Hey Peyton, Remember Me? Ravens Vs. Colts Week 15
15 out of the 16 games being played at 1 o’ clock this Sunday have playoff aspirations at stake. The Ravens may have had back to back losses in the last two games of the regular season, but a win versus the Denver Broncos this weekend @ home will secure them a playoff birth in 2012.
Can it be done? The last time the Ravens lost back to back games was in 2009. They actually lost 3 straight to the Patriots, Bengals, and Vikings. The Patriots game was decided by 6 points (away), the Bengals game was decided by 3 points (home), and the Vikings game was decided by 2 points (away). If there were any team that could hand the Ravens their third loss in a row this season, it will be a team led by future hall of famer Peyton Manning, but they won’t go down without a fight.
Ray Lewis said Peyton Manning was the best quarterback he has ever faced in his entire life; he didn’t say that for just any ‘old reason. Out of the the last 4 games played against each other, the Ravens have gone 0-4 against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts (the other guys). Peyton Manning will certainly be relieved to play the RayLewisless Ravens this time around in 2012, but how relieved will he be facing his former quarterbacks & head coach Jim Caldwell.
Blessing is Disguise: It’s very strange for an organization to fire their offensive coordinator (Cam Cameron) when their team has a winning record (9-4), but maybe this was the best possible time for the Ravens to unleash Jim Caldwell’s power. Not only will the Ravens defense have a hunch or two about Peyton Manning’s on field tendencies, but if Joe Flacco needs to air the ball out all game, Jim Caldwell will be the man for the job to call all the plays.
Prediction: The Ravens still posted up solid numbers last week on the road against the Redskins as it was any one’s game. I don’t think their game/focus has slipped like it did against Charlie Batch in week 13, but I am concerned with Joe Flacco’s inconsistency at the quarterback position when he is under pressure. The Broncos have a phenomenal pass rush on defense with Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil so Joe Cool could be in for a long day. Luckily Ray Rice is a full go and Jim Caldwell will design the perfect balanced attack to defeat Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos @ home. I like the Ravens to be the only NFL team to make it to the postseason in the last 5 years in a row, and that starts tomorrow with a win @ home. The Ravens win this one, 31-20.