Both teams come off of different but equally heart-breaking losses in week four. Miami took their formerly 3-0 record into a Monday night showdown with the New Orleans Saints, but the offense failed to show up in a 38-17 loss. The Ravens played a close game with the Buffalo Bills, but an incredible five Joe Flacco interceptions prevented Baltimore from putting the finishing touches on a comeback, as they dropped to 2-2 thanks to a 23-20 loss.
Not only does this matchup appear to be very evenly matched, it’s also shaping up to be a heck of a value buy for fans, too. Ravens and Dolphins fans can catch it live for just $132 on average with a cheap get-in price of $28. That’s good for 16% below the average price of Dolphins tickets at home this season, which is somewhat surprising considering Baltimore won the Super Bowl last year and Miami has gotten off to such a hot start.
That pits the reigning Super Bowl champion Ravens against a wall whilst on the road, while the Fins need to prove their hot start wasn’t a fluke by standing their ground at home and keeping the momentum going.
To make that happen, Miami will have to pick up where they left off with the rushing game. Lamar Miller found early success with nearly six yards per carry last week, but once the game got out of hand, the Dolphins abandoned the ground game. That, plus far better pass protection will be Miami’s main keys to getting another win.
The Ravens, on the other hand, need to commit to Ray Rice. They didn’t do that at all through the first two weeks and held him out (hip) in week three, and after Flacco collapsed under his own arm’s mistakes, it’s become clear Rice is the direction this offense needs to be headed in.
With all that said, this has the makings of a very hard-fought game, with both teams having a lot on the line.