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Thursday, September 14, 2006

What's in store for us?

To really begin to analyze this week's matchup with the Ravens let's take a look at the Raven's shutout victory over Tampa Bay . Let's start with a peek at the Raven's offense.

Steve McNair completed 17 out of 27 passes for 181 yards and a touchdown. These stats may not blow anyone away but they are improved over what the Ravens have had to endure with Kyle Boller at the helm and they were done against a very solid Tampa Bay defense. This week our secondary will actually face a real test. If the Ravens throw the ball 25-30 times against us, I expect at least one interception from our secondary.

Jamal Lewis carried the ball 18 times for 78 yards and a touchdown and Mike Anderson added 7 carries for 25 yards. Thats 4.3 and 3.5 yards per carry respectively. This guys are talented but they are not as good as we had to face last week. After watching the tape on us from last week, I would expect the Raves to come out running the ball like San Diego did. 4:49 PM 9/13/2006

The Ravens defense ended up with 3 sacks and 3 interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. They had a good pass rush which is scary when you look at our offensive line. It is really up to Walsh. He needs to change up the offense for this game and we may need to keep a fullback in blocking or use double TE formations more often. A shorter drop on passing plays would help but would also limit the effectiveness of Randy Moss

Chris Simms completed 17 of 29 passes for 133 yards and threw 3 interceptions. Simms is an inexperienced Quarterback and hasn't really proven himself as a consistent starting quarterback yet. With a secondary consisting of Chris McAllister and Ed Reed, you have to expect they will make a couple plays but Aaron Brooks was very good when he had time to throw last week so I wouldn't expect to see more than 1 interception.

Cadillac Williams carried the ball 8 times for 22 yards. This is the stat that could really hurt us. If Lamont Jordan can't run the ball on this defense the Ravens will dominate the Time of Possession and force our defense to get tired by the fourth quarter.

All said and done, this will be a tough game against a tough team but it is not out of reach. We need to force the Ravens to make mistakes and keep working the gameplan against their defense.


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