Sunday, October 5, 2008

Ravens Report- Week 5 2008

Ravens Report
Last Monday night, the Ravens lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-20, in overtime. The first points of the game were put up with a 49-yard field goal from Steelers K Jeff Reed. Then, Ravens K Matt Stover hit two field goals to give the Ravens a 6-3 lead. Then, Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw his first career touchdown, a 4-yard pass to backup TE Daniel Wilcox to give the Ravens a 13-3 lead at halftime. Then, after a 15-yard penalty on Ravens LB Jarret Johnson, the Steelers got the momentum. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to WR Santonio Holmes to make the score 13-10. On the Ravens’ next possession, Joe Flacco fumbled, and Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley picked it up and ran 7 yards into the end zone for a touchdown to give the Steelers a 17-13 lead. After a 19-yard field goal from Jeff Reed, Ravens FB Le’Ron McClain ran 2 yards into the end zone to tie the game up and head into overtime. In overtime, Steelers K Jeff Reed hit a 46-yard field goal to win the game for the Steelers.
Player of the Game: Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley- 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, forced fumble, fumble recovery
Next Sunday, the Ravens play the undefeated Tennessee Titans at home. Before the NFL split up the divisions, these two teams were intense rivals. Former Titans WR and current Raven Derrick Mason will be facing his old team. The Ravens lead the all-time series 8-7, and they’ve won six out of the last eight meetings with the Titans. The Titans defense has been amazing this season, giving up an average of 11.5 points per game, they are tied for the lead in sacks, and have a league-leading 13 takeaways. But the Ravens have the third ranked rushing game in the NFL, and FB Le’Ron McClain leads the team with 215 yards. Plus, the Ravens defense is possibly the best in the league, only giving up an average of 186 yards per game. Expect this to be a great game, but I have the Titans winning, 27-17.
Suggestion: I think the Ravens should blitz, blitz, blitz. They have to stop RB duo Chris Johnson and LenDale White, who have combined for 7 rushing touchdowns this season.
Key Matchups for Ravens vs. Titans
Ravens WR Derrick Mason vs. Titans CB Cortland Finnegan Edge: Mason
Ravens RG Marshal Yanda vs. Titans DT Albert Haynesworth Edge: Haynesworth
Ravens FB Le’Ron McClain vs. Titans LB Keith Bullock Edge: Bullock
Ravens LB Ray Lewis vs. Titans RBs Chris Johnson and LenDale White Edge: Lewis
Ravens CB Chris McAlister vs. Titans WR Justin McCareins Edge: McAlister
Ravens DT Justin Bannan vs. Titans C Kevin Mawae Edge: Mawae
Injury Report
Player Injury Status
DT Kelly Gregg Knee OUT
S Dawan Landry Neck OUT
CB Samari Rolle Neck OUT
CB Derrick Martin Shoulder DBT
LB Antwan Barnes Shoulder QST
RB Willis McGahee Chest QST
WR/KR Yamon Figurs Hamstring PRB
LB Tavares Gooden Hip PRB
LB Nick Greisen Thigh PRB
Player Injury Status
CB Reynaldo Hill Hamstring OUT
WR Justin Gage Knee DBT
P Craig Hentrich Back QST
RB LenDale White Shoulder PRB
QB Vince Young Knee PRB
AFC North Standings
Team W L
Steelers 3 1
Ravens 2 1
Browns 1 3
Bengals 0 4
Well, that’s it for this week’s version of my Ravens Report, see ya next week, let’s go kick the Titans’ butts!

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