5 Baltimore Ravens Players Who Will Shine in Week 2
5 Baltimore Ravens Players Who Will Shine In Week 2
The Baltimore Ravens will be entering a must win situation this Sunday in their home opener against the Cleveland Browns. On opening night the defending Super Bowl champions had the Denver Broncos on the ropes early on, but after a few misfortunes they were on the wrong side of a 49-27 beat down. What could have been? No need to cry over spilled milk, though, because the Ravens have a good chance to even up this week going against a team that they have ten consecutive victories over.
The odds of an 11th straight win against the Browns appear likely as the Ravens are one of the best home teams in the league. In the past two seasons the Ravens have gone 14-2 in regular season home games, including a perfect 8-0 in 2011. M&T Bank Stadium is one of the loudest stadiums I’ve ever been to, and I could only imagine how hard it would be for a road team to play there. For this particular game the noise will probably be even more amped up than normal, since this will be the home opener. The Ravens should have opened up at home on September the 5, but it was wrongfully taken away from them because a freaking baseball game couldn’t be moved. Needless to say there will be a lot of pent up aggression unleashed by the 70,000 plus that day.
The following are the five Ravens players that will shine the brightest on this banner raising Sunday. Enjoy the show..
Read more from Dan Abeshouse here
This has all the makings of a huge Ray Rice day. I’m seeing around 125-150 yards rushing and around 75-100 yards receiving. I also see Rice breaking two big runs in this game possibly one rushing and one receiving
Marlon Brown was thrust into the No. 2 receiver spot by default after Jacoby Jones was injured in the Bronco game. Brown kept his momentum from the preseason going with yet another touchdown reception last Thursday. With Brown firmly entrenched in that No. 2 role I expect a big game out of him this week. Brown might be a new star in the making.
There’s no doubt that Dallas Clark had a rough outing in Denver. Despite his struggles he was still targeted 13 times and finished the game with seven catches for 85 yards. I still have decent expectations for Clark and will look for him to bounce back here.
Elvis Dumervil had a great preseason, but didn’t make much of an impact against his former team the Broncos despite getting a sack of Peyton Manning. This seems like a good spot for Dumervil to have his coming out party for the Ravens, especially considering that the Browns' offensive line gave up six sacks and allowed 16 hits on QB Brandon Weeden last week.
The great game I’m expecting from Dumervil with have a domino effect for the Ravens secondary. Lardarius Webb returned to action last week after an ACL tear ended his 2012 campaign. The Ravens will generate a good pass rush all day and Webb will take advantage. I’ll even go out on a limb and call a pick six for Webb.
Six players who can replace Junior Galette for the New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints had an unexpectedly exciting final weekend before training camp, parting ways with embattled 2013 and 2014 sack leader Junior Galette due to a series of off-field incidents. At any rate, the Saints have six candidates in place to pick up the slack and try to reproduce Galette’s tremendous pressure coming off the edge. They are a diverse group of highly-touted rookies, promising second-year athletes, and seasoned veterans in the twilight of their careers. Read More
Four things to know about Kansas City Chiefs DT Dontari Poe and when he could play
When will Dontari Poe be back on the field? Week 1? Week 10? Some answers... Read More
Under Pete Carroll, the Seahawks have dominated the NFL in late games
Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks totally dominate the NFL in night games. Read More
Eight photos from San Diego Chargers camp so far that’ll make you wish you were there
The Chargers are officially in camp and the Internet is documenting nearly every second of it. Read More
Three potential fantasy football stars for the San Francisco 49ers in 2015
Three potential fantasy stars for the 49ers in 2015. Read More
Breaking down Dri Archer and his role(s) on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster
It's amazing how much changes in one year. Last training camp, writers like me were simply gushing over the possibilities Dri Archer's 4.26 speed could bring to the Steelers offense in 2014. The only caveat was his size (5'8”, 173 lbs). To compensate for Archer's lack of girth and muscle and to best utilize his speed, getting Archer out in space, away from those big, angry defenders looking to throw him around like a rag doll, would be key to him making an impact in his rookie season and beyond. Will he find a spot on the Steelers 53-man roster? Read More
WATCH: Tom Brady catches an epic one-handed TD from Julian Edelman in practice
Here's some good news in the Tom Brady department: He's catching touchdown passes! Read More