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NFL Playoff Preview: Ravens At Patriots 2

Posted on January 07, 2010 by Joe Gill

With the loss of Wes Welker, Kevin Faulk will have to be a big contributor in the passing game.

Overview: The Patriots (#3 seed) and Ravens (#6 seed) will meet for the second time this season, but this time it’s for all the marbles in the Wild Card playoffs.

The Patriots are going to try to overcome the devastating injury to their offensive MVP, Wes Welker. Welker tore his ACL and MCL on a routine cut last week in Houston. He will be sidelined for at least six months.

The Ravens are trying to exceed their road success in the playoffs. Last year as the sixth seed, Baltimore beat Miami and Tennessee before succumbing to Pittsburgh, 23-14 in the AFC Championship.

The Ravens will try to pull the upset yet again on the road. They have their work cut out for them, however. New England is 8-0 at home this year and 10-0 in the playoffs since 1978.

Last Week: The Patriots (10-6) fell to the Texans 34-27 in Houston. In a meaningless game, Wes Welker was injured and lost for the year. To add insult to injury, the Patriots blew a 14 point fourth quarter lead to fall to 2-6 on the road.

The Ravens in essence played a playoff game last week versus Oakland. If they win, they are in and they did just that. Baltimore held off a pesky Raiders team, 21-13. The Ravens were led by the rushing attack of Willis McGahee (167 yards and 3 td’s) and Ray Rice (70 yards).

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Ravens Get Back On Track Against Broncos 4

Posted on November 01, 2009 by Dean Hybl
Ray Rice and the Ravens ended a three-game losing streak with a 30-7 win over Denver.

Ray Rice and the Ravens ended a three-game losing streak with a 30-7 win over Denver.

After three straight close losses, the Baltimore Ravens took no chances against the previously undefeated Denver Broncos. The Ravens controlled the action throughout the game on their way to a 30-7 victory.

Neither team moved the ball consistently in the first half, but the Ravens took advantage of a fumble to score the first points of the game on a 43-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka.

A second field goal by Hauschka in the second quarter following the best drive of the half (10 plays, 46 yards) gave the Ravens a 6-0 halftime edge.

Baltimore increased their advantage on the opening play of the second half as Lardarius Webb rambled 95-yards with the opening kickoff to make the score 13-0.

After gaining only 64 yards in the entire first half, the Broncos marched down the field following the Baltimore touchdown. A one-yard run by Knowshon Moreno capped a 10-play, 86-yard scoring drive.

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NFL Week 6 Preview: Can the Ravens Recover Against the Vikings? 13

Posted on October 16, 2009 by Dean Hybl

Ray Rice and the Ravens will look to regain their balance against the Vikings.

Ray Rice and the Ravens will look to regain their balance against the Vikings.

Overview: What a difference two weeks can make. It was only 14 days ago that the Baltimore Ravens seemed poised to become one of the elite teams in the NFL. Now, following consecutive losses to the Patriots and Bengals, they are instead facing an early must-win game on the road against an undefeated Minnesota Vikings squad.

Last Week: The Ravens were out-played both offensively and defensively by the Cincinnati Bengals, but still had a chance to win the game. They were leading until Carson Palmer drove the Bengals 80 yards in the final minutes to pull out the 17-14 victory. The much-heralded Ravens defense has been struggling in recent weeks and continued that trend against the Bengals as they allowed 403 total yards, including 142 yards on the ground. The Baltimore offense had their weakest performance of the year as they were limited to only 82 yards rushing and 257 total yards.

The Vikings participated in little more than a glorified scrimmage against the St. Louis Rams. Minnesota handed the Rams their 15th straight defeat with an easy 38-10 victory. Brett Favre posted a solid effort connecting on 18 of 24 passes for 232 yards a touchdown and an interception. Adrian Peterson gained only 69 yards, but scored two touchdowns.

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NFL Preview Week 5: Ravens Look to Rebound Against Bengals 4

Posted on October 09, 2009 by Dean Hybl
The Ravens will look to recover after being tripped up by the Patriots.

The Ravens will look to recover after being tripped up by the Patriots.

Overview: After suffering their first defeat of the season at New England, the Baltimore Ravens must recover quickly as they face the surprising Cincinnati Bengals.

Under the direction of former Ravens defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, the Bengals are off to their best start in several years and very easily could have been undefeated had it not been for a strange bounce in their opener against Denver.

Last Week: The Ravens had a chance to win at New England, but fell just short in a 27-21 defeat. Joe Flacco had another standout day connecting on 27 of 47 passes for 264 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Ray Rice also had a banner day with 103 yards rushing and five receptions for 49 yards.

The Bengals needed all 75 minutes of action allowed in the regular season to sneak out a 23-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Carson Palmer continued his solid season with 230 passing yards and two touchdowns.
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Week 4 NFL Preview: Ravens at Patriots 3

Posted on October 02, 2009 by Dean Hybl

Willis McGahee and the Ravens will look to finish the deal against the Patriots in 2009 after falling just short in their last meeting in 2007.

Willis McGahee and the Ravens will look to finish the deal against the Patriots in 2009 after falling just short in their last meeting in 2007.

Overview: For the second straight week, the New England Patriots will be hosting a talented second year quarterback on an undefeated team. Last week they held Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons to only 10 points in a 26-10 win. They might have a little tougher time this time around against Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens.

Last Week: The Patriots looked good both offensively and defensively in the win over the Falcons. The running game finally showed some life as Fred Taylor rushed for 105 yards. Tom Brady was solid completing 25 of 42 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots controlled the ball for 40 minutes. The defense held Atlanta to 257 yards and 10 points.

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NFL Preview Week 3: Ravens Look to Stay Undefeated Against Browns 1

Posted on September 26, 2009 by Dean Hybl

Ray Rice rushed for 154 yards against the Browns in their last meeting.

Ray Rice rushed for 154 yards against the Browns in their last meeting.

Overview: On paper, this game looks to be a mismatch as you have a Baltimore team that has looked like a Super Bowl contender in the first two weeks hosting a Cleveland squad that has looked like a contender for the first pick in the 2010 draft.

Consider the team’s history of having a great defense and struggling offense, it is surprising that the Ravens have used their offense to set the tone in the first two weeks. They have scored more than 30 points in both games so far this season. Last year Baltimore didn’t reach the 30-point mark until the eighth week of the season (against Cleveland).

The woes for Cleveland cannot be solely placed on quarterback Brady Quinn. The Browns are allowing 30 points per game and Quinn has been sacked nine times in two games.
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