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Old 10-31-2009, 11:18 AM   #1
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Ravens vs. Broncos: Mike Preston's key matchups


Broncos OLB Elvis Dumervil vs. Ravens OT Jared Gaither

Gaither has missed the last two games and has been inactive for three weeks because of a neck injury. He gets to come back against Dumervil, one of the best pass rushers in the league. Dumervil is more power than finesse. He likes to use leverage, and like most great pass rushers, is relentless in trying to get to the quarterback. Gaither was struggling earlier in the season when he was healthy. The Ravens will have to give him help against Dumervil, at least until the rust comes off. Edge: Dumervil


Broncos CB Champ Bailey vs. Ravens WR Derrick Mason

It will be interesting to see how the Ravens handle Bailey. A lot of teams stay away from throwing at him. Bailey is physical and can run with any receiver. In Mason, he'll go against one of the better route runners in the league. Mason is the king of the comeback route. If you can take Mason out of the game, you can usually shut down the Ravens' passing game. Edge: Even


Broncos WRs Brandon Marshall and Jabar Gaffney vs. Ravens CBs Domonique Foxworth and Fabian Washington

The Broncos like to throw a lot of short, timing passes to Marshall and Gaffney, and both are excellent gaining yards after the catch. Foxworth and Washington have struggled this season, and they'll continue to get picked on unless they start making some plays. The key thing for the Ravens will be tackling and keeping everything in front of them. Unfortunately, the Ravens haven't tackled well this season. Edge: Marshall and Gaffney

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Old 10-31-2009, 12:46 PM   #2
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bailey vs. mason = even? baahahahahahaha!
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Old 10-31-2009, 12:56 PM   #3
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bailey vs. mason = even? baahahahahahaha!
He must mean "even" in the sense that Bailey will have the same number of catches as Mason.
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Gaither didn't practice Thursday and was still listed as questionable.
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Foxy versus Marshall? We saw that enough in training camp, and it was Man versus Boy out there.
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:00 PM   #6
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It's a shame will still the underdogs stupid experts can go suck a dirty dickhole
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Old 10-31-2009, 03:05 PM   #7
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Is it just me or has Champ Bailey lost a lot of cred with talking heads after his latest injuries.
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Is it just me or has Champ Bailey lost a lot of cred with talking heads after his latest injuries.
Thats a good thing. I'd love people to think Champ isn't one of the ELITE corners in the league.
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Old 10-31-2009, 04:32 PM   #9
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I give respect to Mason. I said in an earlier thread IMO Let Goodman play Clayton 1 on 1, and go ahead and roll a safety to mason early in the game to help Bailey.

Then stick DJ or some other good player like Woodyard to really dog Rice if he goes out for a pass.

Dawkins dogs Heap and IMO we could really get Flacco having to do things he doesn't like to do.

IMO he looks to Mason, then to Rice. Or he looks to Rice for a pass that was obviously his first read.

I bet Nolan has some good plans to take Mason and Rice out of the game.

For Broncos you can say let's take Moreno and Marshall out, but we have no problem throwing to Gaffney, Stoke, Royal, getting Buck and Sheff involved.

IMO Ravens much less versatile on offense and easier to prepare for.
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:17 PM   #10
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He must mean "even" in the sense that Bailey will have the same number of catches as Mason.


My thoughts exactly.

Ravens suck!
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:22 PM   #11
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I give respect to Mason. I said in an earlier thread IMO Let Goodman play Clayton 1 on 1, and go ahead and roll a safety to mason early in the game to help Bailey.

Then stick DJ or some other good player like Woodyard to really dog Rice if he goes out for a pass.

Dawkins dogs Heap and IMO we could really get Flacco having to do things he doesn't like to do.

IMO he looks to Mason, then to Rice. Or he looks to Rice for a pass that was obviously his first read.

I bet Nolan has some good plans to take Mason and Rice out of the game.

For Broncos you can say let's take Moreno and Marshall out, but we have no problem throwing to Gaffney, Stoke, Royal, getting Buck and Sheff involved.

IMO Ravens much less versatile on offense and easier to prepare for.
I would like to see something similar to what we do with elite tight ends, and have Barrett in a special package on Rice. I think our secondary can handle their recievers, but Rice scares me a lot.
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:28 PM   #12
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Ok, sorry to interrupt but I didn't want to start a new thread to ask this. Where's the Raven look alikes thread. Did I miss it? If not I'd start one but I don't have a clue how to even post a pic. I just don't want the mojo upset.
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:33 PM   #13
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Ok, sorry to interrupt but I didn't want to start a new thread to ask this. Where's the Raven look alikes thread. Did I miss it? If not I'd start one but I don't have a clue how to even post a pic. I just don't want the mojo upset.
It's there. Old Dude started it a few days ago.
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Our D matches up well I think. Heap is kinda scary if we mis-blitz like we did early last game. But other than that, I think we should have their number.

I think the question for us is if we can continue to limit our turnovers against their D and play okay on special teams. This seems to be a game where we could easily outplay them and lose because of a couple of big plays. That's the key to me.
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Foxworth sucks, he'll get abused tomorrow.
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We need to key in on Ray Rice....he can beat you running the ball and catching the ball out of the backfield.

Rice is averaging 6.0 yards per carry running the ball and is on pace for 88 receptions.

I knew he was going to be a damn good pro player when he was at Rutgers.
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Another concern I have when playing the Ravens is injuries.

It seems like every time I watch a team play the Ravens, they come away from the game with more injuries on average than when they play other teams.

Baltimore's physical brand of football is the reason for this. We need to match their intensity....we need to send as many of their players limping off the field as they do to us.

It's nice having a super intense and physical player like Brian Dawkins on our defense to match the intensity that Ray Lewis brings.
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Another concern I have when playing the Ravens is injuries.

It seems like every time I watch a team play the Ravens, they come away from the game with more injuries on average than when they play other teams.

Baltimore's physical brand of football is the reason for this. We need to match their intensity....we need to send as many of their players limping off the field as they do to us.

It's nice having a super intense and physical player like Brian Dawkins on our defense to match the intensity that Ray Lewis brings.
you know i think there is something to this. McD said in his presser today that they were hitting hard in practice, as hard as they have all season... I think that will help them prepare the the physicality of the ravens
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you know i think there is something to this. McD said in his presser today that they were hitting hard in practice, as hard as they have all season... I think that will help them prepare the the physicality of the ravens
I am and always will be a fan of Shanny....but physical teams always gave us trouble during his tenure.

Shanny's practices were relatively non-physical compared to most teams and I think that hindered us against teams like Baltimore.
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