Saturday, December 1, 2007

Ravens Report-Week 13

Ravens Report

The Ravens lost to the Chargers, 32-14 to make their record 4-7. After a field goal from Chargers K Nate Kaeding, Ravens RB Willis McGahee ran in a 1-yard touchdown to give the Ravens the lead. Then, Chargers QB Phillip Rivers threw a 35-yard touchdown to TE Antonio Gates to give the Chargers the lead back, but the snap for the extra point was mishandled by the holder, so now the score is 9-7. After Kaeding hit another field goal, Phillip Rivers found WR Chris Chambers in the back of the end zone to make the score, 19-7. Kaeding then hit another field goal. After that, TE Antonio Gates then caught his second touchdown of the game, this one 25 yards to make it 29-7. Ravens QB Kyle Boller then threw a 13-yard touchdown to FB La’Ron McClain to make the score 29-14, this was McClain’s first career touchdown. Nate Kaeding put the last points on the board a 41-yard field goal to make the final score, 32-14.

Player of the Game: Chargers TE Antonio Gates, 6 catches, 105 yards, 2 touchdowns (25 yards and 35 yards).

Next week the Ravens play the best team in the NFL, the New England Patriots. This game is in Baltimore on Monday Night Football. Ravens fans are awaiting the return of LB Adalius Thomas, who spent 7 years with the Ravens and had a breakout year last year before signing on with the Pats. The Pats are an undefeated 11-0 so far this year and have already won their division. Ravens RB Willis McGahee has had a rushing TD in 6 straight games now. That streak will have to continue because McGahee is the one explosive player on the Ravens offense, very close to WR Derrick Mason. The Pats defense should eat up on Ravens backup QB Kyle “Butterfingers” Boller. They have 31 sacks this year, that’s second in the AFC. The Pats offense is lead by QB Tom Brady, who has thrown for 39 touchdowns and only four interceptions this season. The reason he’s so good, he’s got guys like WR Randy Moss and WR Wes Welker, who have a combined 23 touchdown catches. The Ravens will not have a chance in this game, I’m picking the Pats to win, 45-17.

Suggestion: The Ravens need to throw to more Wide Receivers. It seems like they only pass to Derrick Mason, they have to get guys like Devard Darling and Mark Clayton in the game, too.

Key Matchups for Patriots vs. Ravens

Ravens S Ed Reed vs. Patriots QB Tom Brady Edge: Brady

Ravens CB Samari Rolle vs. Patriots WR Randy Moss Edge: Moss

Ravens CB Corey Ivy vs. Patriots WR Wes Welker Edge: Welker

Ravens QB Kyle Boller vs. Patriots LB Tedy Bruschi Edge: Bruschi

Ravens RB Willis McGahee vs. Patriots LB Adalius Thomas Edge: McGahee

Ravens WR Derrick Mason vs. Patriots CB Asante Samuel Edge: Samuel

Injury Report


Player- Injury- Status

QB Steve McNair- Left Shoulder- OUT

WR Demetrius Williams- Ankle- OUT

T Jared Gaither- Illness- PRB

DT Justin Bannan- Ankle- PRB

TE Todd Heap- Thigh- QST

OLB Jarret Johnson- Thumb- PRB

CB Chris McAlister- Knee- QST

RB Willis McGahee- Ankle- PRB

OLB Gary Stills- Knee- PRB

TE Daniel Wilcox- Foot- PRB

S Gerome Sapp- Thigh- QST


Player- Injury- Status

LB Rosevelt Colvin- Unknown- OUT

RB Kevin Faulk- Thigh- Unknown

QB Tom Brady- Right Shoulder- PRB

CB Randall Gay- Back- Unknown

G Stephen Neal- Shoulder- Unknown


S Eugene Wilson- Groin- Unknown

AFC North Standings

Team- W- L- GB

Steelers 8- 3- 0.0

Browns 7- 4- 1.0

Ravens 4- 7- 4.0

Bengals 4- 7- 4.0

AFC North Outlook: The Browns keep inching in on the Steelers and are only one game back. As for the Ravens, they have almost no chance at coming back. The Steelers play the Bengals in Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football and the Browns play the Cardinals in Arizona.

That’s it for this week’s version of my Ravens Report, let’s go kick New England’s butts!

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