Just stealing a moment during bath duty to write down a few thoughts. Overall, a middling performance against a critically flawed team at home. Baltimore did not have a clue what they wanted to do on offense, but I give the Hawks credit for taking away their running game and forcing them into that state a bit.
Mo Morris gets the start. Shaun was introduced to the crowd, but Mo started. It did not seem to make much of a difference as the team started slow again on offense, but it’s good to see Holmgren will make the move if he thinks the team has a better chance to win.
Probably just a coincidence that Shaun had his best game in a long time, but still worth noting.
I’ll need to watch the game on tape, but it sure seemed like Womack was on the field for nearly every big run. His playing team appeared drastically increased this week. I have a really hard time believing we could go downhill from Sims or Gray at this point. I believe Sims got beat again on the early 3rd & 1 where Mo lost yardage.
Much of the running success came inside the guards. I have not seen the Hawks run there much this year. They are more of an off-tackle and stretch team. Wouldn’t it be ironic if we turn out to be a better North-South running team?
Most rushing yards in a game all year. Not only that, but this was a much more even rushing performance than our 135 against the Eagles where we got 45 yards on Mo’s one run. The Hawks have a chance to go into the playoffs more confident in their running game as they face the 27th-ranked run defense next week.
Matt made some uncharacteristically poor decisions today. We should have had more points than we ended up with.
The weather was pretty miserable. I’d bet players were wishing it was just windy like last week.
Nate Burleson has quietly almost single-handedly replaced D-Jack’s 10 TD receptions last year with 7.
Nice game for Julian Peterson today, and it’s about time. He’s been mostly absent for the last 5-7 games.
There were a few Baraka Atkins sightings today as well. I don’t know if he’s not been getting snaps or just hasn’t been noticeable, but I definitely saw him collapse the pockets a few times today.
I think we’re officially over the punting and placekicking nightmare, and not a moment too soon.
We move to 10-2 this season and 29-4 in the last three when scoring 20 or more points. We’re 9-1 when we score more than 20.
That 80 yard TD the Ravens scored sucked. I think that pretty much kills our shot at a top 10 defense this year.