Blog Entry

Ravens - Giants PREVIEW

Posted on: November 12, 2008 10:10 am

At this point last season the Ravens were down and out with nothing promising to look forward to in the up coming season. Their defense was aging, quarterback situation in utter ruin, and many devastating injuries to key playmakers on both offense and defense. There was nothing to cheer for, no playoff hopes, and no end in sight for a dismal offense and poor play calling. Their fate was altered in the offseason when the organization decided that a change in regime was needed from the old Baltimore football which had been strangling the very fan base that made them since 2001, to a relatively unknown coach with fresh ideas and tons of energy to boot. Of course there were nay-sayers, those few who supported Brian Billick 100%. You would have thought, and right fully so, that the Ravens could go shot for shot with any offense, I mean facts are facts, they had two coach’s running their offense (Brian Billick and Jim Fassel) who had faced each other a few years back when the Ravens defeated the Giants and were crowned Super Bowl Champions. It took a special teams coach from Philadelphia (John Harbaugh) and a coach (Cam Cameron) with a 1-15 record just a year earlier to turn this offense around. I know many fans circled this date on their calendars’ when the Ravens schedule was released simply because they were facing the Super Bowl Champions. Others, like I, looked to this game as a release, a release from the downward spiral the Ravens were thrown into after their Super Bowl XXXV victory of the Giants and a release from the tyrannical offense of once Giants Head Coach Jim Fassel.

The Baltimore Ravens (6 – 3) get the chance this week to exercise their demons as they head away from home to face the New York Giants (8 – 1). Both teams come into this game boasting two of the best defenses in the league as well as dominating rushing attacks. The Giants must contain Willis McGahee, Ray Rice, and Le'Ron McClain if they hope to beat the Ravens this week. The Ravens have contained numerous rushers throughout their streak of not allowing a 100 yd rusher and I don’t see Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, or Ahmad Bradshaw (Earth, Wind, & Fire) being able to end the streak. Joe Flacco had been nothing short of impressive in the past four games throwing for six touchdowns and no interceptions. Todd Heap as well as the offensive line has stepped up in a big way these past couple of weeks and have this offense clicking. The Giants defense has been suffocating as of late and leads the NFL in sacks. This is an ultimate test os strentghs with the Giants damging rushing offense against the unmovable force that is the Ravens rushing defense.

KEY MATCHUP – Ravens OFFENSIVE LINE vs. Giants DEFENSIVE LINE – The Ravens must control the battle up front to allow the running game to get going and give Flacco the time he needs to find his open receivers down field.

KEY PLAYERRay Lewis and Terrell Suggs – It is almost a given that Eli Manning is going to make so poor throws, Lewis and Suggs need to be there to make him pay for it.

PREDICTIONBaltimore Ravens 21New York Giants 20

Category: NFL

Since: May 29, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:55 pm

Ravens - Giants PREVIEW

Great Blog but I think the Giants will win because they are awesome!!!

Since: Nov 8, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2008 11:10 am

Ravens - Giants PREVIEW

Great Blog!!!!!

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2008 8:32 pm

Ravens - Giants PREVIEW

Even though I don't think the Ravens will win this game, you have broken it down very nicely.  I will agree 100% that Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis will be key playmakers in this game, and I don't doubt they will produce.  My only concern is that the Ravens offense may not be able to keep up with the Giants.  The Ravens did a very nice job against the Titans when they played, so the running issue is not a big concern. Also Flacco has faced the Titans defense so he should know what to expect from the Giants as they are very similar.  The big concern is the receivers of NY Giants may be the best that they have seen.  You can take Plaxico Burress out of the offensive strategy, but you have to worry about Toomer, Smith (who is coming along nicely) and even TE Kevin Boss.  I think this game will be one of those slugg fests and the team that makes the most mistakes loses.  My perdiction on the score would have to 17-14 Giants, but I will be pulling for the Ravens!

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2008 12:32 am

Ravens - Giants PREVIEW

I think this game will come down to one man, Eli Manning.  Manning is prone to having bad days (like the 3 int performance he had against the Browns).  However Manning does have good days as well, and can put together clutch drives. 

Since the Giants have a such a good rushing game, Manning hasn't had to be exposed to his rollercoaster like consistancy.  Against the Ravens, however, that running game will dissapear.  If Manning plays mistake free football, the Giants WILL win this game, as the Ravens are very beatable through the air and have always had a tough time matching up against Plaxico Burress (even going way back when he was with the steelers).  Hopefully Rex Ryan can put together an especially clever gameplan to make it as tough on manning as possible. 

Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2008 11:47 pm

Ravens - Giants PREVIEW

As always, Dasweepa, your blog is well written and well thought out - thank you.

One of the major points that sticks with me is they way we played last Sunday.  It was a game where the Ravens made very few mistakes.  Ray Lewis had two interceptions, Todd Heap scored two touchdowns, Joe Flacco had no interceptions.  They are on a roll.  Four wins in a row.  Not only that but our injured are returning.  McGahee may not be 100% but he is playing good ball.  Samari Rolle is back.  Troy Smith adds creativity to our QB.

Joe Flacco isn't playing like a rookie anymore and Harbraugh isn't coaching like a rookie.  Our team is running like a well oiled machine.  Cam Cameron is right on with his calls.  If there is any week where we can beat the Giants, it will be this week.  Having said that, won't it be a sweet win? 

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2008 3:21 pm

Ravens - Giants PREVIEW

Thanks for your reply Spin its always good to hear from the other teams. You are right about Flacco being inexperienced and that it should play a major role but I think you as well as the Giants realize that they are not just going to run and pass at will against this defense.

Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2008 2:46 pm

Ravens - Giants PREVIEW

That's a nice blog. As a Giants fan, I'd have to disagree on the score but I do expect it to be a very tough game. I think the main advantage the Giants have that you've overlooked is that Flacco is a rookie who really hasn't had the kitchen sink thrown at him and Eli has plenty of experience in tha area. I don't think either team will run well and even though I think Flacco is a franchise QB in the making, I still take Eli (and the Giants pass rush) over Flacco if one of them has to win the game through the air. 

FYI, ravens, Tuck plays mostly on the left side of the d-line, so he'll be up agaisnt the right tackle. Kiwi plays on the right side.

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2008 1:01 pm

Ravens - Giants PREVIEW

Very good blog. It should be a tough one I think the Giants win though (Man I hate saying that)

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2008 10:28 am

Ravens - Giants PREVIEW

First, congrats on being the first non Ravens fan to think Baltimore will win this game.  Even some Ravens fans don't think there's a chance of a win in New york, and that's understandable.

No, I agree with your matchup of the Ravens o-line vs. the Giants d-line.  I think Justin Tuck will be the man problem but if he lines up against Jared Gaither he will be neutralized.  I didn't have a lot of faith in Gaither coming into the season, but his single handed performances against Mario Williams and Dwight Freeney have changed that.  I won't say that he'll completely take Tuck out of the game but he should do very well.

Also, we've seen that if the Giants d-line is neutralized that they can be picked apart.  Cleveland showed us that.  Then add in the fact that even with 4 INTs, the Steelers played them so well gives me hope for Baltimore.  Our team is very similar to the Steelers except I have to say we currently have a better offense.  Our QB is protecting the ball better than theirs and if we can limit the turnovers we should win this game.  Pitts would have won if not for all the turnovers.  Win lose or draw, the Ravens might surprise some people this weekend.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or