Because this game could really be a statement game for the rest of the league, I could see the Ravens really hammering the Broncos.
I see this as being very similar to the Patriots game earlier in the season. Very close and high scoring.
after watching this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIHXmNf-Z4M Iam not sure we will be able to keep Flacco standing long enough to Do any damage..
Miller and Dummerville are going to give Oher and KO fits on Sunday. The Ravens OTs struggle against speed rushers, because both OTs are really built like OGs. Both Dummerville and Miller are elite speed rushers. Caldwell had better have a lot of quick hitting plays ready to go, or Flacco is going to get hit early and often. Screw Harbaugh, McKinnie needs to play in this game. He is the only OT the Ravens have that has shown that he is effective against speed rushers.
This game hinges solely on our offense.
Only quick changes can be made this short week (first real strategy meeting I think was wednesday).
So, more formations and some added routes (that are all in the playbook) should be used.
Like the first game of the season.
So, Denver has no idea what is coming.
IF that all happens...I see high scoring game. Like the Dallas game.
So, the Ravens may need to score at least 35.
I have to be a homer and say Ravens 41-38.
If that happens I will probably have thrown up numerous times and burst at least two blood vessels...but I would still be an extremely happy fan. Ok, I would be out of my mind...SOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo
I'm really worried about the secondary. If they play the same soft zone as last week, Manning will be licking his chops. Sure hope we get some guys back from injury and they run some different schemes
Not enough healthy bodies on defense.
OL has been bad all year.
Flacco doesn't extend plays.
News Flash - Cameron was just a scape goat.
The will finish regular season with a five game losing streak.
31-27, Ravens. Manning, Thomas and Decker will get their yards between the 20s, with Manning passing for 3 TDs, but 2 ints (Ed Reed, Corey Graham). He'll throw up a wounded duck on an apparently blown coverage, and Reed will step in front of it and return to Denver's 18 yard line. Corey Graham's interception will come in the redzone with Denver driving midway through the third quarter, Graham will step in front a pass intended for Andre Caldwell, resulting in a touchback. Flacco will pass ford 245 yards, 15/25, 2 TDs (1 to Boldin, 1 to Pitta), 1 int, and have 2 fumbles (1 lost). Rice will have a HUGE day, getting 28 touches for 275 combined yards (22 rushes for 150, 6 catches for 125), while Pierce will have 10 rushes for 61 yards. Kruger and Jones' hot streak will continue, with Kruger getting 2 sacks, Jones 1.5 sacks and Pollard getting 1 sack on a delayed blitz.
Denver 31-23. I want to pick a win, but not confident about it at all.
As long as there's improvement.
You guys worry too much. :D
with the current defense we will most likely lose but my boy is home from college and it will be a tailgating day at the stadium. its never a bad day when you see the purple play because you know they will leave it all on the field.
Honestly... I can't see a reason to be optimistic. Ravens are bottom half of league in O & D rankings, Broncos are 4th in both. Denver are on an 8 game winning streak, Ravens just lost to two teams they should have beaten. Broncos have one of the best QBs to ever play the game who has won his last 8 games against the Ravens, Ravens have a guy who is really good on his best days but is so damned inconsistent.
The only thing I see going for the Ravens is that they are at home, and in case anyone forgot, they lost there against a Charlie Batch-led Steelers team. Yeah.
Wheels could be coming off pretty soon.
Broncos 34-24. And worse would not surprise me. I don't expect a lot from the D; simply too many injuries; even some who play will be far from 100%. This is really the time for Flacco to step up. Which Joe will show up? . . . the next couple games could be very telling. Can our O line protect Joe? Can he get the ball out quickly? Can he develop some semblance of pocket awareness? Can ANYONE catch reliably? Is there a quality LT on the squad. CAn ANYONE get open?
I've been watching the All 22 on Peyton for the past hour. The defense just needs to tackle which I know is a big thing to ask from the defense right now. Peyton will dink and dunk down the field and take the occasional shot downfield. He gets the ball out very quick. Also, he likes to use the middle of the field a lot with his receivers and tight ends (Tamme seems to be a favorite target). Demarius Thomas is dangerous with the ball in his hands he can make people miss and break tackles (we saw it in the playoffs against pitt). I could see Reed having a shot at an interception or two. Peyton just doesn't have the zip on deep shots from what I see. Peyton just lulls the defense to sleep with the continuous short passes until the defense starts to cheat up.
Ravens shock the pundits and pull out the upset victory.
27 - 23 RAVENS
Denver - 34
Ravens - 17
This will be a very painful game.