anything is possible but she has a point..ravens playing on a short week, against a team thats fully rested, and used to playing at home at a higher elevation...the same team that pounded the ravens at their home just a few short weeks ago.
They must finish on the plus side in the turnover battle, most likely with a zero in their own column. The INT to end the first half here was as much as a 14 point swing. The fumble killed a first drive that started well. It was one of those instances where coaches say "the game got away from us", where an otherwise competitive game takes a HUGE turn on one or two plays. Joe owns those two mistakes. Reed had an INT lined up that Graham actually knocked away from him. The Broncos fumbled an early kick-off in the second half that went out of bounds before the Ravens could control it (a few inches different and it would have been Ravens 1st-and-goal inside the 20). Can't turn it over, and you have to pounce on the ball when you get the chance. If Joe hits a WR in the hands in the endzone, he'd better catch it. Ever mistake made will be tripled in magnitude because of the opponent.
Problem is... the Broncos lowest point total at home this year was 25. The Ravens will be hard-pressed to stick to a ground-and-pound game plan. And I don't like the idea of 40+ pass attempts, on the road, on basically a short week, with Oher and McKinney on the edges.
Although I think beating Denver is a daunting task, I do remember a game I attended against the Broncos where we were expected to lose big on Monday night. It was a down year for us (2002) and Denver was riding high. Throw into the mix that at the time we always folded like a cheap tent during prime time night games and the odds looked daunting then as well. So Ray levels someone in one of the best blocks I've seen (this side of that block on Romanowski in the playoffs) during McAlister's return of the field goal attempt and we go on to win handily.
On the one hand we have owned the Broncos. On the other Manning has owned us. First round went to Manning. Maybe if we play an exceptional game we even up the "ownage".
You have to rough up Peyton some. We have to blitz. Frankly, since Ray really can't cover anymore, I'd have Kruger/Ray/Suggs stunting and coming in after Peyton on any passing down.
I think we're better than the pundits are talking but the only way you beat Peyton is to put him on his back some and get him thinking. Broncos have a solid line.
This one is gonna be tough!
Where did Payton Manning play all his football until this year? I like our chances.Saturday A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 20.
When visiting players exit their locker room, the Broncos painted a large mural on the wall, that says welcome to Denver, altitude 5,280 feet, in an effort to get into the visitors head.
When you get up to 9,000 plus thats another story, 5,000 is no big deal.
At 5,000 footballs and baseballs fly further in the thin air.
Being hydrated is always important in high places.
Less pressure on the Ravens; more pressure on the Broncos; less air resistance for Tucker.
(Also...the last time Ray Lewis was in the spotlight this much (2000) the Ravens won it all. AND the Ravens were given ZERO chance of beating the Titans in Tenn that year, and they did.)
Disagree. I read the whole thing, and even as a Ravens fan, I find little to take her to task for. Just because a writer reaches conclusions with which you may not agree, doesn't make it a poor article. It's well-researched and she supports all of her opinions. Big deal, she thinks the Ravens will lose. I have a feeling they'll show up anyway.
A few other keys to the game for the Ravens would be:
1.Put pressure on Manning and cause a couple of turnovers while avoiding turning the ball over themselves.
2.Third down defense.When they have the chance to get Denvers offense off the field they need to do it.
3.Avoid stupid unnecessary penalties.
4.Do not waste their time outs.
5.Flacco needs to unload the ball quickly and not be afraid to tuck it and run for the first down when the opportunity presents itself.
6.Try to limit the effectiveness of Denvers running game, particularly on first down and get them in as many third and longs as possible.
Tall order but nothing is impossible.
That's all that Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Suggs and the rest of the Ravens need is something like this to make them big underdogs to make them game plan and play even harder on Saturday. Can't wait!
Denver has been the better team all year and should be the favorite. Just the fact that they are playing gives them a shot, might be a small one but they have one.
There are a lot of reasons to believe that the Ravens can make this game a lot closer this time. The Ravens were a team in transition with a lot of key injuries in that 1st game and the game really came down to 2 Flacco turnovers in the redzone.
I think Caldwell has gotten his feet wet now and the offense has looked a lot more fluid over the last 3 weeks. Throw in the changes that were made on the offensive line and things can definitely be different this time around.
its not going to be easy but I really like the Ravens chances. They play well as an underdog and payton does not play well as a favorite or in the cold. (6-5) in games under 40 degrees 15 tds 12 picks. Plus Moreno is a fumbler watch for the ravens to rip at him.The Birds need to turn the game into a street fight after the initial serge from the Broncos. I am really excited to see how they do in Mile High.
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