It's not easy losing one of the R&B greats, but the Ravens visit the Colts in a divisional round matchup that features some of Teddy Pendergrass' (Theodore as my mother call him) great classic tunes. Will the Ravens be able to stop Peyton Manning and the Colts, or will it be a “Love TKO”?
It all comes down to the main man, QB Joe Flacco. Plain, vanilla and simple Flacco has to bring it. He has been suffering from a hip injury to his right leg that is effecting his follow through and causing his passes to sail high (thank goodness for some acrobatic receivers). We all know that the offensive game plan for Cam Cameron is to call a majority of running plays. Yes, Ray Rice and a rejuvenated Willis McGahee will be able to pound it up the middle on the Colts, but the game will live and die on big plays from Flacco.”Think I better let it go” and throw the rock.
Everyone in the NFL knows that you can throw dimes on the Ravens secondary and hit the jackpot. However, in last week's game Domonique Foxworth, Chris Carr and Frank Walker played the best game of the season. On Saturday, they are going to have to “Close the Door” on Peyton's favorite targets Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. Let's not forget the youngen' Pierre Garcon. It won't be easy against Peyton because he makes an automatic deposit on anyone's mistake, especially in the secondary. As with every game, it is not in the best interest of the penalty game for the Ravens to “Reach Out (and Touch Somebody's Hand).”
Peyton respects Ray and Ray respects Peyton. They have both seen each other enough times playing a chess match that they sing “If You Don't Know Me by Now” (Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes). Greg Mattison had his team eating Tom Brady for Sunday brunch last week, however, this will be a different look with a healthier QB. Getting to Peyton early and often from up the middle is key for Ray and the D.
Only scoring with field goals will not help the Ravens just like it's didn't help them in their Week 11 loss to the Colts, 15-17. Touchdown Jesus will be somewhere on Lucas Oil Field and history tells us that domes generate more points. Bless the Ravens with some TD's or else it will be “Turn Off the Lights” and light a candle this the post season.
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Written by Lea Anderson