Sunday, December 16, 2007

Ravens Report-Week 15

Ravens Report

The Ravens lost to the Colts on Sunday Night Football, 44-20. The Colts got on the board first with a 34-yard touchdown pass from QB Peyton Manning to WR Reggie Wayne. Then, the Colts got back on the board with a one-yard touchdown run from RB Joseph Addai. To make the score 21-0, Peyton Manning threw a 19-yard pass to Addai. Then the punt from Ravens Punter Sam Koch was blocked by Michael Coe and went back into the end zone for a safety to make the score 23-0 at the end of one quarter. Joseph Addai then got his 3rd touchdown of the night on an 11-yard touchdown run. Then, on the kickoff, Ravens KR Yamon Figurs returned the kick 94 yards back for a touchdown to get the Ravens on the board. Then, late in the second quarter, Manning threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to rookie WR Anthony Gonzalez. For the only points in the third quarter, Manning found Gonzalez again, this time a 40-yard touchdown pass. The Ravens then got back on the board with a 4-yard touchdown pass from QB Kyle “Butterfingers” Boller (the two-point conversion failed). After that Ravens drive, they brought in rookie QB Troy Smith. For the last points of the game, Smith ran for a 6-yard touchdown.

Player of the Game: WR Anthony Gonzalez, 6 catches for 134 yards and 2 TD’s (40 and 57 yards).

Next Sunday, the Ravens head to Miami to face the 0-13 Miami Dolphins. In this game, the Ravens are trying to snap a 7 game losing streak. The Dolphins have the worst rush defense in the NFL, therefore, Ravens RB Willis McGahee should have a monster game. Due to a solid pass defense, the Dolphins should take advantage of Ravens QB Kyle “Butterfingers” Boller, who threw 3 interceptions against the Colts last week. The Ravens defensive line, lead by Kelly Gregg, should feast on a horrible Dolphins offensive line, who have allowed 10 sacks in the past 3 games. Dolphins QB Cleo Lemon will replace rookie QB John Beck. I am predicting the Ravens to win, 20-7.

Suggestion: Ravens Head Coach Brian Billick should start QB Troy Smith to try and increase his self-esteem and get the team their first win since Week 6 against the Rams.

Key Matchups for Ravens vs. Dolphins

Ravens CB Corey Ivy vs. Dolphins WR Ted Ginn, Jr. Edge: Ivy

Ravens LB Ray Lewis vs. Dolphins RB Samkon Gado Edge: Lewis

Ravens S Ed Reed vs. Dolphins QB Cleo Lemon Edge: Reed

Ravens LT Jonathan Ogden vs. Dolphins DE Jason Taylor Edge: Taylor

Ravens WR Derrick Mason vs. Dolphins CB Michael Lehan Edge: Mason

Ravens RB Willis McGahee vs. Dolphins LB Joey Porter Edge: McGahee

Injury Report


Player Injury Status

WR Demetrius Williams Ankle OUT

TE Todd Heap Thigh QST

CB Samari Rolle Shoulder DBT

DT Justin Bannan Knee QST

DT Haloti Ngata Knee QST

S Gerome Sapp Thigh DBT

C Mike Flynn Foot PRB

DT Kelly Gregg Thigh PRB

RB Willis McGahee Foot PRB

T Jonathan Ogden Thigh PRB

S Ed Reed Hip PRB

T Adam Terry Ankle PRB

TE Daniel Wilcox Toe/Ankle QST

LB Ray Lewis Back QST

LB Terrell Suggs Illness QST


Player Injury Status

RB Jesse Chatman Ankle QST

RB Patrick Cobbs Hip QST

LB Channing Crowder Foot/Knee OUT

DT Vonnie Holliday Ankle PRB

CB Michael Lehan Groin PRB

DE Matt Roth Groin QST

WR Marty Booker Knee PRB

DT Keith Traylor Personal

T Vernon Carey Back PRB

LB Joey Porter Shoulder PRB

AFC North Standings

Team W L GB

Steelers 9 4 0.0

Browns 8 5 1.0

Bengals 5 8 4.0

Ravens 4 9 5.0

AFC North Outlook: The Ravens and Bengals have both been eliminated from Playoff contention. The 49ers beat the Bengals on Saturday Night Football. The Browns play the Bills in Cleveland and the Steelers play the Jaguars in Pittsburgh.

That’s it for this week’s version of my Ravens Report, I’m Max Buchdahl, see you next week and let’s go kick the Dolphins’ butts!

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