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Cam: "I really felt good" about play-calling

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Cam: "I really felt good" about play-calling

Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on Thursday defended the Ravens' oft-criticized play-calling in last Sunday's game against the Eagles, saying, "I really felt good about the calls that we made."

In the wake of the Ravens' 24-23 loss at Philadelphia on Sunday, Cameron bore the brunt of the criticism after Joe Flacco threw incompletions on third-and-2 and fourth-and-2 on the Ravens final drive rather than give the ball to running back Ray Rice in an attempt to get a first down.

Speaking at his weekly media session on Thursday, Cameron said that had the Ravens faced "a legit third-and-one, we probably would have run the football." And although according to the official NFL play-by-play the Ravens faced third-and-1 and then fourth-and-1 in that series, video review confirms Cameron's contention that it was more like "third-and-two-and-a-half in that situation."

Cameron said that facing a third-and-2, "I like the idea of our quarterback having the ball in his hands, five potential receivers, and then youve always got the ability for him to scramble and improvise."

On third down, Flacco threw an incompletion to tight end Dennis Pitta on the left sideline. Then on fourth down, he threw an incompletion in the right flat intended for Rice.

Cameron acknowledged that Flacco had been struggling with his accuracy throughout the second half -- he finished the half 8-for-25 -- but said "it wouldn't affect the call."

"I like our chances, and as you guys have seen with Joe Flacco, with his ability to get the ball to any of those other five. And will we do that all the time? No, but in critical situations you are going to see that a lot.

Overall in the game, the Ravens ran five offensive plays on third or fourth down needing 2 or fewer yards for the first down. They threw on all five of those plays, with Flacco going 1-for-5 with an interception. The only completion, to Rice, went for minus-5 yards.

But Cameron, like Flacco the day before, stood by the belief that the flaw was in the execution, not in the play calls.

"I think we had the opportunity," Cameron said. "As Joe Flacco said, We have to execute better."

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What you need to know from the Ravens' 27-14 win over the Broncos

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What you need to know from the Ravens' 27-14 win over the Broncos

The Ravens got a 27-14 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 3.

It was an interesting game for many reasons including Broncos star rookie running back, Phillip Lindsay, getting ejected in the first half for throwing a punch.

Here's what you need to know from Sunday's win:

— Rookie linebacker Kenny Young stepped in for injured C.J. Mosley and showed he will be a starter. Young had a critical sack on Broncos quarterback Case Keenum on a third down in the second and finished the day with 10 tackles. The Ravens defense as a whole was impressive. While they gave up a lot of short third downs, they stopped their fair share as well. Most importantly was the late fourth quarter interception from Patrick Onwuasor, while the Broncos were threatening in Ravens territory. 

— The Ravens are continuing to work on the run game, as something offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg emphasized after the team was averaging just 3.3-yards-per-carry heading into Week 3. Against the Broncos, the team averaged just 2.8 yard-per-carry, but put up two rushing touchdowns from Buck Allen and Alex Collins.

— It was a strange day for the Ravens' special teams when the Broncos blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown on the first drive of the game. The day became even stranger when safety Justin Simmons, (illegally) leaped over long snapper Morgan Cox to block a field goal and the penalty went uncalled. Kicker Justin Tucker made up for it by hitting not one, but two 52-yard field goals, his eighth straight from beyond 50. 

Joe Flacco finished the day 25 of 40 for 277 yards and one touchdown, while helping improve the team to 12-12 in the red zone. The QBs most impressive play came late in the fourth on a third down hitting the gas pedal, to not only get the first down but stayed in-bounds to keep the clock running and sealing the team's victory. His connection with John Brown continues to be strong after finding the receiver for a 44-yard gain, too.

The Ravens are now 2-1 and head to Pittsburgh for a Sunday night matchup in Week 4. 

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Ravens vs. Broncos Week 3 inactives: C.J. Mosley not in action

Ravens vs. Broncos Week 3 inactives: C.J. Mosley not in action

The Ravens will have to battle with the Broncos in Week 3 without the services of linebacker C.J. Mosely, who was ruled out of action prior to the game.

Mosley exited the Ravens' Week 2 matchup vs. the Bengals in the first quarter and was later diagnosed with a bone bruise. With 10 days of rest, the three-time Pro Bowler was limited in Thursday's practice but did not practice Friday.

Also ruled out for Sunday's game is cornerback Anthony Averett (hamstring), defensive tackle Willie Henry (abdomen), tight end Hayden Hurst (foot), 

RAVENS vs. BRONCOS WEEK 3: INACTIVE LIST

RAVENS:
— CB Anthony Averett
— QB Robert Griffin III
— DT Willie Henry
— TE Hayden Hurst
— WR Jordan Lasley
— LB C.J. Mosley
— DT Michael Pierce

BRONCOS:
— QB Kevin Hogan
— LB Alexander Johnson
— CB Adam Jones
— G Sam Jones
— S Dymonte Thomas
— DE Demarcus Walker
— T Elijah Wilkinson

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