While this week's pick for "Ravens Stud of the Week" may seem controversial to some, we feel that there's a clear choice in our safety, who looked a lot like Ed Reed out there yesterday. Despite his self-proclaimed "bonehead move," the former New York Jet consistently made game-changing plays.
Week Nine Stud:
Nine combined tackles and two interceptions, which he returned for a total of 46 yards.
In the second quarter, Ihedigbo got his first career interception by picking off Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and returning the interception for 37 yards. Two plays later, the Ravens scored a touchdown.
We have to commend Ihedigbo for not giving up after he nearly lost the game for us at the end of the fourth quarter. The Bengals had one desperate move left when they were down 17-10. Dalton heaved the ball toward the end zone, and it was deflected once (off the shoulder of Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones) and then twice (when Ihedigbo attempted to bat the ball down). Unfortunately, our safety ended up popping the ball up, leaving ample opportunity for Pro Bowler A.J. Green to retrieve the ball, score a touchdown, and send the game into OT.
At that point, Ihedigbo could have felt completely defeated and given up—especially after getting an earful from cornerback Jimmy Smith on the sideline. But instead, he and the Ravens defense totally stepped up. In overtime, the Bengals went for it on fourth-and-2 (thank you coach Marvin Lewis!), trying a shot pass to running back Giovani Bernard, who caught the ball and ran into Ravens defenders. Ihedigbo remembered the play from earlier in the game and got in front of Bernard, allowing his teammates to tackle him for an 11-yard loss, putting the Ravens in excellent field position. Justin Tucker ended up scoring the winning field goal.
In addition, now that we've established that he had the stats to back up his studliness, we also commend Ihedigbo for this adorable move. After catching his second interception, he threw it to his mom and posted this photo on Instagram.
Kudos to Ihedigbo for not only being a great son, but also making up for his mistake. He didn't give up, just like us fans haven't lost faith in the Ravens—now tied for second in the division.