Wallace gives Ravens deep threat they’ve been lack­ing

Flacco’s audi­ble sets up wide re­ceiver’s 66-yard touch­down in first game since off­sea­son move

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS INSIDER - By Ed­ward Lee

The Ravens’ only touch­down Sun­day against the Buf­falo Bills never might have hap­pened if not for a timely de­ci­sion by quar­ter­back Joe Flacco.

Fac­ing third-and-1 from its 34-yard line, the Ravens of­fense lined up for a run. Notic­ing that the Bills’ de­fense was in a “Cover 0” align­ment — no de­fend­ers deep in the sec­ondary — Flacco switched to a pass play.

Sixty-six yards and sev­eral sec­onds later, wide re­ceiver Mike Wallace crossed the goal line, his touch­down giv­ing the Ravens a 10-0 lead they would hold on to for a 13-7 sea­son-open­ing win at M&T Bank Sta­dium.

“It was just part of the plan,” Flacco said. “They were play­ing Cover 0. They didn’t have any safeties there. I have a hand­ful of things I can go to, but I re­ally don’t think I checked into that spe­cific thing all week. I thought they might dou­ble [wide re­ceiver] Steve [Smith Sr.], but if they did, I wanted to give [Wallace] a chance to re­ally win a matchup.”

On the play, Wallace had lined up to the right of right tackle Rick Wag­ner. When Buf­falo safety Duke Wil­liams moved over to cover him, Wallace saw an op­por­tu­nity.

“I knew there was a chance,” he said. “On that play, you have a lot of dif­fer­ent op­tions. I just got the right cov­er­age. Steve did a great job. He ran across the field, and the safety ran with him. I was one-on-one with the other safety. And if you have a safety on me, he’s dead ev­ery time.”

Bills coach Rex Ryan, a for­mer de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and de­fen­sive line coach with the Ravens, ac­cepted blame for the de­fen-

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Mike Wallace scores the Ravens’ only touch­down Sun­day, a 66-yard se­cond-quar­ter re­cep­tion that was his long­est since 2012.

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