Ravens-Buccaneers halftime notes

BALTIMORE, Md.--The Ravens lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 17-3, at intermission.

Here are some notes at halftime.

  • Baltimore took control of the game on an easy read and throw by quarterback Joe Flacco to a wide open Todd Heap for a 65-yard touchdown. Tampa Bay had a blown coverage and left Heap streaking down the seam for what turned out to be the longest catch of his career. It was also Baltimore's longest play from scrimmage this season.

  • After last week's sideline altercation, it appears Flacco is making a concerted effort to get Derrick Mason the football. Mason has a team-high seven receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Flacco and Mason had a heated exchange in the win over the Carolina Panthers but both players said this week they've moved past it.

  • Baltimore safety Ed Reed appears to be getting healthy. He nearly had two interceptions in the first half on a pair of tipped balls. Reed has been all over the field and has five pass defenses already in the first two quarters.

  • A key inactive for Baltimore was starting guard Chris Chester. Backup Tony Moll filled in for Chester at right guard and hasn't had many issues in the first half.