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Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-17


Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-10-17
The Ravens lost their first offensive starter for the season, when right guard Marshal Yanda tore three ligaments in his right knee.


The team wanted to shift right tackle Adam Terry to guard, but he is still slowed by a knee injury. That means Chris Chester, who had converted to tight end, goes back to guard.

Willie Anderson will continue to fill in for Terry at right tackle.

"It's a big blow," Harbaugh said. "Yanda is a Raven in every way. He's really played well. He's been an anchor for our offensive line."

PLAYER NOTES

--RB Willis McGahee has averaged 91.8 yards rushing in six games against the Dolphins. But he has scored just one touchdown against them.

--WR Derrick Mason has averaged 3.7 catches in four starts against Miami. His 17.1 yards per catch is his highest against any team he's faced three times or more.

--LB Ray Lewis has averaged 13.4 tackles in five games against the Dolphins. He has forced two fumbles and recorded one sack.

--S Ed Reed has two interceptions and eight passes defensed in four games against Miami. He has averaged five tackles against the Dolphins.

--K Matt Stover has struggled against Miami, converting just 76.5 percent of his field goals (13 of 17). His career field-goal percentage is 83.5.

GAME PLAN: Unlike last Sunday against the Colts, the Ravens need to show a commitment to the run early against the Dolphins. They need to take the pressure off rookie quarterback Joe Flacco and a banged-up offensive line. The Dolphins gave up a season-high 114 yards on the ground Sunday. They have allowed three rushing touchdowns in five games.

Defensively, the Ravens need to contain Miami's rushing attack, which has seven touchdowns in three games. The Ravens want to make Miami one-dimensional and put the pressure on Chad Pennington.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Ravens run defense vs. Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown. Brown is one of the hotter backs in the NFL, averaging 96 yards rushing the past three games. He has scored six touchdowns over that span. But don't expect such success against the Ravens defense. Last Sunday, the Ravens looked vulnerable against Colts backup running back Dominic Rhodes. But the Ravens don't usually struggle in consecutive weeks. This defense hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 24 straight games, the longest current streak in the league. The Ravens have given up one rushing touchdown this season. Brown has never faced the Ravens.

Ravens WR Derrick Mason vs. Dolphins CB: Mason is the go-to receiver for rookie quarterback Joe Flacco. He has caught 27 passes for a team-leading 331 yards (66.2 yards per game). But don't expect a big game out of Mason. Sure, the Dolphins allowed Houston receiver Andre Johnson to gain a career-high 178 yards receiving, including a 61-yarder and a 12-yard touchdown. But Miami struggles against bigger receivers like Johnson and Arizona's Anquan Boldin. The Dolphins should contain a smaller, possession receiver like Mason. Last season, Mason had four catches for 45 yards and one touchdown.

INJURY IMPACT: SS Dawan Landry (neck) is out and might need a few more weeks before returning to practice. He will be replaced by Jim Leonhard.

--FS Ed Reed was added to the injury report Thursday with a hamstring injury. It's hard to envision Reed being sidelined after starting 42 straight games. If Reed is out, he would likely be replaced by Tom Zbikowski or Haruki Nakamura.

--CB Samari Rolle (neck and shoulder) is out for at least a couple more weeks. He will be replaced by Frank Walker.

--CB Fabian Washington (shoulder) was limited in practice Wednesday but he doesn't recover quickly from injuries. He probably will miss another game.

--PR-KR Yamon Figurs missed his second straight day of practice with a knee injury. He seems very questionable for Sunday's game. He would probably be replaced by Jim Leonhard.

--OT Adam Terry missed his second straight day of practice with a right knee injury and is likely out. He will be replaced by Willie Anderson at right tackle.

--WR Demetrius Williams was limited in practice Thursday after missing Wednesday with a knee injury. He is slow to rebound from injuries, so he would be limited even if he plays. Marcus Smith could move into the Ravens' No. 3 role.

--OT Jared Gaither (knee) was limited Wednesday but expects to start.

--SS Tom Zbikowski was limited Wednesday and could be a game-time decision.

--DT Lamar Divens (illness) had a full practice Wednesday and likely will recover by Sunday to play.



Author:Fox Sports
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Added: October 17, 2008

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