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..
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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.