Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts: Keys To Victory

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Sep 28, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Jason Avant (81) makes a catch as Baltimore Ravens safety Darian Stewart (24) and cornerback Asa Jackson (25) tackle at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Key to Victory #1: The Secondary Must Show Improvement

We don’t know if Lardarius Webb will return Sunday after being a healthy scratch against the Panthers.  But really, will it make any difference at this point?  Many have speculated that Webb is simply out of shape at this point and he may be ineffective even if he takes the field against the Colts.

The Raven’s secondary has been the Achilles heel of a team that otherwise has few weaknesses.  What is encouraging is the improvement of Asa Jackson in week three.  He finally posted a positive performance and hopefully is headed in the right direction.  The Ravens need one of him or Chykie Brown to step up and at least seize the nickel job once Webb rounds into shape.

The Colts have not only one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL, but they also have a bevy of pass catchers.  Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener, and even Ahmad Bradshaw are all capable of giving this secondary fits. Coverage has been a concern in every game, but it is a huge concern against the Colts and their prolific pass attack.