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Thursday -Night -Thanksgiving – Match-Up -Week 12
San Francisco 49ers (9-1) @ Baltimore Ravens (7-3)
November 24th, 8:20pm ~ M&T Bank Stadium
Quick turnaround for the Ravens who are coming off a much needed win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Now Baltimore takes on another physical team, the San Francisco 49ers who have an impressive record of 9-1. San Francisco has a strong run game featuring Frank Gore, as well as a dominant defense. The defense currently are ranked first against the run and first in points allowed. The Ravens defense is also strong ranked 4th overall in the NFL and the offense ranks 7th in points per game (25.6). Baltimore will be looking for some more of that ‘home cooking’ at the ‘Bank’ on Thanksgiving night.
The Harbaugh’s & Historic Meeting:
The Harbaugh’s will be the first brothers (Jim & John) to face as NFL head coaches. Jim and John including their father, Jack, have had successful tenures as head coaches.
RB Frank Gore vs. Ravens D-line: The 49ers attack with the run game and Frank Gore (4.6 rushing ave.) is their number one threat. If the Ravens don’t want to be steamrolled, then they must commit to stopping the run.
TE Vernon Davis/WR Michael Crabtree vs. Ravens Secondary: The Ravens gave up too many passing yards last week to the Bengals. They will have to improve and part of the challenge is containing a hot Michael Crabtree who had 7 rec. for 120 yards last Sunday. Veron Davis is averaging over 11 yards per reception. Another threat, Davis is a strong and dependable target, the Ravens might add safety to help in coverage.
49ers Linebackers vs. RB Ray Rice: The 49ers have a great linebacking core with ILB NaVorro Bowman, OLB Ahmad Brooks (6 sacks) and Patrick Willis, who wears #52 for a reason, he models his game after Ray Lewis. Cam Cameron has to be creative and get Rice in open space. When Rice has a good day, the team will be on the winning side more than not.
CB Carlos Rogers vs. WR Anquan Boldin. Clearly Carlos Rogers is having his best season with 5 interceptions. Should be a good match-up Boldin is also having a good year.
WHO MAKES THE HIGHLIGHT FILM:
Jonathon Scruggs: Haloti Ngata
Beating the Niners starts with taking Frank Gore out of the game. You have to force Alex Smith to be Alex Smith and that will start with a disruptive force like Haloti Ngata limiting the run game and making San Francisco throw the ball.
Matt Jergensen: Anquan Boldin
As long as Torrey Smith can continue to get behind the defense Joe Flacco will continue to give him chances. But as we saw last week when you respect the deep ball too much then opportunities open up for others. Boldin benefited last week and that trend should continue.
Gene Winner: Torrey Smith
When your hot, your hot. Smith is gaining confidence every game. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Cam Cameron come out challenging the 49ers deep in order to loosen up the defense underneath for Ray Rice.
Ben Zinman: Haloti Ngata
Ngata will step it up Thanksgiving against the 49ers with 5 tackles and a sack or fumble recovery.
For a detailed preview of the 49ers check out:
Opponent Preview: San Francisco 49ers