One of the most striking things about the first half of the Ravens-Eagles game Sunday was the gaping holes the Ravens were finding for their running game particularly up the middle.
In the first half, anyway.
Ray Rice had seven carries for 78 yards in the first half, ripping off a few runs where he was barely touched before he made it into the secondary. The Ravens offensive line was pushing the Eagles this way and that, best exemplified by guard Marshal Yanda on Vonta Leachs 5-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
As television replays showed, the scrum after the score one of many chippy encounters between the teams throughout the game was initiated because Eagles tackle Cullen Jenkins didnt like the way Yanda kept driving him from the 5 all the way to the back of the end zone.
The second half was a different story.
After receiving the ball to begin the third quarter, the Ravens went with five straight passing plays before turning it over on an interception. Then, after the Eagles cashed in on that turnover with a touchdown, the Ravens went with only passing plays again on a three-and-out.
Eventually, the Ravens went back to trying to run, but the holes from the first half had disappeared. In the second half, Rice got nine carries for 21 yards.
Of course, a lot of the offense from the first half wasnt there in the second, hence Joe Flaccos 8-for-25 passing in the third and fourth quarters. It would seem somebody made a few adjustments in the locker room.