Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ravens Report- Week 2 2008

Ravens Report
In their previous game, the Ravens beat the Cincinnati Bengals 17-10 to improve their record to 1-0. The first points were put up when the Ravens perfectly executed a double reverse run, that ended up in a Mark Clayton 39-yard run for a touchdown. After a 21-yard field goal from Ravens K Matt Stover and a 43-yard field goal from Bengals K Shayne Graham, the Ravens leaded the Bengals 10-3 at halftime. Then, the Ravens got back on the board when rookie QB Joe Flacco ran 38 yards into the end zone to give the Ravens a 17-3 lead to end the third quarter. Then, the Bengals got the momentum. Joe Flacco fumbled, and Bengals CB Jonathan Joseph recovered the fumble and ran 65 yards into the end zone to make the score 17-10. But the Ravens defense held the Bengals to nothing the rest of the game and the Ravens ended up with the victory.
Player of the Game: Ravens LB Jarret Johnson- 5 tackles, 1 sack
Goat of the Game: Bengals QB Carson Palmer- 9/24, 94 yards
The Ravens-Texans game was postponed until Nov. 9 due to Hurricane Ike.
Next Sunday, the Ravens will face the Cleveland Browns at home. The last time these two teams met, the Browns came away with a 33-30 victory in overtime. The Browns are 0-2 so far this season, losing to the Cowboys and Steelers. Browns star WR Braylon Edwards could miss Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury, which would help the Ravens out a lot, but even if he does play, has not been able to catch the ball yet this season. Also, the Ravens defense will be going up against former Ravens RB Jamal Lewis, who has averaged just three yards per carry so far this season. Ravens RB Willis McGahee is expected to start Sunday, after missing the game against the Bengals due to an injury. Last season, McGahee averaged six yards per carry against the Browns, and rushed for over 100 yards in both games. I predict the Ravens will come away with a 27-13 win.
Suggestion: Browns QB Derek Anderson has struggled so far this year, so the Ravens should take advantage of that and get to him so prevent him from throwing.
Key Matchups for Ravens vs. Browns
Ravens KR Yamon Figurs vs. Browns KR Joshua Cribbs Edge: Cribbs
Ravens WR Derrick Mason vs. Browns CB Kamerion Wimbley Edge: Mason
Ravens TE Todd Heap vs. Browns LB Willie McGinest Edge: McGinest
Ravens LB Ray Lewis vs. Browns RB Jamal Lewis Edge: R. Lewis
Ravens LB Jarret Johnson vs. Browns QB Derek Anderson Edge: Johnson
Ravens DE Trevor Pryce vs. Browns LT Joe Thomas Edge: Thomas
Injury Report
Player Injury Status
DT Kelly Gregg Knee OUT
QB Troy Smith Illness OUT
CB Fabian Washington Neck DBT
LB Nick Greisen Leg QST
LB Brandon Ayanbadejo Calf PRB
WR Yamon Figurs Hamstring PRB
CB Corey Ivy Ankle PRB
CB Derrick Martin Shoulder PRB
TE Todd Heap Wrist PRB
T Marshal Yanda Knee PRB
WR Demetrius Williams Hamstring PRB
Player Injury Status
S Sean Jones Knee OUT
TE Martin Rucker Knee OUT
LB Kris Griffin Calf DBT
WR Braylon Edwards Shoulder QST
WR Donte Stallworth Quad QST
LB Willie McGinest Hamstring QST
G Eric Steinbach Shoulder QST
WR Joshua Cribbs Shoulder PRB
RB Jamal Lewis Ankle PRB
DT Shaun Smith Hand PRB
G Ryan Tucker Hip PRB
AFC North Standings
Team W L
Ravens 1 0
Steelers 2 0
Browns 0 2
Bengals 0 2

That’s it for this week’s edition of my Ravens Report, see ya next week, let’s go kick the Bengals’ butts!

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