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Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-11-13


Baltimore Ravens Strategy and Personnel 2008-11-13
Yamon Figurs has taken over for the Ravens as the team's No. 3 receiver. Demetrius Williams was placed on injured reserve last week.


Samari Rolle is back as a starting cornerback, pushing Frank Walker to the dime back. Corey Ivy remains the nickel back.

PLAYER NOTES

--WR Derrick Mason has averaged 6.4 catches and 94.2 yards receiving in five road games this season. He has scored two touchdowns on the road this season.

--QB Joe Flacco has averaged 219.6 yards passing in five road games. He has thrown six touchdowns and three interceptions away from home.

--WR Mark Clayton has made seven catches for 127 yards in his past two games. He could have a larger role if Derrick Mason (shoulder) can't play.

--TE Todd Heap has averaged 20 yards receiving in five road games. He scored two touchdowns -- his first scores of the season -- last Sunday.

--DE Trevor Pryce has 1.5 sacks in three games against the New York Giants.

--K Matt Stover has connected on all seven of his field-goal attempts in four games against the New York Giants.

GAME PLAN: The Ravens' priority is to stop the Giants' ground game, which is ranked No. 1 in the league. The key is how much penetration the Ravens get from defensive tackles Haloti Ngata and Justin Bannan. The Ravens want to force long third-down situations to help out their banged-up secondary.

Offensively, the Ravens will once again try to be balanced. They likely will try to establish the run to open up their passing game. Joe Flacco has to keep playing smart. He hasn't thrown an interception in 112 passes.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Ravens pass defense vs. Giants QB Eli Manning. The Ravens have the ninth-ranked pass defense, but that is deceptive. The banged-up secondary is starting two backups -- cornerback Fabian Washington and safety Jim Leonhard -- because of injuries. The Ravens haven't been exposed the past four games because they haven't faced a top-tier quarterback. That changes with Manning, who has excelled at the Meadowlands. In five games, he has averaged 216 yards passing, throwing seven touchdowns and two interceptions. The Ravens have allowed a passing touchdown in eight straight games.

Ravens RB Willis McGahee vs. Giants run defense. McGahee is trying for his first back-to-back 100-yard games since November 2004. But that likely won't happen against the New York Giants. In five road games, McGahee is averaging 55.4 yards rushing with three touchdowns. The Giants have an underrated run defense. In its past four games, New York has held the other team's starting running back to less than 55 yards three times. The Giants have allowed two rushing touchdowns in their past four games.

INJURY IMPACT: WR Derrick Mason (dislocated left shoulder) is not expected to practice all week but he said he plans to play. "It does get to a point mentally when you have to will yourself to play, regardless of what injury you have," Mason said. If he can't play, Yamon Figurs would start at wide receiver with Mark Clayton.

--OT Willie Anderson (left ankle) did not practice. He wore a protective boot for his injured left ankle and even carried a cane. But the 13-year veteran warned about jumping to conclusions. "I'm playing Sunday," Anderson said. If he can't play, Adam Terry would replace him at right tackle.

--FS Ed Reed (hamstring) did not practice. It's considered precautionary. He has been bothered by this injury for the past four weeks and hasn't missed a game.

--WR Terrance Copper (shoulder) did not practice. He is expected to play.

--CB Samari Rolle (neck) was limited in practice but he is expected to start. He returned to the starting lineup last Sunday after missing six games with a neck injury.

--TE Daniel Wilcox (thigh) was limited but is expected to play.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 13, 2008

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