Week 4 Viewer's Guide: What to watch in Ravens-Patriots, more
I'll be in Foxboro on Sunday as a color commentator for the SportsUSA Radio Network and I can't wait to see the best team in football play in person. And I'm not talking about the Patriots.
Baltimore is led by second-year quarterback
Flacco has made huge strides between year one and year two and the offensive line is improved now that it is healthy and has another year under its belt. Couple that with the emergence of
Some of the doubters point to a soft early season schedule that has seen the Ravens play the Chargers, Chiefs and Browns. I counter by saying a win on the road at San Diego is quite an accomplishment and that Baltimore beat the Browns exactly the way one should an inferior opponent. I highly doubt anyone will be pointing to the schedule if the Ravens win in Foxboro.
The matchup to watch in this game is just too obvious. It is IBM Pentium Processor of football information Drew Brees against the Mad Scientist,
Ryan, as is his custom, will focus on finding a way to get a defender to come unblocked against Brees by overloading a side. Brees will attempt to identify where that blitz is coming from by the movement of the safeties and the "shell" of the secondary. The problem, as Brees well knows, is Ryan brings pressure without always having a sound coverage scheme behind it. That means Brees can't really trust his eyes and make the same assumptions he normally does about what type of blitzes and coverages he is going to get. This is going to be an NFL schematic battle of the first order.
Could the defending champs really go 1-3? Absolutely, especially considering how they have played this season. What has to make fans in the 'Burgh nervous is that they have lost two games in a row in which their much-maligned offensive line has actually played well.
All of the focus will be on the quarterbacks. But this is a team game and it is about much more than
The difference in this one may be among the men charged with protecting Rodgers and Favre. The Vikings offensive line has performed solidly, if not spectacularly, this season, though rookie right tackle
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There is plenty of blame to go around as is often the case when a team is struggling. Clearly there is a reciprocal lack of confidence to some extent between Campbell and Zorn, especially when the team gets into the red zone, and that is not good. But this is a team that was No. 4 in defense in 2008 and brought in players like
Good point. I guess since Caldwell was there for so long and there is so much continuity in that organization, I don't really look at what they are doing as unique. This is just kind of what the Colts do, which is probably as much of a compliment as anything.
Thanks for the kind words and we'll see how Henne does before he gets an article. It is interesting to note that both Henne and Titans starting quarterback
Thank you so much for your service. The running really varies for offensive linemen and typically includes a mix of everything from 100-yard sprints to 300-yard gassers (back and forth across the width of the field six times consecutively without a break) to quick feet drills on ladders and short bursts with resistance, which probably simulates the distance traveled on a standard NFL play better than anything else.
I don't think so. They still have a lot of veterans in that locker room, like