Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ravens Report- Week 8 2008

Ravens Report
Last Sunday, the Ravens beat the Miami Dolphins 27-13 to improve their record to 3-3. After the first quarter, the game was tied at three after a 21-yard field goal by Dolphins K Dan Carpenter and then a 47-yard field goal by Ravens K Matt Stover. Then, Ravens LB Terrell Suggs picked off a pass by Dolphins QB Chad Pennington and ran 44 yards into the end zone to give the Ravens a 10-3 lead. After that, Dan Carpenter made the score 10-6 on a 26-yard field goal. Next, the Ravens took a 17-6 lead on an 11-yard pass from Ravens rookie QB Joe Flacco to WR Derrick Mason, for Mason’s first TD catch of the season going into halftime. In the third quarter, Matt Stover hit a 28-yard field goal to make the score 20-6. Then, the Dolphins made the score 20-13 on a 7 yard pass from Chad Pennington to WR Davone Bess. After that, Ravens RB Willis McGahee made the score 27-13 on a 5-yard touchdown run to seal a Ravens victory.
Player of the Game: Ravens RB Willis McGahee- 19 rushes, 105 yards, one rushing touchdown, 2 catches, 47 receiving yards
Next Sunday, the Ravens host the 2-4 Oakland Raiders. Last week, the Raiders pulled out a 16-13 victory in overtime against the New York Jets at home. This matchup features two brothers, Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. The Raiders are lead by interim Head Coach Tom Cable, who took over after Raiders owner Al Davis fired former Head Coach Lane Kiffin. The Raiders defense has picked off seven passes so far this year, the same amount of passes that Ravens QB Joe Flacco has thrown so far this season and only two touchdowns. I predict the Ravens winning, 31-7.
Suggestion: The Ravens will have to face a tough QB in JaMarcus Russell and a tough RB in Justin Fargas, if they can stop Fargas and Russell, it will be a long day for the Raiders offense.
Key Matchups for Ravens vs. Raiders
Ravens WR Derrick Mason vs. Raiders CB DeAngelo Hall Edge: Hall
Ravens C Jason Brown vs. Raiders DT Tommy Kelly Edge: Kelly
Ravens QB Joe Flacco vs. Raiders LB Kirk Morrison Edge: Flacco
Ravens CB Chris McAlister vs. Raiders WR Javon Walker Edge: McAlister
Ravens LB Ray Lewis vs. Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell Edge: Lewis
Ravens LB Terrell Suggs vs. Raiders TE Zach Miller Edge: Suggs
Injury Report
Player Injury Status
S Dawan Landry Neck OUT
CB Samari Rolle Neck/Shoulder OUT
T Adam Terry Knee OUT
WR/KR Yamon Figurs Knee DBT
WR Mark Clayton Thigh QST
WR Derrick Mason Illness QST
CB Chris McAlister Knee QST
S Ed Reed Thigh QST
WR Demetrius Williams Ankle QST
T Jared Gaither Neck PRB
CB Derrick Martin Shoulder PRB
RB Willis McGahee Knee PRB
CB Fabian Washington Back PRB
Player Injury Status
LB Jon Alston Foot DBT
DE Derrick Burgess Triceps DBT
RB Darren McFadden Toe QST
WR Andrew Walter Calf QST
DT Gerard Warren Ankle QST
AFC North Standings
Team W L
Steelers 5 1
Ravens 3 3
Browns 2 4
Bengals 0 7
Well, that’s it for this week’s version of my Ravens Report, see ya next week, let’s go kick the Raiders’ butts!

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