Week 10 Match-Up: Baltimore Ravens (6-2) @ Seattle Seahawks (2-6)
Game Time 4:05 PM ET, Sunday, November 13, 2011
Stadium: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
Baltimore will take a long trip to the northwest after coming off an emotional win in Pittsburgh. The key is for the Ravens, maintain their focus. Seattle has struggled this year but they also have given teams fits at times too. Seattle also boasts one of the tougher venues for home field advantage (CenturyLink Field).
CHALK IT UP:
Marshawn Lynch vs. Ray Lewis (D-line): Seattle’s running back in Marshawn Lynch had a monster day last Sunday against the Cowboys rushing for 135 yards and 1 TD. Lynch has the ability to take over games, the Ravens defense will make Lynch their number one priority. As a member of the Bills, Lynch rushed 27 times for 84 yards and a TD against Baltimore (2007) Currently, the Ravens are ranked 3rd in rushing yards allowed (86.8).
Seattle Pass Protection vs. Pagano’s Pressure: The Ravens ‘D’ played primarily conservative last week in Pittsburgh. The played man coverage with the safeties back to prevent the deep threat of Pittsburgh’s speedy receivers. The Ravens have 26 sacks on the season and Seattle has allowed 29 sacks. QB Jackson has been sacked 21 times this year and his offensive line hasn’t helped his cause. On Sunday, we should see more pressure schemes and overload blitzes from the Ravens defense.
QB Tavaris Jackson vs. FS Ed Reed: Ed Reed should have some success this Sunday. Seattle has struggled with consistency in the passing game ranked 23rd in passing yardage (208 yds). QB Tavaris Jackson has been battling a nagging pectoral injury; he has 9 interceptions on the year and has been picked off at least once in five consecutive games. Seattle ranks 27th in first down passing (81 total) and ranks 28th in passing TD’s with 7.
Seattle Safeties vs. Ravens Playmakers: Seattle might have problems, but you have to like their safeties. FS Earl Thomas has been superb and so has SS Kam Chancellor, who has 3 interceptions and 7 pass deflections on the season. Flacco will need to be aware of these talented safeties on the deep routes WR Torrey Smith. The Steelers limited Ray Rice by dropping a safety down, Seattle safeties might do the same.
Seattle WR’s vs. Ravens Corners: Job well done in Pittsburgh by Ladarius Webb and Cary Williams. They held the Steelers threat Mike Wallace to 68 yards and 1 TD. The TD was off a broken play. This week the secondary faces Sidney Rice and rookie Doug Baldwin. Baldwin undrafted out of Stanford, is tied for third among rookie receivers with 28 receptions for 434 yards and two touchdowns. The Seahawks just activated WR Donald Butler off the (PUP). Butler is one of the faster receivers on the team.
WHO MAKES THE HIGHLIGHT FILM:
Jonathan Scruggs: Haloti Ngata
There are few things that the Seattle Seahawks can do well, but they run the ball with the best of them. If they get their backs going down hill, Century Link Field can be a very intimidating place to play. Just ask Drew Brees. Bottle up the run and you bottle up the entire Seattle Offense. Haloti Ngata is just the man to make this happen.
Matt Jergensen: Joe Flacco
Flacco has earned high praise over his last six quarters of play. He needs to continue that trend against a reeling Seahawks defense. I think he will.
Gene Winner: Ed Reed
The ‘Ball-hawk’ is due for an INT. Last time Ed Reed visited Seattle he had an interception.
Ben Zinman: Ray Rice
The running game has been kind of quiet lately. Its time for Ray Rice to get it in gear.
– Opponent Preview: Seattle Seahawks
– The last time the Ravens traveled to Seattle was December of 2007, where Baltimore lost 27 -6. Troy Smith was the starting QB. Ed Reed had 1 interception.