Ravens Dismantle Browns, Injured Colts Up Next4 min read
Going into any divisional game on the road is difficult across the league, so the Ravens win last week in Cleveland was far from a given. Luckily, Deshone Kizer is still a rookie and gave us an early Christmas present by gifting us two interceptions and a strip-sack in the end zone for a touchdown that sealed the victory. Although the Browns are still winless, they have talent in their front seven which the Ravens knew would make it difficult to run the ball. Danny Shelton is a monster at defensive tackle much like Brandon Williams is for the Ravens and Myles Garrett is simply a freak. Garrett will be nearly the same type of player as Jadeveon Clowney due to their athleticism and we have seen what Clowney has done to offenses all year. Ronnie Stanley made him a non-factor in this game though, which is a credit to how well Stanley played. If this game was any indicator, Stanley and Garrett will have great battles for years to come.
Since the Ravens were having trouble running the ball as they thought they might (Collins only had 19 yards on 12 carries albeit he was banged up), Joe Flacco had to air it out. He had an efficient day through the air going 26/42 for 288 yards and a touchdown. Flacco continues to look better and more comfortable each week so January Joe may be starting to emerge. As I predicted, Mike Wallace had to carry the bulk of the weight for the receivers and was only 11 yards short of surpassing 100 yards. While it was not the most exciting game to watch, all I know is that the Browns’ fans were rocking and there was barely anywhere to sit in the whole stadium!
Hats off to all the fans in unison rocking the orange. Hopefully, next time everyone will get on the same page. The Browns are going to Brown, and the Ravens took care of business to keep their playoff hopes alive. 1 down, 2 more to go back in Baltimore.
This week, the Baltimore Ravens play the Colts practice squad. You may think I’m joking, but the Colts just placed their 9th starter on IR for the season with other injuries as well. They don’t have their starting quarterback, two starting offensive linemen, a starting tight end, their back-up running back, kick returner, starting defensive lineman, starting outside linebacker, starting middle linebacker, starting cornerback, and starting rookie safety. The Ravens have had a lot of injuries like they do every year, but holy shit who are the Colts even playing at this point?! I’m pretty sure if I lived in Indy I would have gotten a call to at least be on their practice squad. They must just be grabbing the fattest guys from fast food joints around town to get some roster depth.
It is easy to see why the Colts are 3-11 and just got beat pretty easily by the Brocketship in Indy. The Ravens get to play these Colts that are on their way to the glue factory at home this week, so there is no excuse that we should not win by at least two touchdowns.
Offense: The Ravens should take almost the complete opposite approach in the game than the last game. The Colts are 29th in the league against the run, so Collins and the other backs should be featured early and often. Once we start gashing them on the ground, then the play action throws to the receivers and tight ends will be wide open. By pounding the rock consistently in the first half, the Colts will be gassed in the second and could let the lead get out of hand.
Defense: Our defense will be flying around just like they were last week to make it tough on Jacoby Brissett who has played pretty well with Luck out. As always, the Ravens will be stout against the run to make sure that Frank The Tank Gore doesn’t let them control the clock and keep it a low scoring game that would play into their favor. Double team TY Hilton please, the Ghost could cause some problems if we don’t.
Predictions: Alex Collins will get back on track this week with over 100 yards and a touchdown, despite getting less than 20 carries in the game to try to keep him fresh. Buck Allen will also have over 50 yards and a touchdown. Flacco has a modest day through the air with about 250 yards and three touchdowns of his own, one to Chris Moore, one to Ben Watson and a long one to Mike Wallace. Ravens defensively cause 3 more turnovers with two interceptions and one sack-fumble. Marlon Humphrey and CJ Mosley have the picks with Matt Judon wreaking havoc on the quarterback for the fumble.
Ravens win 38-13.