Baltimore Ravens receiver Steve Smith Sr. said the NFC South "is a finesse division" after the team's 29-7 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Smith, 35, is in his first season with the Ravens following 13 years with the Carolina Panthers.
Smith, 35, is in his first season with the Ravens following 13 years with the Carolina Panthers. The Ravens are 3-0 against the NFC South so far this season, including wins over the Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“[The] NFC South is a finesse division. The AFC North is a physical, downhill, blue-collar football [division],” via the team's website.
It is not the first time Smith has taken a shot at the division. After the Ravens' 38-10 win over the Panthers last month, Smith said he "ran around them boys like they was schoolyard children" en route to 139 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Smith is already near his season totals from last year. He had 745 receiving yards, 64 catches and four touchdowns in his last season with Carolina and has 640 yards, 38 catches and four touchdowns for Baltimore.
The Ravens are fifth in the NFL in total yards this season after finishing 29th last season.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco set an NFL record by throwing five touchdowns in the first 16 minutes and three seconds of the team's 48-17 win over the Bucs in Week 6.
Baltimore is 5-2 and in first place in the AFC North. It plays the Cincinnati Bengals on the road in Week 8.
- Paul Palladino