Wednesday, September 27, 2006

2 1/2 POINT DOGS AT HOME? ARE U KIDDING ME?

I find it hard to believe that the Chargers are 2 ½ point favorites in our crib! Some might say that the Ravens offense or lack thereof has oddsmakers shying away from the Ravens. Should they be concerned? Absolutely! But dogs in our back yard? To borrow from Larry The Cable Guy, “Now that ain’t right. I don’t care who you are, that there ain’t right.”

Who have the Chargers beaten? You could make the argument that the strength of their two victories pales in comparison to even the strength of the Ravens three victories. They have a young untested QB coming into Baltimore to face a defense that treats inexperienced signal callers in the shark invested “waters” of M&T Bank Stadium the way that a mako treats bloody chum.

Sure the Chargers have Shawne Merriman. Sure they have LaDainian Tomlinson. But the Ravens are giving up 1.8 yards per carry and the object of their collective desire on Sunday will be LT. And if they take him out of the game and force the Chargers to be one dimensional, how will Philip Rivers adapt to the crowd noise and the fury of the league’s best pass rush? Here’s a guy who hasn’t even been sacked yet and has been asked to throw the football only 47 times!

Give me a break!

Generally speaking, home field represents a 3 point swing. Therefore oddsmakers see the Chargers as 5 ½ points better than the Ravens on a neutral field.

Sorry….that doesn’t quite register.

And while it’s hard to imagine an easy Ravens win given their offensive struggles, I expect them to continue doing what they’ve been doing to get to 3-0 – force turnovers. Part of that is up to all of you!

When that whistle blows on Sunday signaling the opening kickoff, think of The Gladiator and “Unleash hell!”

If so, at 4:15 on Sunday the Ravens will be 4-0!

1 comments :

ebuckner@profootball24x7.com said...

The Ravens are clearly not getting enough respect for being 3-0. Too many fans are worried about the offense. Others say that we haven't played anybody yet. The truth is that the team is playing at a much higher level this year. This is the NFL, and if you don't play well, you don't win regardless as to who the competition is. Last year through 3 games the Ravens were 1-2 and everybody thought that Tennessee and the NY Jets were pushovers. But just as 1-2 is real, so are these numbers. In 2006, the Ravens have 11 takeaways and 1 turnover. At the same point last year, they had 1 takeaway and 6 turnovers. Bottom line: The team is playing solid football, so forget this nonsense that we haven't played anybody yet.