Tom Brady needs to be Ready, because here come the Ravens

Ravens Keep Winning The Only Way They Know How


Today, The Baltimore Ravens did what they have done for years. They played and won a football game the “Raven Way”. What is the Raven Way? Well, Terrell Suggs said after the game “There is a right way, and there is a wrong way [to win games]. and then there’s the Raven Way”. The Raven Way is ugly. the Raven Way is hard. The Raven Way is rough and tough and difficult. The Raven Way is the only way the Ravens know how to win in January. The Patriots are about to find out all about the Raven Way.

Anybody who isn’t satisfied with this win, go home, sleep on it. If you still aren’t satisfied, you probably shouldn’t be a Ravens fan. This was beautiful, inglorious, ugly, nasty, awesome, horrible, great Ravens football. This is the Way. The Raven Way.

I know that a lot of people are going to point to the poor stats posted by Flacco(they seem to be overlooking the 5 drops), or maybe the 2.9 ypc by Ray Rice. Maybe they point to the Defense allowing over 300 yards or over 100 rushing yards by Foster. I point out the scoreboard. because thats all that matters.

Let me tell you something else. The Ravens have a better matchup in New England than they had today. Lardarius Webb had an incredible game today(2INTs, 4 passes defensed, 6 tackles) he essentially shut down the man i believe is the best WR in football in Andre Johnson(only 2 catches for 31 yards against Webb). I love the way Webb matches up Wes Welker. The Patriots don’t have anything to compare with Arian Foster. They don’t even have anything close. The Patriots offense consists of one man making plays, that man is Tom Brady. I know they have The Gronk and Hernandez(easily the best TE duo in the league). Those guys are good, don’t get me wrong. But if you slow down Brady, hold the Patriots to 25 or fewer points. You will win the game.

The defense has to play lights out next week, and it starts upfront. the Ravens didn’t get a single sack today. that cant happen next week, they need at least 2 sacks, preferably 3 or 4 of them. The thing is, the Patriots WRs aren’t going to beat you 1-on-1 very often, so you need to blitz. blitz hard up the middle of the offensive line, Tom Brady loves to step up, if you stop him from doing that he becomes a startlingly average player. i saw the Broncos get good pressure up the middle exactly 5 times on saturday, those five plays Brady went 1-5 for 6 yards, no TDs and a pick. This is the number one priority for the Ravens this week.

the next step is stopping the TEs, the good news is that blitzing is the key here to, if the Ravens can get good pressure upfront The Patriots may have no choice but to bring in extra lineman, a FB or leave their TEs as blockers. if the Ravens can hold the TEs(collectively) to fewer than 100 yards and no more than one TD, the Ravens will win this game.

Now step three is all about Welker. The TEs get more attention but Welker is the key cog in the Patriot offense, stop him and the whole machine grinds to a halt. tight man coverage is the best way to do this, Webb is a great matchup with Welker, Cary Williams might be even better as he is about 5 inches taller than Welker.

The final key to the defense is that they have to take advantage of their opportunities better. i know the Ravens forced 4 TOs today (3INTs and a muffed punt) but they should have had at least 7. Ed Reed dropped 2 INTs that he would catch 99 times out of 100 and Ray Lewis Dropped one as well. Terrell Suggs could have had a pick in the third quarter if he had turned his head faster. Against Brady, the Ravens aren’t going to get 8 chances for turnovers, they absolutely have to make these catches. When Tom Brady makes mistakes, you have to make him pay for it.

On offense the keys are simple. protect Flacco. He cannot be sacked 3+ times. That is inexcusable. They have to catch the ball. 5 drops is completely ridiculous, Flacco should have been 18-27 for at least 229 yards(if the drops were caught and the ball wasn’t advanced). the Ravens WRs have got to hold on to the ball, The Patriot defense is one of the worst in the league, and among the worst of all time (third most passing yards allowed in NFL history). Flacco is going to find open WRs a lot. They just need to make the catches. Step three: feed Rice, he needs 20-25 carries. The final step is to not turn the ball over. The Ravens did a great job of that today and they need to continue the trend.

It sounds like a lot ,but really the Ravens just need to play sound, fundamental football and they will win. They are more talented than the Patriots. They are the better all around roster and they are by far the most complete team remaining in the league. They just need to play football that reflects that. Take advantage of the opportunities you get. Don’t worry about playing the Right way, dont worry about playing the Wrong way. Just buckle up your chin straps, give Ed Reed some hip pads (please Ed, for the love of God wear some on Sunday), and just play football. Let’s go win The Raven Way.

 

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  • DavidSimpson

    As a Pats fan, I agree with you that the crux of this game is Brady being upright. If Brady has time to find the mismatches amongst his tight ends, receivers and backs, they will run up and down the field and demolish your AARP-eligible Ravens’ defenders. And you want ugly? I’m talking 59-10 ugly. Why – because the oft-maligned Pats’ D wil put a couple of pick 6s up, and special teams will add another couple of TDs with run backs and fumbles returned. And the Pats will add a late TD if they can make it 66-10. Just because they hate your guts.

  • yogi_3333

    As a Pats fan, I agree with you that the crux of this game is Brady being upright. If Brady has time to find the mismatches amongst his tight ends, receivers and backs, they will run up and down the field and demolish your AARP-eligible Ravens’ defenders. And you want ugly? I’m talking 59-10 ugly. Why – because the oft-maligned Pats’ D wil put a couple of pick 6s up, and special teams will add another couple of TDs with run backs and fumbles returned. And the Pats will add a late TD if they can make it 66-10. Just because they hate your guts.

  • ltilley

    @DavidSimpson You think your third worst defense in history is going to hold the Ravens to 10 points AND get a COUPLE pick 6s and a COUPLE special team TDs. I hope that’s a joke.

  • ltilley

    Well this post calmed me down. After yesterday I’m thinking there’s no way we go into Foxborough and beat Tom Brady. But then I read this which is spot-on, in my opinion, and remembered the beat-down we gave to them 2 years ago in the playoffs and how we came really close to beating them last year in OT in the regular season and I get a bit more confident. I’m pumped. I’m feeling a 49er-like game for the defense but it’ll look a whole lot better seeing Brady on the ground than Alex Smith.

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  • ltilley

    @DavidSimpson You think your third worst defense in history is going to hold the Ravens to 10 points AND get a COUPLE pick 6s and a COUPLE special team TDs. I hope that’s a joke.

  • ltilley

    Well this post calmed me down. After yesterday I’m thinking there’s no way we go into Foxborough and beat Tom Brady. But then I read this which is spot-on, in my opinion, and remembered the beat-down we gave to them 2 years ago in the playoffs and how we came really close to beating them last year in OT in the regular season and I get a bit more confident. I’m pumped. I’m feeling a 49er-like game for the defense but it’ll look a whole lot better seeing Brady on the ground than Alex Smith.

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  • DavidSimpson

    @ltilley@DavidSimpson

    Pats were 3rd in the league in takeaways. Baltimore’s special teams are pretty solid, so perhaps that was wishful thinking. Baltimore is averaging 23.6 points a game versus the Pats 32.1, so my scenario still holds there, when Flacco tries to do too much knowing what damage the Patriots can wreak, you end up with one 14 point swing and one 10 point swing. Take 12 off Baltimore and add them to the Pats and you get 44-10. Y’all think you know the Patriots — and you sure as hell whooped our butts 2 years ago. Payback time, baby! Get out your hankies!!

  • yogi_3333

    @ltilley@DavidSimpson

    Pats were 3rd in the league in takeaways. Baltimore’s special teams are pretty solid, so perhaps that was wishful thinking. Baltimore is averaging 23.6 points a game versus the Pats 32.1, so my scenario still holds there, when Flacco tries to do too much knowing what damage the Patriots can wreak, you end up with one 14 point swing and one 10 point swing. Take 12 off Baltimore and add them to the Pats and you get 44-10. Y’all think you know the Patriots — and you sure as hell whooped our butts 2 years ago. Payback time, baby! Get out your hankies!!

  • EbonyBird

    @yogi_3333 @ltilley @DavidSimpson This game is going to be hard as any to predict. There’s so many variables including the history between these teams that anything can happen. However, I think it’s farfet

  • EbonyBird

    @yogi_3333@ltilley@yogi_3333

    This game is gong to be as hard as any to predict. There’s so many variables that go into it that it’s really going to come down to who wants it more. Brady is going to need time and if he gets it, it will be a long day for the Ravens D. It’s far fetched to say that the Pats will win by 30+ points. C’mon, be real with yourself. While anything is possible, I can’t see the Ravens allowing that many points and putting up so little against a weak defense. No matter what happens, this is going to be a great game filled with tons of emotion. I can’t wait.

    The defense is not as old as you think. Their secondary is extremely young if you take out Ed Reed as all their starting corners have been drafted within the last three years. Only four players on defense that are 30 or older come to mind right now (Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Jarrett Johnson, and Corey Redding) and they’re no slouches.

    Additionally, you can’t just hand out touchdowns based on stats. Where are you coming up with 10 and 14 point swings? There’s no way to predict those numbers, let alone for a playoff game. You’re just adding points to the Patriots making it seem like it’s a given that Brady will score every time he gets the ball. If you like statistics, here’s an interesting one. The Patriots have played only two teams that were over .500 this season and lost to both of them (Steelers, Giants). The only two teams they beat this year by 30+ were the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos last week.

  • EbonyBird

    @ltilley I was at the game yesterday and everyone was so negative saying “enjoy this while it lasts, we don’t have a chance next week,” but I couldn’t disagree more. While the Ravens have certainly played easier games, this is very winnable. I admit they didn’t play their best on offense yesterday but people seem to forget that the Texans have the number two ranked defense in the league. They’re very stingy and played ridiculously well yesterday. They also have the 2nd ranked rushing offense led by Arian Foster who we already held to 49 yards this season. It was ludicrous to think that he wouldn’t play well during that game yesterday. Switching from the Texans to the Patriots is night and day as they are polar opposites from each other. The Patriots have the 31st ranked defense and 20th ranked rushing offense. It’s all about stopping the passing game with the Patriots which is very doable by the Ravens if they get pressure. Terrell Suggs hates Tom Brady more than the Steelers so you better bet he’ll be in the backfield. The hardest thing with the Patriots is covering Gronkowski and Hernandez so the more pressure, the better.

    So many people have blown the Texans off this year but as we saw yesterday, they are a very talented, well coached team. To be honest, I was more worried about us pulling off a win yesterday than them going into Foxborough this week. Win or lose, I couldn’t be more excited.

  • EbonyBird

    @yogi_3333@ltilley@yogi_3333

    This game is gong to be as hard as any to predict. There’s so many variables that go into it that it’s really going to come down to who wants it more. Brady is going to need time and if he gets it, it will be a long day for the Ravens D. It’s far fetched to say that the Pats will win by 30+ points. C’mon, be real with yourself. While anything is possible, I can’t see the Ravens allowing that many points and putting up so little against a weak defense. No matter what happens, this is going to be a great game filled with tons of emotion. I can’t wait.

    The defense is not as old as you think. Their secondary is extremely young if you take out Ed Reed as all their starting corners have been drafted within the last three years. Only four players on defense that are 30 or older come to mind right now (Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Jarrett Johnson, and Corey Redding) and they’re no slouches.

    Additionally, you can’t just hand out touchdowns based on stats. Where are you coming up with 10 and 14 point swings? There’s no way to predict those numbers, let alone for a playoff game. You’re just adding points to the Patriots making it seem like it’s a given that Brady will score every time he gets the ball. If you like statistics, here’s an interesting one. The Patriots have played only two teams that were over .500 this season and lost to both of them (Steelers, Giants). The only two teams they beat this year by 30+ were the Kansas City Chiefs and the Denver Broncos last week.

  • EbonyBird

    @ltilley I was at the game yesterday and everyone was so negative saying “enjoy this while it lasts, we don’t have a chance next week,” but I couldn’t disagree more. While the Ravens have certainly played easier games, this is very winnable. I admit they didn’t play their best on offense yesterday but people seem to forget that the Texans have the number two ranked defense in the league. They’re very stingy and played ridiculously well yesterday. They also have the 2nd ranked rushing offense led by Arian Foster who we already held to 49 yards this season. It was ludicrous to think that he wouldn’t play well during that game yesterday. Switching from the Texans to the Patriots is night and day as they are polar opposites from each other. The Patriots have the 31st ranked defense and 20th ranked rushing offense. It’s all about stopping the passing game with the Patriots which is very doable by the Ravens if they get pressure. Terrell Suggs hates Tom Brady more than the Steelers so you better bet he’ll be in the backfield. The hardest thing with the Patriots is covering Gronkowski and Hernandez so the more pressure, the better.

    So many people have blown the Texans off this year but as we saw yesterday, they are a very talented, well coached team. To be honest, I was more worried about us pulling off a win yesterday than them going into Foxborough this week. Win or lose, I couldn’t be more excited.

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  • TynanPatrick

    @yogi_3333 the misconception about the Ravens D being old is a bit funny to me. the only “old players” they have are Reed and Lewis and they both had incredible games yesterday and easily could have finished with a combined 4 INTs if they had held onto the ball. i wouldnt get to ahead of yourself though, the Patriot D does force some TOs but they also get shredded on a consistent basis. Brady played great most of the year but didnt beat a single team with a winning record and the only team he beat with a top 10 defense was the Jets(who were awful for most of the season and were also throttled by the Ravens). im not saying i know who will or wont win the game but to think anyone will put up 59 or 66 points on the Ravens D is totally ridiculous. you can keep on dreaming that if you want to, just dont confuse the Broncos with the Ravens, the Broncos were 8-8 in the AFC west, the Ravens were 12-4 in the North(best division in football). they were 7-0 against playoff teams and 10-1 against top10 defenses. lets play the game first before we crown the patriots.

  • TynanPatrick

    @yogi_3333 the misconception about the Ravens D being old is a bit funny to me. the only “old players” they have are Reed and Lewis and they both had incredible games yesterday and easily could have finished with a combined 4 INTs if they had held onto the ball. i wouldnt get to ahead of yourself though, the Patriot D does force some TOs but they also get shredded on a consistent basis. Brady played great most of the year but didnt beat a single team with a winning record and the only team he beat with a top 10 defense was the Jets(who were awful for most of the season and were also throttled by the Ravens). im not saying i know who will or wont win the game but to think anyone will put up 59 or 66 points on the Ravens D is totally ridiculous. you can keep on dreaming that if you want to, just dont confuse the Broncos with the Ravens, the Broncos were 8-8 in the AFC west, the Ravens were 12-4 in the North(best division in football). they were 7-0 against playoff teams and 10-1 against top10 defenses. lets play the game first before we crown the patriots.

  • yogi_3333

    @TynanPatrick@yogi_3333

    Tynan,

    Your AFC North best division played 8 games against the 2 weakest divisions in each conference. So, let’s do it the old fashioned way, records against common opponents. Both teams are 3-1 against the combo of Jets, Pitt and SD. Balimore won by combined score of 106-78 (avg of 26.5-19.5 or +7 per game). Pats won by a combined 119-83 (avg of 29.75-20.75, plus 9 points per game).

    If we dig a bit deeper into the numbers, against that same trio of teams, Baltimore gained on average 308 yards and surrendered 300 yards. The Pats ripped off an average 388 yards and were shredded for 382 yards. Which is to say neither team is dominating both sides of the ball, but probably most accurately said, the Pats offense scores more than their defense allows. For Baltimore, their defense is able to hold opposing offense’s production below what their own offense is able to muster.

  • yogi_3333

    @TynanPatrick

    But let’s go 1 level deeper – both teams played 2 away and 2 home games in this quartet. The Patriots at home (2-0) won by an average of 32.5-21, an 11.5 point differential, while producing 475 yards of offense with the defense surrendering 362.5 yards. Baltimore away (1-1) was outscored by 27-18.5 (-9.5 point differential), gaining an average 290 yards whle giving up 368. Doesn’t bode well for Baltimore.

    At the end of the day, I still say that if the Pats do what they normally do, and force Baltimore to play catch-up, it will be a long cold day for Baltimore. Of course, that’s what I thought would happen the last time these 2 had a play-off encounter, so it’s all useless chatter…(but entertaining)

  • yogi_3333

    @TynanPatrick@yogi_3333

    Tynan,

    Your AFC North best division played 8 games against the 2 weakest divisions in each conference. So, let’s do it the old fashioned way, records against common opponents. Both teams are 3-1 against the combo of Jets, Pitt and SD. Balimore won by combined score of 106-78 (avg of 26.5-19.5 or +7 per game). Pats won by a combined 119-83 (avg of 29.75-20.75, plus 9 points per game).

    If we dig a bit deeper into the numbers, against that same trio of teams, Baltimore gained on average 308 yards and surrendered 300 yards. The Pats ripped off an average 388 yards and were shredded for 382 yards. Which is to say neither team is dominating both sides of the ball, but probably most accurately said, the Pats offense scores more than their defense allows. For Baltimore, their defense is able to hold opposing offense’s production below what their own offense is able to muster.

  • yogi_3333

    @TynanPatrick

    But let’s go 1 level deeper – both teams played 2 away and 2 home games in this quartet. The Patriots at home (2-0) won by an average of 32.5-21, an 11.5 point differential, while producing 475 yards of offense with the defense surrendering 362.5 yards. Baltimore away (1-1) was outscored by 27-18.5 (-9.5 point differential), gaining an average 290 yards whle giving up 368. Doesn’t bode well for Baltimore.

    At the end of the day, I still say that if the Pats do what they normally do, and force Baltimore to play catch-up, it will be a long cold day for Baltimore. Of course, that’s what I thought would happen the last time these 2 had a play-off encounter, so it’s all useless chatter…(but entertaining)

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