There is a hunger that is exhibited after one has had a night of debauchery that includes dancing, drinking and sweet talking that fine honey or handsome fox at the bar. This hunger is only fulfilled with a fast food joint, doubles (Trinidad!) or the Chinese food spot that serves up some nice fried chicken wings and French fries at 5am in the morn'. After a much needed bye week that came after 3 straight losses in the final minutes, the Ravens return to action at The Nest versus the undefeated Denver Broncos (6-0) to hopefully feast on a win.
The Ravens can no longer hide in disguise of their former defensive glory because the Broncos are going to test the struggling defense that is giving up 332.7 yards per game and is ranked #19. It's no secret that CB Fabian Washington was given the “ho sit down” treatment by Jim Harbaugh in the second half of Ravens loss to the Vikings. His counterpart Domonique Foxworth is not earning his $7million check with missed tackles and bad angles (but it's guaranteed he is not missing his house or car “notes”). So what is a secondary to do? Get hungry, play “Hungry, Hungry Hippos” or something because WR Brandon Marshall is licking his chops ready to have a 5-course meal courtesy of Daniel Boulud.
The Tubbies on the Line will possibly welcome back OT Jared Gaither, who was spotted hungry and practicing this week, but Harbaugh is being vague about if he will play and where. The Ravens ROY candidate outside Tubby Michael Oher has held his corner block down protecting QB Joe Flacco's blindside. If the Ravens are to stop the league-leading sack master Broncos LB Elvis Dumervil, they will have to bring a mix of protection with FB Le'Ron McClain and TE Todd Heap to keep Flacco upright and throwing dimes. Facing a defense that includes Pro Bowl CB Champ Bailey, Flacco will be keeping his good eye on Bailey and be opportunistic with the chances he does have against the #2 ranked Broncos defense that is only giving up only 11 points per game.
At this point last year, the Ravens were 3-3 and went on to appear in the AFC Championship game. With both the Steelers and Bengals on bye weeks, it is imperative for the Ravens to come out hungry – to not only win, but to keep pace in the division. Time to chow down…
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Written by Lea Anderson