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5 Baltimore Ravens Players That Need To Step Up In Week 12 vs. New York Jets

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5 Baltimore Ravens Players That Need To Step Up In Week 12 vs. New York Jets

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Evan Habeeb-USA Today Sports

Welcome everyone to the Week 12 edition of five Baltimore Ravens players that need to step up. This week the Ravens are in a do or die against the New York Jets at home. Before we get to the five players for this week, let's see how I fared last week.

Last week something happened that has yet to happen to me before and quite frankly I'm embarrassed about it. I had two players on my list for last week that didn't even play in the game against the Chicago Bears. Those players were Haloti Ngata and Marlon Brown. Even though I generally do this column on Wednesdays, there's no excuse for two huge mistakes like that. I take full responsibility and will try very hard to make sure nothing like that happens again. In some more positive news, Jimmy Smith was on my list for last week and he played great. Smith pretty much shut down Bears top receiver Brandon Marshall all game in one of his best performances of the year. The other two players I had picked were Jacoby Jones and punter Sam Koch. Both guys did okay in the game but nothing special.

For this week I’ve compiled a good list of players that will actually play in the game. There will be no Ngata or Brown for this week; that’s their punishment for making me look bad. Who will be on the list for this week? Let’s all find out. Enjoy the show my friends.

Dan Abeshouse is a Baltimore Ravens Writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Danabeshouse82, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google

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5. Joe Flacco

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Rob Grabowski-USA Today Sports

Joe Flacco made two critical interceptions that gave the Bears 10 points last week. Both picks were bad too, not just those fluky tipped ball varieties. Flacco has a chance to bounce back at home, though, because if the Ravens hope to make anything of this season he will need to come through big time starting with this game.

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4. Ray Rice

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Stew Milne-USA Today Sports

I said that until Ray Rice actually becomes a factor then I won't put him on this list. Rice finally came through with his first 100 yard rushing performance against the Bears last week. It would be foolish to think that Rice could have a similar performance on the Jets' top ranked run defense, but that doesn't mean Rice can't have an impact. All I'm asking for is two big plays, whether they come out of the run or pass game.

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3. Tandon Doss

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Brad Mills-USA Today Sports

Tandon Doss is becoming more of a trusted target for Flacco each game. In what could be a low scoring game it will be important for Doss to make the most of all his opportunities to keep the chains moving.

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2. James Ihedigbo

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Evan Habeeb-USA Today Sports

James Ihedigbo had his big breakout game a few weeks ago against the Cincinnati Bengals, but even before then Ihedigbo had been playing really well in place of the departed Bernard Pollard. With fellow safety Matt Elam a little banged up it will be up to Ihedigbo to hold it down in the secondary and limit the big plays.

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1. Terrell Suggs

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Ron Chenoy-USA Today Sports

Oh, Terrell Suggs, where for art thou? That's what I was asking for most of the Bears game. Suggs was the invisible man, but with a must-win home game against rookie QB Geno Smith I believe Suggs will smell the blood in the water. It could be a long day for Smith.