Ravens big battle with the Saints: Game day bullet points
Here are some game day bullet points for the big match up the Ravens have with the Saints:
- This is the classic battle between a number one offense (The Saints) and a number one defense (The Ravens)
- Drew Brees has beaten every team in the NFL except the Baltimore Ravens. A win would put him in historic company with Peyton Manning and Brett Favre. He can also get his 500th touchdown pass today, adding to his amazing legacy.
- The Ravens come into this game after a 21-0 win over the Tennessee Titans. Baltimore set a franchise record by notching 11 sacks. New Orleans is coming off a bye week.
- Willie Snead is a former member of the Saints. He will have plenty of motivation and he comes into this game having a great season. He’s totaled 30 receptions for 313 yards and a touchdown.
- Michael Crabtree had a bounce back game against the Titans. If he plays that way against the Saints, New Orleans could be in trouble.
- Look for the Ravens to get John Brown involved in the offense. Brown was the first player that Flacco really clicked with this season, but he is coming off two games with little production.
- Injuries could play a role in Baltimore’s effort. Alex Lewis, who has started every game this season is out for this game. James Hurst has been added to the injury report as questionable according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. Marlon Humphrey should play in this game, but has been fighting a late week issue.
- The Saints have scored 40 points or more three times this season and are the highest scoring team in the NFL.
- Baltimore has been getting great pass rush, but they haven’t needed overdo the blitz. Creating as much pass rush as they can with a four or five man rush could be the key.
- The biggest superstars for the Saints (Besides Brees) are Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas. These two players account for 84 of the Saints 149 receptions. As long as Martindale has a plan for Kamara, and Jimmy Smith holds his own, the Ravens have a chance to do big things.
- The Baltimore offense isn’t too shabby. Joe Flacco leads the ninth most productive offense in the NFL in terms of yards per game.
- Mark Ingram was suspended for the first four games of the season. In his one game return he is averaged just 3.3 yards per carry.
- Alvin Kamara averages 4.8 yards per rushing attempt. The Ravens have to keep him bottled up in the backfield, to make the Saints one dimensional.
- The Ravens have to be ready for Taysom Hill to be inserted into the game as a running quarterback. He has made some big plays for the Saints this season in a similar role as Lamar Jackson has had.
- Both quarterbacks have taken care of the football this season. Brees hasn’t been intercepted this season, while Flacco has just four picks.
- Flacco comes into this game with 1,788 yards and nine touchdown passes.
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