Michael Crabtree vs. Chris Harris:
If only Aqib Talib was still with Denver, this match-up would be the top of the list by a mile. But even subbing out Talib for Chris Harris isn’t that bad of a back-up plan. After all, Harris is an unheralded cornerback who does his job at a high level and simply doesn’t get noticed consistently for it. Harris has had his fair share of taking on opposing team’s top wide receivers and shows up every week. However, this week Harris will take on a very familiar face in Baltimore in Michael Crabtree.
Crabtree played for the Oakland Raiders each of the previous three seasons, so he and Harris have gotten to know each other pretty well by this point in their careers to put it kindly. There has been no love lost between the two, and there certainly won’t be any of the come Sunday. Both of these two have been tasked with being the top of their position of their respective team’s depth charts, which means we will see a lot of one-on-one fights (too soon?) between the two.
Joe Flacco has had a resurgence in 2018 and looks to continue that against the Broncos. A large part of his new success has come from the help he has at wide receiver, and Crabtree has been a big-part in this. The Ravens will need Crabtree to step up Sunday and make some plays on the Pro Bowl cornerback for Baltimore to have a chance.
The Denver Broncos present the Baltimore Ravens with an excellent task and should prove to be a well-matched battle in Charm City. Baltimore seems to be the early favorites, but that can all change very quickly. The Raven absolutely need to win the three match-ups previously mentioned if they hope to get their second win of the year and get back over the .500 mark.