Gridiron Gab Preview Week Seven – Buffalo at Baltimore

Week 7: Buffalo Bills at Baltimore Ravens

Sunday October 24, 2010 1:05 PM

Line: Ravens -13 O/U 40

It was a tough loss for the Ravens to swallow last week. Hell the media, the coaching staff, and the players all spent most of the week talking about it. You heard barely a word on their upcoming opponent the Buffalo Bills. That’s how much this loss stung. Leading by ten in the fourth quarter the Ravens are usually a virtual lock to win the game, but this week Cam, and Harbaugh, and Mattison decided to take their feet off the gas pedal, which allowed Tom Brady to stage an improbable comeback. They did precisely what no team should ever do. Ever.

This week the Ravens face the win-less Buffalo Bills. Although on paper this seems like an absolute mismatch, you can never look past any opponent on the schedule, no matter how weak. As fans, we all have to hope that the emotional let down of last week, doesn’t carry over. With that, let’s take a look at this week’s keys to the game. Keys to the Game

Set the Tone Early

The worst thing the Ravens can do is let the Bills think they have a shot of winning this game. Even for a moment. They have to come out and absolute stomp all over this team from the first whistle. Think back to the game against the Browns, the Ravens came out flat, and the Browns managed to hang around late into the game. That sort of thing should never happen. That’s a recipe for an upset. This game is homecoming, the Ravens need to put this to bed and enjoy the celebration.

Tackle with Intelligence
With the new rules governing helmet to helmet hits, and hits to defenseless receivers, the Ravens must be on vigilant guard to protect against unnecessary penalties and or suspensions from the head office. I know the Bills don’t exactly seem like they’ll be presenting much of a challenge, however, the Ravens field a whole cadre of notorious big stick hitters and are prime targets for the NFL to come down upon their heads.

Control the Clock

The Ravens are a scant 60 minutes of football away from their bye week, and much deserved rest and relaxation. To get there quickly, the Baltimore Birds have got to control the clock, bleed it out and get this game over with quickly. Posses the ball, keep long drives going, and get the ball into the end zone. That’s the name of this game, efficiency and control.

Switch up the Running Attack

For whatever reason, Cam Cameron seems to at times all but bury the three headed monster rushing attack. This simply has got to to stop. Using all three backs at various phases of the game is the key to victory. Keeping Ray Rice in when he begins to spin wheels just makes for a flat predictable offense. The Ravens have got to learn to be more dynamic at the point of attack, much like they are with their receiving game.

Don’t get Cocky

Everyone knows that the Bills are not exactly the cream of the NFL crop right now. They are perhaps the worst team if all of football and seem to be in the midst of a massive tailspin.  That being said, every single man on the Bills roster is an NFL caliber player and has the talent to beat the Baltimore Ravens if they can catch them napping. The temptation to assume this is an automatic W is grand. Although I know the players will always tell you that they take every game seriously, it’s human nature to look past those we perceive as inferior.  Do not underestimate this team or they will beat you. Guaranteed.

Ravens Gab Predictions

Jonathon Scruggs (5-1)

Ravens rally behind the loss to the Patriots and absolutely dismantle the Bills. There’s simply no other way for this game to end.

Ravens 27 — Bills 13

Matt Jergensen (5-1)

“I actually heard a few people worried that this might be a “trap game” for the Ravens. Not a chance. The Ravens should be upset coming off the road loss to the Patriots. It was a game they should have closed out. They are also celebrating the 2000 Super Bowl team which should give the game an extra party atmosphere among the crowd. Finally the Bills are the worst team in football. They have a few players but not enough to match Baltimore.”

Ravens 27 – Bills 10

Gene Winner (4-2)

Back home and celebrating the 2000 Super Bowl!  That means the team is motivated big time. The Bills have had two weeks to prepare but are up against too much fire power with the Ravens offense.

The defense will look to contain the Bills running game and attack a suspect offensive line. Wouldn’t be cool if Ed Reed plays and gets a pick.

Ravens 31 – Bills 3

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