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    Re: Prediction Thread - Ravens @ Steelers



    Quote Originally Posted by JAB1985 View Post
    Well Leach that was pretty in depth assessment. Cant argue with much, but i think even youll admit they arent going to play McKinnie. I think KO will handle woodley enough, personally. If Harrison was anything remotely what he was years prior id be more worried about Oher frankly. Bold Prediction on the Ike Taylor INT, he typically only gets 1 or 2 an entire year. Good post though but i have to ask, was that a Madden simulation?
    Yeah some of my predictions are probably a little off, but you get the picture of where the game will go along the lines of.




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    Re: Prediction Thread - Ravens @ Steelers

    Nope. Again, look at the stats and watch the game. Exaggeration. The forums were not like that at all. A few took that stance as an immediate reaction to the loss, but it was by far the minority. Of course, many fans of opposing teams like to think that, because that is how we as fans are. And some fans of the losing team like to think that. But, their stats were virtually identical. Both QB's had a so-so performance.

    Don't get me wrong, the Broncos deserved to win. They put a score up when it counted after a Pittsburgh mistake. Such as the way of football. That is one of those games we could have one. But "could have" does not get a team to the playoffs. I was hoping to meet Denver in the playoffs for some redemption. But - we can all see how that is going of late . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleApocalypse37 View Post
    ANYBODY who watched the game saw Peyton Manning torched the steelers defense. There are no questions about it,

    The steelers board was getting ready to all drink arsenic kool-aid because of how he roasted their defense that game.




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    Re: Prediction Thread - Ravens @ Steelers

    Quote Originally Posted by Complex View Post
    Nope. Again, look at the stats and watch the game. Exaggeration. The forums were not like that at all. A few took that stance as an immediate reaction to the loss, but it was by far the minority. Of course, many fans of opposing teams like to think that, because that is how we as fans are. And some fans of the losing team like to think that. But, their stats were virtually identical. Both QB's had a so-so performance.

    Don't get me wrong, the Broncos deserved to win. They put a score up when it counted after a Pittsburgh mistake. Such as the way of football. That is one of those games we could have one. But "could have" does not get a team to the playoffs. I was hoping to meet Denver in the playoffs for some redemption. But - we can all see how that is going of late . . .
    Peyton Manning showed up when it mattered, regardless of the stats, it was week 1 anyway it's long gone now. No need to debate about it.




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    Re: Prediction Thread - Ravens @ Steelers

    Ravens need to take advantage of Leftwich's slooooow delivery and get some good shots in on him. Try to at least slow down if not shut down Wallace, even if it means some of their other WRs/RBs get off some. That guy scares me. And hopefully Cameron remembers for the 2nd straight week he has a pretty good backfield and utilizes it.

    Even with Leftwich in there, I'm seeing something of a shootout. 30-27 in OT, and I'm really hoping the Ravens have the 30.




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    Re: Prediction Thread - Ravens @ Steelers

    Not making a prediction, but I will say that if we catch them without Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Polamalu and Clark that is a hell of a break and needs to be capitalised on.




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    Re: Prediction Thread - Ravens @ Steelers

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Van Cleef View Post
    Not making a prediction, but I will say that if we catch them without Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Polamalu and Clark that is a hell of a break and needs to be capitalised on.
    It really has to. A win would really make things a LOT easier on us. I still think the division is our to lose now with Ben out an extended period of time, but we really would do well to win this game.

    That said, it isn't going to be some cakewalk. We still are going up against a very good defense(which I do think we can exploit in some areas). They thrive on pressuring the QB, and we are ineffective when Joe is laying on his back much of the game, just like any other team. We cannot be sloppy, and we cannot turn the ball over.

    I expect a hard fought win, but would not be surprised in the least to see a loss either. I feel like this is a toss up, even without Ben, with the Ravens having only a slight advantage. I really hope that if we do lose, the board doesn't go into meltdown mode. This isn't some "gimme" game, and neither are the following two weeks.

    Just take solace in knowing that the playoffs are already a virtual lock given the state of the AFC




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    Re: Prediction Thread - Ravens @ Steelers

    If Ben is out for both games, our chances of winning the next 4 are increased. Yes San Diego on the road will be tough, I think we'll lose that one, but you'd probably say we should beat a poor Chargers team. Then Steelers at home, if Leftwich is playing, you'd say we have to be heavy favorites for that one, giving how well we've played at home this year. Then we have the lowly deadskins on the road.




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    Re: Prediction Thread - Ravens @ Steelers

    Quote Originally Posted by leachisabeast View Post
    If Ben is out for both games, our chances of winning the next 4 are increased. Yes San Diego on the road will be tough, I think we'll lose that one, but you'd probably say we should beat a poor Chargers team. Then Steelers at home, if Leftwich is playing, you'd say we have to be heavy favorites for that one, giving how well we've played at home this year. Then we have the lowly deadskins on the road.
    These next 4 games will tell us a lot about what we can expect from the Ravens this year. If they put their foot on the Steelers neck the way they should, then the Ravens might be primed for a legit Super Bowl run. However, if they go 2-2 over this stretch, then I think that they will have shown themselves to be a team that will probably not make it to the Super Bowl.




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    Re: Prediction Thread - Ravens @ Steelers

    Quote Originally Posted by alienrace View Post
    I really hope that if we do lose, the board doesn't go into meltdown mode. This isn't some "gimme" game, and neither are the following two weeks.
    Oh but you know it will. We'll have the Flacco sucks, Cam sucks and the season's over threads all over the place.




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    Re: Prediction Thread - Ravens @ Steelers

    Quote Originally Posted by leachisabeast View Post
    I will now make my prediction for the game now that Jen has been officially ruled out.

    Despite what their stats say, the Steelers are far from the number 1 defense in the league. Part of their defensive success has been down to who they've played. As it stands, they have only played two championship calibre QB's, one who they were torched by in week 1 (Peyton), and the other who is not playing championship football right now, actually it's pretty below average football (Eli). The QB's that they have lost have been to average vets who are way past their primes (Hassleback, and Palmer). The Steelers strength on defense lies in their secondary. All three of their corners have been having good seasons, especially Cortez Allen in the slot, and both their safeties have been playing at a pro bowl level, and that's with the hair out. However, it looks like both their starting safeties (Ryan Clark, and Allen) will be out for this game, and that was really where their strength was. Their weakness despite popular belief is in their front 7.

    Their pass rush has been inconsistent this year, Woodley has been having a stellar year, but his production has been effected because of the ineptitude of James Harrison, who is arguably having his worst year as a Steeler. The Steelers also have some serious issues on their Dline, much like ours, they cannot dominate the line of scrimmage. Casey Hampton has been terrible this year, along with Ziggy Hood, who may be the worst starting 5 technique in football right now. Brett Kiesel is the best player out of the three, but has been far from spectacular this year. Ziggy Hood, and Kiesel had decent games against KC, but it was going up against a weak interior Oline that is missing one or two starters. At LB, they have an absolute stud in Timmons, who is finally emerging as the best ILB in the AFCN, and has been having his best year as a pro. He will soon be in the same class as Patrick Willis, Brian Cushing, Novoro Bowman, and the likes. He can do it all, drop back in coverage, stuff the run, and bring inside blitz. IMO he is the best player on that defense, and we really need to find a way to take him out of the game, second level blocking has to be good, which is why we should start Reid at LG, or move KO inside for this one. Larry Foote is a servicable LB at best at this point, and looks better on highlight film because of who he's playing next to.

    So with that said, here is how our offense should attack their D.

    Up front, move Oher to the right side, and start McKinnie at LT. This may sound a bit crazy, but we could essentially neutralize the Steelers pass rushing presence from the left side with McKinnie who is our best pure OT in pass pro, and will completely dominate an under performing Harrison, who hasn't had the greatest of match ups against McKinnie in the past anyway. Oher provides much better pass pro than KO at this point on the right side, and I am slightly worried with KO matching up with Woodley, who has been very good this year. Moving KO inside would make our Oline much stronger, and I think would over power the under whelming Steelers Dline, even with the crowd noise, if our aim is to run the ball early.

    Use Ray Rice and Pierce early and often, with Leach on the field for as many snaps as possible. We can run the ball on this D, they aren't all that great against the run, and haven't been since 2010. Adapt to the ZBS, and get this D on their heels to begin with, we need to get second level blocks from KO to take Timmons out of the game, and Yanda vs Ziggy is a complete miss match I am very much looking forward to. Hopefully after having success running the ball, and maybe taking some crowd noise away, we can start taking some shots down field, but we cannot afford to go one dimensional like we did in Houston, this is a very good pass defense, and will make us pay for uncreative routes and the usual BS you see from this offense on the road. We need to take some shots down the middle with Pitta and Boldin, because without Clark, and Allen, that is going to be a huge hole in their D. That's where I see most of the passing production coming from in this game, right down the middle, we need to be aware of Timmons too though as he is very solid in coverage.

    With that said, my stat predictions are...

    Flacco gets 2 TD's, a pick (by Ike Taylor), 220 yards. Finishes 19 for 30. He will be sacked 3 times, two by Woodley, and one by Timmons

    Rice runs for 102 yards on 22 carries, Pierce gets 6 runs for 30 yards.

    Boldin goes for 65 yards on 6 catches, Pitta gets 7 catches for 70 yards, Torrey Smith gets a TD and 3 receptions for 50 yards, Jacoby gets a TD with a 15 yard reception, and Rice gets two receptions for 20 yards. We score 20 points, and get 353 yards of total offense. Tucker gets two FG's, one from 40, one from 25.

    Now onto their offense, and our defense.

    The Steelers have improved drastically of late up front, their Oline has now become one of their main strengths. Mike Adams has stepped up as a good run blocking RT, and the Steelers interior line is now among the best in the league with Colon and Pouncey playing well together. Max Starks is their main weakness, and he's playing on the left side, so Suggs will hopefully have a good day as he has had in the past vs Starks. Kruger and Upshaw vs Adams should be interesting.

    The Steelers are running a commitee of backs this year, featuring Dwyer and Redman, two big strong backs, that don't offer much other than pounding the ball up the middle (which they've done well this year so far.). Our Dline is going to have to step up in this one, as our main weakness has been stopping the run up the middle. Terrence Cody played well last week, and we need more of the same from him. Most of the Steelers success up the middle is down to Colon and Pouncey, who have been opening up some big holes for Redmand and Dwyer, we need to make sure we stop that, as the Steelers will be running the ball a ton of times with big Jen out. Leftwich is not going to be throwing all that much. The Steelers have a very talented receiving core, even without Antonio Brown, they are going to beat our secondary more times than not now that we are down to our last options with so many injuries there. Cary Williams has been playing well lately, and will hopefully continue to do so, but outside of him, I am very worred about how the likes of Chykie Brown, and Corey Grahame will fair against the likes of Mike Wallace and Sanders. The good news is that Leftwich will be throwing them the ball, and I don't expect him to be throwing all that often anyway, he is best throwing it down field with his strong but slow release, but Todd Haily likes short and quick passes, which is just not his game. It is going to allow us to essentially stack the box, and overload on blitzes, don't be surprised to see Pollard spend 90 % of the game roaming around the box and coming up in run support.

    In order to stop the Steelers offense, IMO we should do the following basic gameplan....

    Stack the box early on, with even 9 men at times, the Steelers are going to be running the ball more than usual. I wont be surprised to see something crazy like over 35 carries between Dwyer and Redman. Leftwich can't escape the pocket, and that's the key in this game IMO, once the pocket breaks down, I can see Suggs getting to him often and will get one or two sacks. We need to overload blitz against them, and pretty much challenge Leftwich to throw the ball and try to win the game off his arm. It's just a question on whether or not we will be able to stop the run.

    And the stats...

    Leftwich will throw 2 picks to Cary Williams, and Reed. He will go for 200 yards, with no TD's. He will be sacked 4 times, and will lose a fumble.

    Redman will pick up 60 yards on 17 carries, Dwyer will get 90 on 20 carries and a rushing TD.

    The Steelers will score 10 points on us, with a TD and two FG's. Picking up 350 total yards of offense.

    Suggs will get two sacks going up against Max Starks, Kruger and Ellerbe get a sack each. Reed and Williams get an interception each, and Ngata will cause a fumble which will be recovered by DeAngelo Tyson.

    Final score- 20-13 Ravens.
    Well.......Now that this game is over, on to San Diego
    Ravens 25
    San Diego 17




  11. #86

    Re: Prediction Thread - Ravens @ Steelers

    wheres that "how does this team get to 10 wins" thread. Looks more and more easy each week. im now thinking anything under 12-4 may be a bit of a disappointment. the only team that looks imposing is the broncos, luckily we get them at home. SD will be a tough game across the country, but theyve not been playing very well. It wouldnt shock me if we ran the table honestly, and thats with our flaws.
    -JAB




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    Re: Prediction Thread - Ravens @ Steelers

    Quote Originally Posted by JAB1985 View Post
    wheres that "how does this team get to 10 wins" thread. Looks more and more easy each week. im now thinking anything under 12-4 may be a bit of a disappointment. the only team that looks imposing is the broncos, luckily we get them at home. SD will be a tough game across the country, but theyve not been playing very well. It wouldnt shock me if we ran the table honestly, and thats with our flaws.
    If we run the table from here for the regular season, we're winning a Lombardi in February. If this team gets going, it won't be stopped in the playoffs.

    Hell, if we go unbeaten in November, it's a pretty good omen. We've only ever done it once despite all our winning seasons - 2000.
    Last edited by Tyrian; 11-15-2012 at 03:10 PM.




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    Re: Prediction Thread - Ravens @ Steelers

    Quote Originally Posted by Boulderraven View Post
    Ugly football per usual.
    Ravens 17
    Steelers 13
    Correction on second thought as game nears

    Steelers/Referees 20
    Ravens 17




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    Re: Prediction Thread - Ravens @ Steelers

    I look at three things...The ravens haven't lost in Pittsburgh since 2009....Since Ben came into the league, the Steelers haven't beaten the Ravens without him under center....and for as bad as some people think the Ravens on the road, in the last 2 seasons + this years trip to the Cleveland, the Ravens are 6-1 in AFCN road games....last loss was the 2nd game of 2010 at Cincinnati.....

    ravens 24 steelers 14...............




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