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Ravens:Week 5 RECAP & Week 6 PREVIEW

Posted on: October 6, 2008 11:00 am
Edited on: October 6, 2008 11:32 am
 
RECAP:

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.

PREVIEW:

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.

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2008 1:13 am
 

Ravens:Week 5 RECAP & Week 6 PREVIEW

Oh, I forgot one other thing. I hope Stover as spent the past week doing nothing but practicing field goals from 40+yds....he really has been slipping lately. I know its not a big drop but he went from the 2nd most accurate kicker in history to the 3rd.

...Stover's time may be coming to an end, so it would be a good idea for the ravens to look for some competition for him. Lets hope their pride doesn't block their judgement....




Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: October 11, 2008 1:10 am
 

Ravens:Week 5 RECAP & Week 6 PREVIEW

Honestly I'd prefer to have a healthy Fabian Washington out there instead of Samari Rolle. Mostly because I think Rolle has lost a step and he can't tackle. He remind me of Deion Sanders in that sense. Frank Walker is a huge liability in coverage, imo. That means Reed and Leonard are going to have to slide his way to give that double coverage.

I believe Baltimore will shut down Indy's running game (which is basicly nonexistent to this point in the season). Peyton has been good against the Ravens in the past, always seeming to have their number. I hope that this week the Ravens can get to Peyton and sack him a good 5 to 6 times, plus many knock downs and hurries. We've got to get him roughed up, also lets hope their offensive line hasn't gotten their act together fully yet. Flacco should have success against their pass defense as they are going to load up in the box to stop the Raven's running attack. As long as the rookie QB doesnt try to create plays that aren't there and force throws into coverage he will probably toss a TD or two.

I'd like to see our special teams unit actually improve and be an asset to the team this week. I say get Yamon Figurs out of there and let Jim take over running back kickoffs and punts.

..thats pretty much it, if we can do all those things the Ravens will be 3-2....they really should be 4-0 right now..but i'm not even going to get into that again...ughhhh




Since: Aug 28, 2008
Posted on: October 8, 2008 10:43 pm
 

Ravens:Week 5 RECAP & Week 6 PREVIEW

Great review dasweepa I find everything you have written knowledgeable and well thought out, I know you're a Cowboys fan but I think this blog is turning you into a part-time Ravens fan. I think if we can contain Manning we have a shot to pull this one out and leave the oil can at 3-2 while putting the Colts in the unenviable task of trying to win the AFC South with a beat up WR corps. I predict a Ravens win 18-14 and a chance to keep pace with the Steelers. Keep up the great work and I look forward to next weeks installment.



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2008 2:27 pm
 

Ravens:Week 5 RECAP & Week 6 PREVIEW

^^^I have noticed that too mick. I dont know why they are using Heap as mostly a blocker.




Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2008 10:33 am
 

Ravens:Week 5 RECAP & Week 6 PREVIEW

Good review.   I think the Ravens are going to continue to use Heap as a blocker.  If someone drops a decent scoring TE to make room for a bye replacement, in the fantasy league in which I own Heap, I'll probably drop him for the decent scoring TE.

Is it just me, or is Wilcox getting more endzone scoring opportunities than Heap?



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2008 6:29 pm
 

Ravens:Week 5 RECAP & Week 6 PREVIEW

In my opinion, a must-win game for the , and some people think the are the perfect opponent for the Ravens this week. Why?

- Two brutal, bruising games agains the and , both of which turned on a single play, and either could have just as easily been W's for the Ravens

- The Ravens have a pounding style of running, and a couple of road graders up front to clear the way

- The Ravens defense has been as stingy as ever, completely shutting down the running game

Here's how I see it, for what it's worth. The Ravens have a top 5 rushing offense and defense, the Colts are bottom in both. The Ravens are injury-plagued at DB, however, so if the Colts can get an early lead, they can nullify the running advantage. I think it will come down to which team can impose their will on the other. I expect the Ravens to take care of business.




Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2008 9:38 pm
 

Ravens:Week 5 RECAP & Week 6 PREVIEW

Dasweepa, you have one it again.  Good critique of the game.  For Sunday's game, I agree andf really think Heap needs to step up to the plate and get more involved in the plays. We need him to be the Heap of last year.  We also need McGahee healthy.  We really need him too. 



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2008 4:08 pm
 

Ravens:Week 5 RECAP & Week 6 PREVIEW

Thanks for the comment. I couldnt remember if it dated back to 06 or not. Thanks for clearing that up. You may be right about the CB situation, though I think the Ravens maybe alright even if Walker is on Wayne with Ed Reed back there picking up some of his slack




Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2008 4:02 pm
 

Ravens:Week 5 RECAP & Week 6 PREVIEW

Good article, only thing that needs to be corrected is that the Ravens have allowed a 100 yard rusher since 2006 against Larry Johnson.  They didn't allow a 100 yard rusher at all last season.

I think this might be a "recovery" game for Flacco if the Colts play how they have been so far this season.  The o-line should be able to hold up well enough (not sure if Freeney is playing) and the defense should have a field day. 

I think the kep matchup will be Reggie Wayne against which ever  CB plays opposite him.  It would be Fabian Washington since Rolle is out for a while but Washington was injured against Tennessee and I'm not sure as to his status right now.  If he's out and Frank Walker starts against Wayne, expect Wayne to have something around 11 catches,100 yards, 2 TDs and Walker to have at least two pass interference calls against him.

Good article though



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