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Recap Week 11

Posted on: November 17, 2008 10:25 am
Edited on: November 17, 2008 10:40 am


I am sure everyone is already aware of the outcome to yesterday’s game between the New York Giants

and Baltimore Ravens so I will not get into the negatives of the Ravens performance just yet.  I will,

however, address some (very few) positives from this game.

-          Joe Flacco showed, to a certain degree, that he can put a team on his back offensively when he lead them to a touchdown on the opening drive in the second half.

-          The Ravens defense did a decent job keeping tabs on Plaxico Burress limiting him to 47 yards on 3 catches.

-          Matt Stovar broke the NFL Record for most consecutive PAT’s made by drilling his 372<sup>nd.</sup>

-          The defense continues its streak of not allowing a 100 yard rusher.

-          ……… That’s all I have……..


      Now for the bad….

-          The defensive line was completely dominated all game long. They allowed the Giants to run for a total of 207 yards on 33 carries. That number is including a 36 yard run by Jacobs in the 1<sup>st</sup> quarter and a 77 yard run by Bradshaw in the 4<sup>th</sup> quarter. Below is a chart showing what the Ravens have allowed rushing this year.





-          Unlike the success the Giants had running the ball the Ravens running backs amassed on 47 yards on 19 carries. Their leading rusher, Joe Flacco, Had 57 yards on just 6 carries.

-          After pulling the game within 10 in the beginning of the 3rd quarter Flacco threw a 50 yard touchdown pass to Aaron Ross. Only problem with that is the Aaron Ross is the starting corner for the Giants. (Though I cannot give him the blame on this one being that the ball hit off of Mason’s hands and helmet before being picked.

-          Eli Manning was only sacked once, but, for the most part, he had time in the pocket to pick apart the defense.

-          Though Flacco was only sacked once he was hurried into making bad throws which lead to two interceptions and running for over 50 yards.

-          Time of Possession and penalty yards were basically equal for both teams meaning the Giants defense was giving yards up to their own 30 then they put the clamp on.

This was a growing experience for the Ravens. It was obvious that the Giants were just the batter team mechanics wise. They played their style of game and the Ravens were never able to make them uncomfortable. The Giants Offensive Line should get the game ball for this one. They opened lanes all day for Jacobs, Ward, and Bradshaw as well as allowing Eli to have some time in the pocket. Besides the interception by Ray Lewis before Halftime there weren’t too many mistakes from the Giants.

Even with the loss the Ravens are 6-4 and if the season ended now would be the last wild card team. Their schedule doesn’t get any easier from here. They have 3 NFC East opponents remaining, Pittsburgh, and only 2 sub .500 teams in Cincinnati and Jacksonville. I believe that in order for them to make the playoffs they must finish at least 10-6, which means they would have to go 4-2 against the toughest part of their schedule. Anymore games like this and their playoff hopes could be gone.

Category: NFL

Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2008 3:18 pm

Recap Week 11

What a disappointing game the Ravens played on Sunday.  We had no defense, and our offense let Joe Flacco down.  Joe showed up for the game, Matt Stover showed up, and the Giants showed up and boy did they put it to us.  The Ravens team that played on Sunday was not the team that had played the past four weeks.  Maybe they got a little humbled, or just embarrassed - but they definitely got tromped. 
But, maybe that was a good thing.  Maybe they saw their mistakes and have learned from them for the next game. 

Next, we play the Eagles in Baltimore.  After watching the Eagles this past Sunday ending their game in a TIE (????) it makes me believe the we are going to win this one.  McNabb probably just had one of his worst games ever, and he lost the week before to the Giants.  He's not being effective and Joe Flacco is.  That should be the difference in the game on Sunday.  My prediction, for what it is worth, Ravens 24 - Philadelphia 10.


Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2008 1:02 pm

Recap Week 11

Well, to my way of thinking, that game is over, done with and in the books as an "L". If you had asked most Ravens fans three weeks ago if they would be happy with 2-1 on the three game road trip, the answer would have been a resounding YES. Now it's time to look ahead, and the way I see it, we have a good chance of going 5-1 down the stretch, with wins vs. the Eagles, Bengals, Steelers, Redskins and Jaguars, and a loss at the Cowboys. We play 4 of the next 6 at home. I like our chances at 10-6 for sure, 11-5 is possible, given the above.

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