This game (much like the previous weeks game of Ravens vs. Steelers) was dominated defensively by the Ravens in the early going. They forced two interceptions and got a fair amount of pressure on Kerry Collins holding the Titans to under 100 yds. of total offense in the first half. Flacco wasn't outstanding in the first half but still found most of his reads and got other receivers involved (ie. Williams, Heap, and Clayton)besides Derrick Mason. The defense was equally as stingy for the Titans who only allowed 3 points to the Ravens in the first half. The Titans running game got out nicely on their first drive of the game but the Ravens defense shut the down for the rest of the game preserving their streak of consecutive games without allowing a 100 yd rusher that dates back to last season. The Ravens came out swinging in the second half orchestrating a 71 yard drive to take a 7 point lead. This lead was held until 4 minutes left in the game. As the Titans moved down the field they were faced with a 3rd and 15. Collins pass was thrown incomplete but it was negated because Terrell Suggs was hit with what was said to be a helmet shot on Collins. This was critical as it turn a 4th and 15 into a 1st and 10 and allowed the Titans to continue what would be the game winning drive.
The Ravens defense was solid, as they have been all season. Joe Flacco had his moments, sometimes throwing into coverage against one of the best secondaries in the league. He finished with 153 yards and 2 INT. On the season he has only 2 TD (1 pass, 1 run) and 6 TO(4 int, 2 fumbles). You cant put all the blame on Flacco as he is constantly being bombarded by defensive lines as well as being a Rookie. McClain and Mcgahee had nearly half of the Ravens total offense this week. We also had a Todd Heap siting! Its being reported (not confirmed) that he actually had 4 rec. for 41 yds. Todd Heap is so key in the offense and its good to see flashes of old from him.
This week Baltimore (2-2) heads to Indianapolis(2-2)(no pun intended). The Colts come into this game looking down right disgusting. They have won both of their games by a total of 7 points. They have faced the Bears and Vikings defenses so far this year and have been shut down by both. It's not to much of a stretch to assume the best defense in the league will do the same. Peyton Manning looks like Eli in his Rookie year and the best WR for the Colts thus far is Anthony Gonzalez! Marvin Harrison has been a no show and with defenses focusing on Reggie Wayne its easy to see why his numbers aren't where he would like them. The Colts are also with out there defensive play maker in Bob Sanders which should allow Ravens running backs ample chances for big plays. McClain and McGahee have been a tough duo for good defenses to contain let alone the Colts. The fact that Adam Terry may be out of the O-line for this one may be a blessing in disguise for Ravens fans. Terry has constantly been beat off the line by some of the most routine moves that D-lineman possess. This will allow someone else to step into his place and try to provide better blocking.
Key Player: Willis McGahee: McGahee may feel he has to prove is worth as the starting RB in Baltimore. Well, heres your chance.
Key Matchup: Colts Linebackers vs. Todd Heap: Not only will Heap need to get open but he must also contain the Linebacker blitz. Heap has always been a good blocker, hopefully he continues that here
PREDICTION: Ravens 27 - Colts 17
Sidenote: This game is not to crucial for the Ravens. Even if they fall to 2-3 their next 4 opponents have a combined 4 wins.