This week’s game is going to be a cold one! With a snowstorm overhead, the Vikings are in their comfort zone, hopefully the Ravens can stay focused and play like they have the past two weeks. Here’s what to look for:
Protecting Joe Flacco should be the #1 priority for the Ravens heading into week 14. Flacco will have plenty of pressure on him as the Vikings Pro-Bowl DE Jared Allen will be trying anything and everything he can to get Flacco on the ground. When “Cool Joe” is given time to make reads and set his feet, he has proven that he is one of the best QB’s in the league. Watch for Torrey Smith to be the main target. Smith has accumulated 952 yards thus far for the Ravens and four touchdowns. He averages a team high 17.6 yards per catch, which shows he is a big play threat and has a unique ability to stretch the field. Dennis Pitta has been activated for this game, look for him to make a strong come back while also being a little hesitant in the beginning.
Run defense will be the key to coming out on top of this week’s matchup. The Viking’s Adrian Peterson is something else, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and accumulating over 1200 yards already this season. Watch for Haloti Ngata and Arthur Jones to be plugging up the middle of the Viking’s Offense while Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil will be setting contain on the edges. Daryl Smith should see plenty of action today as he’s plugging the gaps and stopping the run.
Justin Tucker has been nothing short of clutch this season. He has made 31 of his attempts this season and has gained special teams player of the week honors twice this year. Watch for Tucker to continue his excellent kicking performance and for the Raven’s speedster Jacoby Jones to make big plays on Kickoff Return and Punt Return.
The Ravens are ranked second in the division so a win today could help propel them to the top spot.
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Written by Brandie
Brandie is a graduate from Utah State University where she competed as a Division 1 gymnast. Growing up in the DC area Brandie has always been a fan of the Baltimore Ravens and is honored to have the privilege to write about them.