As a Ravens fan, I can say that I’m quite thankful for the abundance of prime-time games lately (although we lost to the Falcons and Steelers in 2 nail-biters). Tonight will be another showdown involving the Ravens, but unlike the previous prime-time Ravens games (@NYJ, @ATL, PIT), this one shouldn’t be too close. Houston’s offense has some great players, but with the way that the Ravens defense has been playing, I don’t see the Texans scoring over 20 (that’s saying a lot). Now, on the other hand, after such a devastating loss to the Steelers last week, most of which has been blamed on the offense and Cam Cameron, the Ravens will come out with as much offensive firepower as they can muster. Considering every skill player has been to the Pro Bowl (Boldin, Mason, Houshmandzadeh, Heap, Rice, McGahee, McClain), it’s about time for the Ravens to get their offensive act together. Thankfully, the Houston defense is a nice and soft opponent to get the motor churning. Flacco and the Ravens take to the air and win 28-17.
*Disclaimer* Yes, I’m a Ravens fan, and I’m currently wearing my Ed Reed jersey as I write this, but come on! Would you put money on the Texans to win it? At least I used a picture of the Texans for the post!
*Update* To be fair, my prediction was accurate until about halfway through the 4th quarter. The Ravens came out storming and put up 28 points with ease. Then, just like they’ve done for the entirety of 2010, the Ravens made sure the game stayed close, giving the Texans hope with long, draining scoring drives. After tying it up, the pass rush dominated in OT and forced Schaub to throw an interception for a TD. Ravens won 34-28, in what shouldn’t have been a nail-biter.
LeSean "Shady" McCoy
You know how much I love to brag, so you should’ve seen this coming. Yesterday I predicted the game would be 34-24 Eagles, and guess what the final outcome was? That’s right, 34-24. Sure, it was practically a shot in the dark, but I can boast a little, can’t I? Anyway, it was a fun game to watch as the offenses duked it out. Probably my favorite part of the game was how quietly LeSean McCoy (he seriously has 4 capital letters in his name) racked up 120 yards and 2 TDs. He has to be the most underrated skill player on the Eagles. Everybody’s so concerned with Vick and Jackson, as they should be, so McCoy can use his skills to make big plays. Now, as an NFL Network commentator said earlier this week, imagine how awesome it’d be if the Eagles saw the Falcons in the Georgia Dome for the NFC Championship. That’d be nuts. Anyway, enough with the dreaming, I still think Green Bay will be right there til the end for the NFC.
Can’t wait for the other prime-time games this weekend! Ravens & Steelers on Sunday night and Patriots & Jets on Monday. Week 13 has to be, by far, the best regular season weekend this year. Let the best team (Ravens) win!
Just run, Cortland. Run.
Tonight’s game should be a lot of fun, if you’re into high-scoring offensive TD-fests. I mean, who isn’t? Isn’t that why Michael Vick demands so much attention from television audiences across America? He’s a freak talent, possibly once in a lifetime, with the shiftiness and speed to be a great skills-player (i.e.: PR, WR, RB) and the laser left-handed arm of a matured QB. The last few times we saw Michael Vick in primetime, he did more than an outstanding job – and those games were v. the Redskins and Giants. Now, come tonight, Michael Vick will be playing against the 32nd-rated defense in the league. If this game becomes a shoot-out, which it very well can with Arian Foster and Andre Johnson on the other side, Vick could potentially amass over 500 yards from scrimmage, and I wouldn’t even be shocked. I’d be entertained, but not shocked.
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