NFL Gridiron Gab Week Seven Preview: Buffalo at Baltimore

Ray Lewis, Ravens defense will have to watch out for Bills rookie RB C.J. Spiller

Opponent: Buffalo Bills

Record 0-5

Head Coach: Chan Gailey

No Letting Up

The Ravens are back home and are not be in a good mood after letting a win get away from them in New England last Sunday.  The good news, the Ravens are 4-2 after a tough schedule to start out the season. The other good news, we may see Ed Reed back on the field for some plays after coming off the physically-unable-to-perform list. There will be no letting up for Baltimore, they need to win this game.

The Buffalo Bills are coming off a ‘bye’ week and will be prepared to play in Baltimore Sunday. With their record at 0-5 they will be hungry for a win.  The team features rookie running back C.J. Spiller 4.2 yards a carry (19att/80yards) and Fred Jackson is the their leading rusher averaging 5.0 yards per carry (32 att/160yards).  Though Spiller has not yet been a huge component of the running game, he has excelled in kick returns, averaging 26 yards per return.

Where the team has struggled is the pass offense.

The team ranks 30th in both total yards (251.0 yds/gm) and passing yards at 144.6 per game. On third down conversions the team is 15 for 57.  Ryan Fitzpatrick was named the starter in place of a struggling Trent Edwards after the second game of the season.  Fitzpatrick did add a spark in game 3 against the Patriots, throwing for 374 yards with 2 TD’s.   He has thrown for 595 yards; 7 TD’s with 2 interceptions and has been sacked 7 times. Receiver Steve Johnson has been a favorite target, he has 4 touchdown receptions this season. Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish are effective receivers as well.

On defense the team has a capable secondary ranked 11th, allowing 200 passing yards per game. SS Donte Whitner and CB Leodis McKelvin and Drayton Florence have played well. Terrence McGee is an excellent corner, however is coming off a knee procedure. The defense is vulnerable in in defending the run, ranking last in the league. The team allows an average of 182.4 yards on the ground per game.

KEY MATCH-UPS

RB Ray Rice vs. Bills Front 7: The Ravens will try to expose a struggling Bills run defense.  After not playing next week, you can expect Willis McGahee to play against his former team as well.

CB Lardarius Webb vs. WR Roscoe Parrish: The Bills receiver has 14 receptions for 217 yards. Parrish is a strong receiver and can find openings int he defense.

CB Fabian Washington vs. WR Steve Johnson:  Washington will need to shut down one of the team’s favorite targets. Johnson has 4 TD receptions.

WR Derrick Mason vs. CB Reggie Corner: Yes his last name is Corner and he has filled in for Terrence McGee (recovering from a knee procedure.) If McGee does not get ample playing time in this game, it could be a favorable match-up for the Ravens.

OLB Terrell Suggs vs. LT Demetrius Bell: The offensive line has allowed 7 sacks this season.

NT Haloti Ngata vs. C Geoff Hangartner: Ngata is playing at a high level and will be matched up against a struggling Bills offensive line.

K Billy Cundiff vs. KR C.J. Spiller. The rookie running back has been an effective weapon in the return game. He is averaging 26 yards per kick-off return. His longest 95 yards for a TD.

WHO MAKES THE HIGHLIGHT FILM:

Jonathan Scruggs:  Joe Flacco

Joe took a beating in the media for his supposed outrage over Cam’s conservative game plan during the final phases of the game in New England. This week it will be up to him to take control of this team and beat the ever loving tar out of the hapless Buffalo Bills. I fully expect this game to end 117 to -2. Anything less would be akin to a loss.

Matt Jergensen: WR Anquan Boldin

This could be a game where the Offense is allowed to get multiple and throw the ball – a lot and attempt to knock the Bills off their feet early. I think Boldin is the beneficiary and should have a huge game. They can always go back to the ground if they need to.”

Gene Winer:  DT Haloti Hgata

Ngata is playing at a high level and has the advantage facing a team with a struggling offensive line.

Injury related:

The Bills’s offensive line will be tested over the next several weeks, starting with a huge challenge after their bye against the Ravens’ top-shelf defense.  Right tackle Cornell Green suffered an undisclosed injury in Buffalo’s 36-26 loss to Jacksonville on Oct. 10 and will miss a “few games” according to coach Chan Gailey.  With veteran RT Cornell Green expected to be on the shelf this week…come, rookie OL Cordaro Howard feels comfortable stepping in. http://blogs.buffalobills.com/

 CB Terrence McGee continues to recover from knee surgery to relieve pain caused on a pinched nerve. He has missed two games and has been given the entire bye week to rest and is expected to play against Baltimore.


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