Wonder: “Must use BOTH Jacobs and Ward in beginning of game to set up their MOST IMP weapon this game- play action pass…screens and dumpoffs not real good against Balt…much better to use misdirection and hit Boss or WR’s crossing behind the LB’s…play action will buy just enough time for that as well as suck the LB’s up…provided you BEGIN with Jacobs AND Ward…look for Plax and Toom and Smith to have BIG games.”
Some great quotes from Ray Lewis a few days ago:
“Not to take no credit away from these backs,” Lewis said, “but they’re running through holes so big you’re sitting there saying ‘What in the world?’ “
“You can get into any (QB’s) head if you get after him and really start confusing him and start hitting him the way they don’t want to get hit,” Lewis said. “I don’t care if you’re a rookie or a veteran. If you let any defense get after you the way our defense is predicated on getting after people, it can be a frustrating day.”
Ray Lewis is going to the Hall of Fame for a reason- he understands the game and he makes an impact on the field. Thank goodness he’s 33 and can move on sooner than later. Do you think that Lewis and the Ravens are going to allow for huge holes this Sunday? This is why I prefer Ward to get the bulk of the carries. He’ll hit these smaller holes faster (of course I want #44, let’s see if he gets playing time) and that will be important. Me? I use Jacobs as the human decoy and see him in play action stoning some poor blitzing soul.
As for the Giants defense, they have a challenge too. This is not the Ravens offense of the beginning of the season- Flacco gets better every game. But notice who the Ravens offense is dominating the past four games: the 18th, 25th, 27th and 19th ranked defenses. The Giants have the 3rd ranked defense and they will certainly not let this rookie QB and his offense put up 30 points. If Derrick Mason (leading receiver, game time decision) does not play, this is going to be a long day for the Ravens offense. Spags will stack the run and Flacco will not have the kind of receivers to take the pressure off.
Even though it is the 1PM game, I have to believe that Simms is doing this one. I want to hear his 945AM commentary on Sunday, that will tell us a lot.
In case you missed it from yesterday afternoon, Kareem McKenzie was arrested for DUI. Also, Webster practiced and he will (likely) play.