Thursday, October 18, 2007

Things That are Certain: Death, Taxes & The Ravens go to 5-2


Is there any fear about the Ravens losing the game this Sunday in Buffalo??? There shouldn’t be. I know all the circumstances. Back-up quarterback, young offensive line, inconsistent game-plan and enough injuries that the Ravens training room looks more like a scene out of MASH. I know all that … but let’s just look at things objectively. Numbers don’t lie. And in this case, the numbers ALL favor the Ravens.

Buffalo’s defense ranks last overall in the NFL giving up over 420 yards per game. They rank second to last in the league in passing yards per game. What about rushing yards??? 25th in the NFL at over 133 yards per game. Those sound like numbers that even an anemic Ravens offense could put up points against. Or at a minimum control the clock for over 34 minutes a game, their average through six games so far this season.

The Ravens defense has been top notch over the last two games. They are giving up just a microscopic 66 yards per game, second best in the NFL. Is it possible that the Bills, who don’t even rush for 100 yards a game on the ground would be able to establish anything offensively? Trent Edwards will be under center for Buffalo on Sunday. If that doesn’t strike fear in the hearts of Ravens fans, I don’t know what will?? The Bills are second to last in the NFL in yards passing per game.

The numbers don’t lie. What’s that? Numbers don’t mean anything? They play the games on the field … got it. The “X” factor in this game. Yeah, it’s Willis McGahee. Numbers don’t matter to him. Rushing yards don’t matter to him. Not in this game. He has a chip on his shoulder and he is primed for his return to the city that just didn’t love him the way he wanted them to. Number 23 will be primed for his biggest break-out game as a Raven. Don’t be surprised when he gets booed out of Buffalo for a second time. Only he will walk out above all those boos and have his team at 5-2 headed into the bye week.

Prediction: Ravens 29, Buffalo 10
Mark Zinno, ESPN 1300

1 comment:

ravcol said...

I wasn't scared until now..