Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ravens @ Colts: A simple path to victory

The Ravens @ Colts just doesn’t seem to pack the venom that it once did. While some still can’t get over the Colts’ move to Indianapolis it seems that the majority has and it’s probably about time. The Colts have been in Indy for 24 + years now and in another 8 years this incarnation of the Colts will have been in Indy longer than they were in Baltimore.

Still, it’s tough to look at those colors and horseshoes without regrets…

Been there, done that, let’s fast forward to today’s game against Tony Dungy’s crew…

For me this game boils down to one question: Who will be more dominant, the Ravens’ running game against the league’s worst rushing defense or Peyton Manning’s aerial assault against a banged up Ravens’ secondary? This decides the game. All of the other allegedly insightful bantering amounts to nothing more than over analyzing. This is where the game will be won and lost.

Last week I begged the Ravens to take some shots downfield. This week, I will beg them not to. Pound the rock, pound the rock, pound the rock…and mix in some play action for short to intermediate throws and keep the clock chugging along.

Le’Ron McClain weighs as much as the heaviest Colts’ defensive lineman. That qualifies as a mismatch, don’t you think?

Pounding the Colts’ defense into submission rips out their collective heart, keeps Peyton Manning off the field and it quiets a hostile hometown crowd looking to witness its first victory at Lucas Oil Stadium.

On the other hand, there’s Manning and he is getting back into shape and that could spell doom for a Ravens’ secondary that couldn’t keep the mighty Kerry Collins in check with receivers that might sit pretty low on Hereford High School’s depth chart.
Frank Walker today to Peyton Manning is the equivalent of Christmas morning to a 7 year old. And ultimately, that mismatch will be the difference. They might contain Manning for a while but in the end, he’ll finish a big play or two that will weigh heavily in the game’s outcome. I just can’t see this limited secondary of the Ravens keeping Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison, Dallas Clark and Anthony Gonzalez out of the end zone. I also think Joseph Addai will be a factor in the passing game.

Oh and by the way, I hope I receive hundreds of comments on this blog post criticizing my mental capacities and whacked perspective on this game. I’ll happily accept a double serving of humble pie on this one. That said I can’t help but conclude that around 4:15 PM today, we’ll all be pondering the third consecutive game that got away as Manning guides a late scoring drive to clinch the victory. Colts 20, Ravens 16.


Derek said...

Tony if only you were right...... we would have had a game worth watching!

Harryos29 said...

Harry O 29 6:15 pm sunday nite
That was an embarassment. Harbaugh can have NO Excuse for that Terrible Peformance today.
Very Disappointed in the Team
.. no excuese for FUMBLES and Not attempting to RUN more...