This Monday night will be an epic showdown of two 7-6 teams as the Baltimore Ravens travel to play the Detroit Lions. Both teams need could really use the win. For the Lions, a win would keep them ahead in the NFC North as the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers are nipping at their heels. The Ravens are likely playing for the last wild card spot in the AFC and they need every win they can get.
This is typically the part where I list a few possible scenarios of what might happen, but I can already see where this game is headed. The game will start out like any typical bad Ravens’ road game. The Ravens will start out off with a nice little field goal drive that gets everyone excited, but a big play to Calvin Johnson and a Joe Flacco strip-sack later, Ravens’ fans will be shaking their heads wondering how worse it will get. Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley will hassle Flacco early and often, the Ravens’ offensive line will struggle; there’s no way around it. Reggie Bush is probably good for a big play as well, banged up or not.
Yes, the first half on this game will probably be ugly for the Ravens, but from they never quit. Flacco will get some time to throw eventually and when he does he’ll be slinging it all over the field to Torrey Smith, Jacoby Jones, and Dennis Pitta. It’s probably not a bad thing that the Ravens will be playing from behind. With the passing game starting to take off and the running game still struggling, the Ravens are probably better off needing a score to win, as opposed to running out the clock. The only question that remains is will the Ravens’ comeback attempt come too late? I’m afraid so.
Lions 30-Ravens 26
On the other hand, there may be something special going on with this Ravens team. Perhaps the miracle win against the Minnesota Vikings was fate, kind of like Ray Rice making the fourth and 29 in San Diego last year. Hell with it, I’m putting on my Raven fan goggles for this one.
Ravens 33-Lions 30
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