Number 5 Plays Heavily Into Ravens, Dolphins Matchup


Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Numerology: The study of the purported divine, mystical or other special relationship between a number and some coinciding observed (or perceived) events.

It’s not really my thing. But the strangest thing jumped out at me as I was delving into this week’s Ravens matchup against the Dolphins…the number 5…over and over and over again.

(Insert the Theme from the Twilight Zone here.)

  • The Ravens have played the Dolphins 10 times, splitting the series, 5-5.
  • This will be game number five of the season for both teams.
  • The Dolphins gave up five touchdowns to New Orleans on Monday.
  • The Ravens haven’t lost to Miami in five years.
  • Miami has intercepted opponents five times this year.
  • Joe Flacco, number 5, comes off a 5-interception game, where he was 25 for 50.
  • The Dolphins averaged five yards per punt return against the Saints.
  • Torrey Smith led the Ravens last week with five receptions.
  • Ray Rice had only five carries last week. (sad)
  • Miami’s place kicker, Caleb Sturgis, scored five points versus New Orleans.
  • The Raven’s averaged 5.5 yards per play against the Bills.
  • Dolphins QB, Ryan Tannehill has thrown…you guessed it, five touchdowns this season.
  • So has Joe Flacco!
  • Tannehill has also thrown five interceptions this year.
  • Terrell Suggs, number 55, may receive a five-figure fine for saying Roger Goodell had something to do with last year’s Watt-er Gate scandal during the Super Bowl.

Coincidence or a sign – what all this means is anyone’s guess.

Hopefully, it means the Ravens will ramp up the offense within the first five minutes of Sunday’s game. Or maybe they begin a five game winning streak against Miami. At the very least, the Ravens must fly home from Miami with a 5…as in “V” for victory!

My prediction: Ravens win, 25-15.