Week 7 - Oct. 20 - Baltimore @ Pittsburgh

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Finnegans Wake:
Don't like being the 2.5 favorite, but I do think we have a good chance to win this.  Have to do better vs. the run, and then double down on Torrey Smith and don't allow the long ball.  On offense, no turnovers, keep Suggs out of Ben's face, just keep slinging it to AB, Heat, Sanders, Bell. 

Feels like another 16-13 kinda game.  Hoping we come out on top. 

Preacherman0:
I'm really not seeing it. Hope that I'm just channeling my inner pessimist here, but I don't see how the offensive line can handle Ngata and Suggs. I think the Ratbirds will continue to improve on defense, and it's hard for me to believe that we can muster enough to stop the run game.

And then there's this:  http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/16/jarvis-jones-misses-practice-with-head-injury/  (Apologies for posting a Florio link)

On the other hand, the Ravoons have been known to soil the bed, as has their QB...here's to hoping he has a game/playcalling like he did vs. Buffalo. But I doubt it, particularly coming off their mediocre performance last week.

Finnegans Wake:
I just don't think the Ravens O is anything.  Rice has been dinged, and Pierce is OK, but the passing game is Torrey Smith, and little else.  The D is going to get after Ben, but if he can get the ball out quickly and avoid turnovers that's the key.  Hasn't Ngata been dinged up too?

As for Jarvis, well, what he done so far?  I mean, a couple of nice plays, shows some OK run stoppage, but if he sits a week it won't kill us.

aj_law:
Think the number is down to -1.  Depends where you look, tho.  This is Baltimore's 3rd road game of their last 4 games.

Quote from: Finnegans Wake on Oct 17, 2013 at 11:34

On offense, no turnovers, keep Suggs out of Ben's face


Key.

*initiate air quotes usage*

I'm not gonna call it a "must win" because in the NFL (16 game "season"), they're all "must wins," but this is definitely a "turning point" in their season.  Win and they're right back in it in the AFCN.  A loss puts them at 1-5; not mathematically eliminated, but might as well be.  Would likely finish somewhere in the 11-16 range and possibly flirt with a top 10 pick .

Was really hoping to have Brown at tackle for this one.  Beachum is gonna need a lot of help.  Maybe they can just line Adams up as eligible on the weak side for support the entire game.  Single back set.  Let Bell pick his spots when they run it.  Or, just go 4 wide and force the defense out of their base D and into nickel.

I don't see this one as a low scoring affair.  Both defenses are far from great and will definitely give up some points.  26-20 or something like that.

Preacherman0:
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Or, just go 4 wide and force the defense out of their base D and into nickel.

This.

I've said all year that I felt the Ravens would improve on D as the season progresses. We'll see if, for once, I might be right. Would love to be wrong.

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As for Jarvis, well, what he done so far?  I mean, a couple of nice plays, shows some OK run stoppage, but if he sits a week it won't kill us.

Thought he made some significant strides vs. the Jets, was hoping that might continue this week. We'll see. I have no idea what Worilds is, but it doesn't appear that he'll be much. I was just optimistic that Jones might have turned a corner, whereas Worilds pretty much is what he's going to be, it appears.

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