5 Baltimore Ravens Players Who Need To Step Up In Week 11 vs. Chicago Bears
5 Baltimore Ravens Players That Need To Step Up In Week 11 vs. Chicago Bears
Are we all ready for this week's edition of Baltimore Ravens players who need to step it up? I can't hear you. All lame jokes aside, the Ravens will be playing their fourth "must-win" game in a row as they travel to play the Chicago Bears. The Bears are 5-4 and look to stay in the NFC North chase after losing for a second time to their little brother Detroit Lions.
In last week's edition, the five Ravens players I said needed to step up were Joe Flacco, Torrey Smith, Daryl Smith, Tandon Doss and Elvis Dumervil. I don't get to gloat often, so I'm going to enjoy this very much so. In regards to Dumervil, I said I was still waiting for that one game where he just terrorizes the opposing QB, the big three-sack game I called for, Dumervil delivered in last week's victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. All the other guys I mentioned did well, too. Doss had a few nice punt returns, Flacco made some big plays when he had too and T. Smith had a few nice catches, including a touchdown. D.Smith and the rest of the defense pretty much held Giovanni Bernard in check (excluding an 18 yard TD run).
The Ravens will have their work cut out for them again and will need to bring their A game on road. The following five players will need to step it up this week if the Ravens hope to get back to .500. As always, enjoy the show.
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How do you help counteract big physical receivers like Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey? With a big physical cornerback, of course. Jimmy Smith is finally playing up to his first-round potential in 2013. In fact, the entire Ravens secondary has been playing great as of late, with the best coming in last weeks crucial win against the Bengals. Smith and the rest of the DBs will have a tough test this week, but I'm confident they can keep Marshall and Jeffrey somewhat bottled up.
Be still, my beating heart. Was that a spry Haloti Ngata I saw on this past Sunday? I could definitely go for a little more of that. Keep disrupting the middle and keep Matt Forte bottled up, because if that dude gets going... well, I'll spare you all that cliché.
If Anquan Boldin was still a Raven, then this would be his type of game. Since he's not here and Marlon Brown is the closest to resembling him, I'll give him the honors this week. Got to keep going with the big and physical theme here. Move those chains and be a beast in the red zone.
This is now the second time I've had punter Sam Koch on one of these lists. The weather forecast for this Sunday in Chicago has a 50 percent chance of rain and winds around 15 mph. Potentially bad weather conditions usually means a lower scoring game and who is the one of the most important players in games like that? The third-string QB! No, the punter you silly gooses. After a couple of bad games, Koch was looking like his old self against the Bengals this week. Koch will be the man when the offense sputters which is bound to happen a few times this week.
I called it last week with Dumervil and I'll attempt to do the same here. I'm calling for a well-timed Jacoby Jones special teams touchdown. Take that, Devin Hester. Like that won't come back to haunt me.