It is getting repetitive to say that the Baltimore Ravens need a win. They are running out of chances to salvage this season into a potential 8-8 campaign. At 1-4 and another round of West Coast games up next, the outlook is not too promising.
The Ravens and San Francisco 49ers have fallen mightily since their meeting in Super Bowl XLVII and that is because they are playing the same kind of football. These are two teams that both believe in the running game. Both teams only have one win thus far and are struggling to close out games. Both teams have secondaries that leave you scratching your head, wondering what they were thinking.
The Ravens have done very little to convince you that they can go on the road and get an big win. Dean Pees’ defense has struggled to get off the field as the secondary has been scorched for most of the year. They have let some pretty average quarterbacks light them up, and Baltimore will also be without some key cogs on defense due to injury.
It’s not going to be easy as the Ravens could be without both Steve Smith and Justin Forsett. Smith told reporters on Friday that his chances didn’t look good for Sunday. Forsett practiced on Friday, but will be a game-time decision. If both cannot go, the Ravens offense will be lacking firepower with a group of unproven guys at the skill positions.
With all that, the Ravens still get a win.
Call me stupid, but I am one of those people who thinks the Ravens are still a better bunch than the record states. The NFL has shown us over the years that strange things can happen in the unlikeliest of scenarios and this will be one of those games.
Rarely have teams made the trip from the east to west with much success, but Baltimore is a team with their backs against the wall. The overtime loss to the Cleveland Browns was rock bottom for this team and they desperately need a spark to turn the season around. That starts in San Francisco.
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Joe Flacco is not having the statistical season that many of us envisioned, but is doing his part despite all the injuries around him. The defense has been the problem this season and they get a quarterback who is coming off his best game of the year. Colin Kaepernick is turnover prone and I like the chances of the Ravens defense making a big play, which this team has not done since Week 1.
This is the game where everything comes together for the Ravens. The offense has been consistent for most of the season even with the injuries. Last week I predicted that Javorius Allen would make one big play, and he proved me right with a long run late in the game. I expect another strong day from the former University of Southern California star with Forsett surrendering a few plays because of his injured ankle.
John Harbaugh has not acknowledged it publicly, but we all know he will do everything he can to beat down on the Niners for what they did to his bother Jim Harbaugh. Flacco has another two touchdown game – through the air this week so no sweet spike – and the Ravens get their second win of the season.
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