3 Things

Ravens Weekend

November 21, 2008|By Jamison Hensley

THREE THINGS THAT NEED TO GO RIGHT ...

1

Protect Joe Flacco. The Ravens' banged-up offensive line has to keep its rookie quarterback safe. The Eagles are tied for the NFL lead with 36 sacks.

2

Limit big plays in the passing game. A secondary that is missing two starters for the season has to hold up against the Eagles, who rank third in the league with 36 pass plays of 20 yards or more.

3

Force turnovers by Donovan McNabb. The Eagles quarterback has thrown five interceptions in the past three games after throwing just three in the first seven games.

... AND THREE THINGS THAT COULD GO WRONG

1

The running game struggles. The best barometer of the Ravens' success is their ground attack. The Ravens are 0-4 when they rush for fewer than 140 yards as a team.

2

Brian Westbrook reverses ground. The usually dangerous Philadelphia running back has been hindered by a knee injury, but he could break out at any time. In the past three games, Westbrook has been held to fewer than 100 combined yards and has failed to score a touchdown.

3

Matt Stover is off the mark again. The Ravens' traditionally reliable kicker has already missed as many field-goal attempts (five) as he did all last season.

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