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Baltimore Ravens: Week 9 Preview

Posted on: October 31, 2008 11:40 am
Edited on: October 31, 2008 2:20 pm
 

The Ravens will be traveling into Cleveland this week to take on the Browns for the second time this season. In the last meeting, the Ravens were able to dominate the Browns on both sides of the ball on their way to putting up 28 points which is the second highest offensive total for them so far this season.Joe Flacco did not look great in the previous meeting throwing for 2 interceptions. The running game was key with both McGahee and McClain totaling over 140 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Ravens (4 - 3) and Browns (3 - 4) are set for a pivotal divisional matchup. If the Ravens win this game they separate themselves for the bottom of the division and makes their second matchup against the Steelers just that more important. The Browns need this win to get back into playoff hunt in the AFC. Baltimore's defense has been nothing short of amazing this season. They continue to keep running backs throughout the league scratching and clawing for every inch. Joe Flacco has really come into his own the last couple weeks and actually has this offense clicking. During the last 2 games the Ravens have put up 27 and 29 points respectively and Flacco has thrown for 2 touchdowns and even ran for a touchdown. I expect the Ravens to once again be dependent on their rushing attack. McClain has not been a big factor the last two weeks but I expect them to get him back involved in the offense as he was earlier this season.

The Prediction: 24 - 13 - Baltimore Ravens

Key Matchup: Derek Anderson vs. Ravens secondary - Anderson has come on a bit in the past few games and the Ravens must contain this. Safety and Corner blitzes should do the trick.

The next two games have the Ravens at Cleveland and at Houston. I am confident in them winning these games bringing their recored to 6 - 3. After that the schedule gets tough for them as they will face all four NFC East teams, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Jacksonville. I can see the beating Cincinnati and Jacksonville but will have to take one and maybe even two from the other five teams. They are at home against Washington, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh so I like their chances in taking two of those. See you on Monday for my Ravens - Browns wrap-up.

Category: NFL
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Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: November 3, 2008 1:30 pm
 

Baltimore Ravens: Week 9 Preview

I am sorry that every time I read this I have to keep fixing the mistakes.

Flacco ran for a touchdown in his / the last game and caught a 43 yard bomb, about 5 yards away from a TD.




Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2008 10:37 am
 

Baltimore Ravens: Week 9 Preview

what about my post was not in order?



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2008 10:04 am
 

Baltimore Ravens: Week 9 Preview

It's always nice to keep a positive outlook, and while I do expect to see a Ravens win, let's not overlook the Browns! They have been getting their game back together, with a streak in place, and we are going into their house! I see where most folks are concerned over our secondary and our Offense...lets not forget that our Special Teams set the table last week and allowed us to look like an outstanding team! We also took some extra motivation into the last 2 games, playing for Cam in Miami and against Rex's brother last week, lets win this one for all the Ravens!!




Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2008 2:23 pm
 

Baltimore Ravens: Week 9 Preview

When you point out someone else's mistake you should probably make sure your statement is in order.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2008 2:14 pm
 

Baltimore Ravens: Week 9 Preview

Winning on the road is hard. Winning on the road within the division is harder. This will be a tussle, won by the team that makes the fewest mistakes. The Ravens won the first game, despite Joe Flacco only being mediocre. This will be a defensive effort, with field position, turnovers and time of possession dictating the outcome. Never underestimate how hard it is to win on the road. The one thing about the Ravens that concerns me is our secondary. Any team that has a big-armed QB with multiple downfield threats is a problem for us right now. We need pressure early and often on Derek Anderson. If he gets 4-6 seconds in the pocket, and starts getting comfortable, it's going to be a long day. I am expecting the Browns to go no-huddle, dink and dunk, spread the field, but keep an extra blocker in. That's how they win. Watch for a lot of Steven Heiden and Jamal Lewis in the pass pattern. Our O line is a little less healthy than they were week 2. I'm not optimistic about this one.

What I would put in our favor is that Flacco is improved from week 2, and our strength is running, which is Cleveland's weakness.




Since: Jul 5, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2008 1:27 pm
 

Baltimore Ravens: Week 9 Preview

sorry that every time i read this i keep fixing the mistakes.

Flacco ran for a touchdown last game and caught a 43 yard bomb, about 5 yards away from a TD



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2008 1:23 pm
 

Baltimore Ravens: Week 9 Preview

Thanks for the reply BusyRuth. Flacco should impress this week and signs are pointing to Mason be back healthy. If they win and Steelers lose (0-2 vs NFC East thus far) They will be tied for first place and the Steelers will have to come into B-More and I don't see them beating the Ravens there.




Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2008 12:33 pm
 

Baltimore Ravens: Week 9 Preview

DaSweepa, nice to have you back!!!!  I agree that this week should be a week for the RAVENS to shine.  It would be Flacco's second on the road win and he is ready!!!! It was nice to see Troy Smith and Flacco working together last weekend and if they can continue to surprise their opponents with their plays, we will be heck to beat!!!  My only concern is the injury report.  I read that Todd Heap in probable for Sunday and that is a good thing - we just have to hope that he is able to step it up like he did last year. And Willis McGahee is expected to start on Sunday so that is good news.

I think the Houston game should be a good one but I do see the Ravens on top as well.  Our schedule is getting a little more difficult but if Flacco keeps his game on, we may get some unexpected wins.

Go Ravens!!!!!!!



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