Key #3: Take Advantage Of Home Field
A bit of a wild card here, but this is a major key for the Ravens. Aside from the crowd, M&T bank stadium can provide a different kind of home field advantage for the Ravens on Sunday. The high on Sunday is going to be a chilly 44 degrees. At this time during the year, Miami is averaging a temperature of around 70-80 degrees.
The last two away games for the Dolphins have been in San Diego and Los Angeles. I’m not a meteorologist, but I believe Baltimore is a lot colder than both of those places this time of year. Playing at a 40 degree drop on Sunday is going to be a disadvantage for Adam Gase and company. If the wind begins to pick up, it is going to be brutal outside.
From my football experience, defenders do not like to hit in cold weather. The birds have offensive players who love to drive their shoulder into defenders. Steve Smith and Terrance West especially can have big games if they use their physicality to their advantage. Matching up, the Ravens are definitely the more physical team and I like their chances on Sunday.