Tag:Halot Ngata
Posted on: December 5, 2010 9:03 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 12:15 am
 

Steelers, Ravens come down with injuries

B. Roethlisberger took a shot to the nose on the first Pittsburgh series. Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The first series for the Ravens and Steelers offenses did not end well for either team.

On the final play for Pittsburgh, Baltimore NT Haloti Ngata sacked QB Ben Roethlisberger, but while doing so, his left hand made contact with Roethlisberger’s facemask (no penalty was called).

By time Roethlisberger made it back to his feet, blood poured from his nose, and his appendage looked more crooked than we remember it (for a look at the new schnozz, click here) .

On the next series, though, Roethlisberger – who’s also playing with a bad foot – returned to the field.

For the Ravens, the first offensive play of the game was a disaster. As TE Todd Heap ran a fly route, he sustained a hamstring injury. He immediately limped to the sidelines, and according to reports, Heap is out for the game.

Photo at right courtesy of thedutchmaster3 .


For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:01 pm
 

Ravens defense not up to snuff

Baltimore safety D. Landry, seen here getting run over by Atlanta's J. Snelling for a touchdown, was one reason Baltimore's defense underperformed Thursday (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Ravens defense, last seen allowing a last-minute, game-winning, 80-yard drive to Matt Ryan and the Falcons on Thursday night, is so damn unimpressive, the Baltimore Sun wrote two articles about it today.

Here’s the first, and here’s the second.

Some people might blame second-year defensive coordinator Greg Mattison as one reason why the Ravens have given up six fourth-quarter leads this season, but if you look at last season – Mattison’s first as the DC – Baltimore ranked third in yards allowed (300.5 yards per game) and third in scoring (16.3 points).

The Ravens, it should be noted, rank 11th and eighth, respectively, this season. Which, you know, doesn’t put them in line for worst defense ever.

As Sun columnist Mike Preston sees it, however, the problem is a lack of talent. And he might be on to something. Baltimore has LB Ray Lewis, DT Haloti Ngata, S Ed Reed and LB Terrell Suggs. And who else exactly?

The secondary, meanwhile, continues to struggle badly, and the Ravens have a tough time rushing the passer (entering Thursday’s game, they ranked tied for 22nd with only 14 sacks on the season).

Writes Preston:

So if you blitz, your cornerbacks are exposed. If you don't, then a quarterback such as Tom Brady or Peyton Manning will pick you apart given time. It's basically a no-win situation, but it's not like we all didn't know this going into training camp.

Certainly, there is a real concern here about how far the Ravens can go in the postseason facing a potential quarterback list of Brady, Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. Just like Atlanta rolled out a spread formation, so will these other teams. I suspect that once the criticism of Mattison dies down, some will be directed at general manager Ozzie Newsome.


For all this talk about how the Ravens are Super Bowl contenders, it makes it difficult to believe those proclamations if their defense continues to falter. Obviously, they’ve got wonderful receivers, a sturdy quarterback and running back dynamo. Offense isn’t the problem.

But what’s been so dominant the past decade in Baltimore is, right now, the unit that could kill its chances for a deep postseason run.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .
Posted on: October 4, 2010 5:38 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 6:03 pm
 

Hot Routes 10.4.10: box score tidbits



Posted by Andy Benoit


The Cardinals managed a paltry 124 yards of total offense against the Chargers. And 124 is also only three times the number of points Arizona gave up.

Antonio Gates was targeted seven times. He finished with seven catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Those are the type of numbers a player puts up when going up against thin air.

The Chargers defense had nine sacks.

Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday started their NFL-record 158th game together. (The previous record of 157 was held by Jim Kelly and Kent Hull.)

Donovan McNabb completed just 8/19 passes in his return to Philly. That’s his lowest completion total in a win since his NFL starting debut (which, coincidentally, came against the Redskins).

Santana Moss had zero catches and was targeted just one time.

Quintin Mikell led the Eagles with seven tackles, though none were dynamic enough to make us forget the one he missed (you know, when Ryan Torain plowed over him for a touchdown run).

Arian Foster sat out the first quarter against the Raiders for disciplinary reasons. That allowed Derrick Ward to rise from the dead and finish the day with 12 carries for 80 yards. (Interesting that Steve Slaton wouldn’t get more carries in this instance.) Foster still got his, too. He gained 131 yards on 16 carries, including a sensational 74-yard touchdown.

T. Mays celebrates his TD after he blocked an Atlanta punt (AP). Raiders tight end Zach Miller caught 11 passes for 122 yards and a score. On the other side, Texans backup tight end Joel Dreessen led the team with five catches for 73 yards and a score. (Perhaps the bigger news is that Owen Daniels, in a contract year and coming off a serious knee injury, seems to be assuming a backseat role).

Haloti Ngata had 11 tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss and two quarterback hits against the Steelers. And yes, in just watching the down-to-down action, Ngata was indeed THAT dominant.

The Saints ran 79 plays Sunday. The Panthers ran 47. The Saints had 27 first downs. The Panthers had 10. (The game was close because the Saints were just 1/5 in the red zone and lost two fumbles.)

Panthers linebacker James Anderson had 16 tackles and a sack.

Saints safety Usama Young played well filling in for an injured Roman Harper. Young led the team with six tackles and recorded a sack and a tackle for a loss.

Seahawks running back Justin Forsett looked much better against the Rams than his 19-carry, 65-yards stat line suggests. Forsett showed great initial quickness and lateral agility between the tackles. Credit the Rams linebackers and defensive backs for keeping him in check.

Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons had two sacks for the second straight week.

Kyle Orton threw for 341 yards against the Titans. He also attempted 50 passes for the third time this season (the Broncos are 1-2 when he does).

Brandon Lloyd and Eddie Royal both went over 100 receiving yards. It was Lloyd’s third 100-yard game of the season. Denver also had two 100-yard receivers against the Colts (Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney).

Chris Johnson’s longest run against the Broncos went for just eight yards. His backup, Javon Ringer, ripped off a 54-yarder. (To be fair, Ringer was ultimately chased down on that run; Johnson would have taken it to the house.)

Dave Ball had 2.5 of Tennessee’s six sacks of Kyle Orton.

The Lions ran 78 total plays; the Packers ran 40. A week after setting a franchise record with penalties 18 penalties for 152 yards, Green Bay benefitted from 13 Detroit penalties totaling 102 yards.

Charles Woodson recorded his 10th interception return for a touchdown, third most in NFL history. (Rod Woodson holds the record with 12; Sharper is next with 11. Deion Sanders had 9.)

Jordy Nelson lost two fumbles for the Packers. (And the lost fumbles never turned up…we think someone from the Lions may have found them.)

Brandon Pettigrew had a career day, catching eight passes for 91 yards. He’s another guy who has successfully bounced back from a late ’09 ACL injury.

Taylor Mays did not just have a spectacular blocked punt touchdown for the 49ers, he also led the team with 11 tackles. Looks like Michael Lewis won’t be getting his starting job back any time soon.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .



 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com