The Baltimore Ravens are 3-1 after their late game winning drive against the Pittsburgh Steelers, a similar victory the Broncos had last week. Both of these teams are going into this game with momentum. After this game, one team will be searching for momentum again.
Offense: Edge Broncos
Kyle Orton has the most passing yards in the NFL through four games. The only problem is that they don’t have a running game to compliment the passing game. They’re ranked dead last in rushing. However, this is not a good match up for this Ravens defense. The Ravens have a below average secondary that desperately needs Ed Reed to come back from injury. The Ravens’ offense needs to stay step by step with the Broncos offense to win the game. They also need to run the ball effectively to keep that Broncos offense on the sideline. With that being said, Ray Rice had a full practice on Wednesday and is expected to start.
Defense: Edge Ravens
Ravens are the best in the league in not giving up yards. Teams have only averaged 235 total yards per game. They don’t allow many points against them either. They’ve only given up 13.8 points per game. The one flaw in the Ravens’ defense is that they don’t force many turnovers. They have only two in four games. The Broncos don’t have a great defense that should be feared but they should be respected. The Broncos defense took a big hit in training camp when they lost one of the best pass rushers for the season, Elvis Dumervil. They still have one of the best corners in the game with Champ Bailey. That will be a great match up to watch up the entire game, Bailey covering Boldin.
Special Teams: Edge Broncos
Both of these teams are in the middle of the pack in terms of special teams coverage and returns. However, Broncos do have an edge in the kicking game. Every Sunday, countless games are decided by field goal. Ravens’ kicker, Billy Cundiff, has only attempted six field goals and missed two. Broncos’ kicker, Matt Prater, has hit all of his eight field goal attempts this season. It might not make a difference in this game or even the next but, it always comes back to haunt you. Just look at what the New Orleans Saints are trying to deal with.
Prediction: Ravens 24, Broncos 23
I have the Ravens slightly beating the Broncos. The Ravens are at home with their loud stadium. Ravens need that twelfth man on defense to disrupt the timing of the Broncos offense. If the Ravens have any more than two turnovers in this game, they will lose. You can’t give this offense to many shots on short field. This will be tough game that either team can win. That’s why we play the game.
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Written by Frisco Fahs