"I was not expecting him to jump, honestly," Reed said of the Moreno play after the game. "I couldn't react because I was dealing with a lot of sickness early in the game. I just wasn't all the way into it, honestly. I was dealing with flu symptoms and everything. I just kind of watched him jump over me. I wasn't expecting that at all. I thought he was ready to put his head down. I saw him gathering himself, so I was like, 'There's no way he's going to jump.'"
Right now, the entire Ravens team probably feels like it's undergoing one big flu-like symptom.
We wonder if NFL VP of football operations Ray Anderson, who has liked to suspend Reed even when there doesn't seem to be much merit to it, will try to do so again after that play. After all, Anderson could argue, Reed should have caught Moreno and brought him gently to the ground to avoid any sort of odd landing that could have led to an injury. Player safety above all!
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