Ravens Weekend

November 14, 2008|By Jamison Hensley

THREE THINGS THAT NEED TO GO RIGHT ...

1

Ravens' run defense continues its domination. The Ravens impose their will on teams when they take away the ground game. If the top-ranked run defense can do that to the top-ranked ground attack, the Ravens will send a strong message.

2

Supporting cast steps up in passing game. Even if Derrick Mason (dislocated shoulder) plays, the Ravens' leading receiver won't be at full strength. The Ravens need someone - Todd Heap, Mark Clayton or Yamon Figurs - to fill the void for Joe Flacco's most dependable target.

3

Keep forcing turnovers. In the past two games, the defense has forced six, which has led to 28 points. This could be a big bonus against a Giants offense that is tied for second in the NFL in fewest giveaways (nine).

... AND THREE THINGS THAT COULD GO WRONG

1

Eli Manning follows brother's footsteps. The Ravens' banged-up secondary would be in serious trouble if Eli starts throwing the same pinpoint passes that Peyton did five games ago.

2

Giants crack Ravens' red zone defense. With a power back (Brandon Jacobs) and a leaping receiver (Plaxico Burress), the Giants have the weapons to solve the NFL's best. When backed up inside their 20-yard line, the Ravens have allowed touchdowns only 33 percent of the time.

3

Ravens' offensive tackles collapse under pressure. The Giants generate most of their pressure from their defensive ends (Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka). The Ravens' beat-up tackles - Jared Gaither, Willie Anderson and Adam Terry - could get Flacco hurt if they are a step slow.

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