Last week, the Ravens defeated the Oakland Raiders, 29-10, to improve their record to 4-3. The Ravens got on the board first on when Ravens LB Jameel McClain sacked Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell in the end zone for a safety that gave the Ravens a 2-0 lead. Then, in the second quarter, Ravens RB Willis McGahee scored on a 1-yard run to make the score 9-0. After that, Ravens QB Joe Flacco found a wide open Demetrius Williams for a 70-yard touchdown to give the Ravens a commanding 16-0 lead. Next, just before halftime, Ravens K Matt Stover sunk a 38-yard field goal to give the Ravens a 19-0 halftime lead. Then the Raiders got on the board with a 22-yard field goal from K Sebastian Janikowski. On an exciting note, with about five minutes left in the third quarter, the Ravens brought in backup QB Troy Smith, who found Joe Flacco for a 40-yard reception for Flacco, the former wide receiver. The next score was on a 30 yard field goal from Matt Stover. Afterwards, JaMarcus Russell found FB Justin Griffith for a 2-yard Raiders touchdown. Then, in the fourth quarter, Joe Flacco ran for a 12-yard touchdown to seal a Ravens victory.
Player of the Game: Ravens QB Joe Flacco- 12/24 for 140 passing yards, 1 throwing touchdown, 4 rushes, 23 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 1 reception, 43 receiving yards.
Next week, the Ravens will face the 3-4 Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. If the Browns win, the Ravens and Browns would be tied for second place in the AFC North. These two teams met back in Week 3, in which the Ravens dominated, winning 28-10. But this is a very different Browns team then what it was in Week 3. Since then, they have gone 3-2 and have played better overall. The Ravens will be facing former Ravens RB and current Browns RB Jamal Lewis, who was held to 56 rushing yards in Week 3. I predict the Ravens winning, 27- 16.
Suggestion: Last week against the Raiders, the Ravens were penalized 8 times, costing them 52 yards. The majority of those penalties were called against the offensive line. Head Coach John Harbaugh has to discipline the offensive line and tell them that against better teams, this team cannot afford stupid mistakes like penalties.
Key Matchups for Ravens at Browns
Ravens WR Derrick Mason vs. Browns CB Eric Wright Edge: Mason
Ravens C Jason Brown vs. Browns DT Shaun Rogers Edge: Rogers
Ravens QB Joe Flacco vs. Browns LB Willie McGinest Edge: Flacco
Ravens CB Frank Walker vs. Browns WR Braylon Edwards Edge: Edwards
Ravens DE Trevor Pryce vs. Browns LT Joe Thomas Edge: Pryce
Ravens LB Terrell Suggs vs. Browns QB Derek Anderson Edge: Suggs
Player Injury Status
S Dawan Landry Neck OUT
TE Daniel Wilcox Thigh OUT
CB Chris McAlister Knee DBT
CB Samari Rolle Neck DBT
T Jared Gaither Neck QST
RB Willis McGahee Ankle QST
T Adam Terry Knee QST
CB Frank Walker Thigh QST
LB Brandon Ayanbadejo Ankle PRB
WR/KR Yamon Figurs Knee PRB
TE Todd Heap Neck PRB
RB Le’Ron McClain Ankle PRB
S Ed Reed Shoulder/Neck PRB
Player Injury Status
G Ryan Tucker Knee OUT
RB Lawrence Vickers Ankle DBT
S Mike Adams Hamstring QST
S Sean Jones Knee QST
LB Shantee Orr Foot QST
DT Shaun Smith Hand QST
WR Donte Stallworth Quadricep QST
DE Corey Smith Shoulder QST
AFC North Standings
Team W L
Steelers 5 2
Ravens 4 3
Browns 3 4
Bengals 0 8
AFC North Outlook: If the Ravens beat the Browns, and the Steelers lose to the Redskins, the Ravens and Steelers will be tied for first place in the division. If the Browns and Steelers win, then the Ravens and Browns would be tied for second place, and the Steelers would have lone possession of first place. The winless Bengals face the Jaguars at home.
That’s it for this week’s version of my Ravens Report, see ya next week, let’s go kick the Browns’s butts!