Sunday’s game against the Ravens and Patriots is important if the Ravens are still hopeful for the playoffs this season. The Ravens need to win this week’s game to clench a playoff spot.
The biggest question for Baltimore right now is will Joe Flacco play in Sunday’s game? The Superbowl MVP suffered a sprained MCL during last weeks game against Detroit and his game day status is questionable. Back up Tyrod Taylor has seen limited snaps this season but had great production during the preseason when he saw significant playing time. No matter the quarterback, it is always important to establish a solid rushing attack. This in turn will open up the passing game as linebackers are likely to expect the run when a team is rushing well. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce know this and will be ready to attack the Patriots defense.
The Ravens have had great run defense the whole season. With Stevan Ridley and the powerful LaGarrette Blount running the ball, Baltimore’s run defense will have to continue their trend. The secondary will also have to have a great game to get past Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. Brady is a dangerous weapon and the key to stopping him is well defended receivers and pressure. Watch for Haloti Ngata, Terrell Suggs, and Elvis Dumervil to rattle Brady and get him to the ground.
If the game comes down to a last minute field goal, we know one thing, Justin Tucker will make it. The second year player out of Texas has had an incredible year and is making headlines with last weeks 61 yard game winning field goal against the Lions. He has been very reliable and a comfort blanket for Joe Flacco.
The rest of the Ravens season relies on this game. Look for the team to be focused and ready to play as they exit the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday at 4 PM ET.
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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.