Ravens vs Broncos Matchup
After an impressive win over the Steelers last weekend, the Ravens play five of their next eight games at M&T Bank Stadium. Nothing like some home cooking!! The league's top passing offense, the Denver Broncos, comes to Baltimore for Sunday's tilt. Guarantee you had to read that sentence twice. The Broncos have had a great start when to comes to passing the ball, thanks to every one's favorite bearded quarterback, Kyle Orton. Despite no running game after the injury to Knowshon Moreno and having a "Little Giants" group of wide receivers, Orton has been lights out so far this season.
After facing a tough Steelers defense I'm sure Joe Flacco is thanking Jebus he gets to play the Broncos. Denver has made Hasselbeck, Garrard, and even Vince Young look like decent quarterbacks. I also think Ray Rice gets back on track and has a good game. Look for the team to rely heavily on McGahee and/or McClain if Rice isn't feeling 100%. With Boldin, Mason, and Houshmandzadeh all playing well the passing game should have no problems carrying the load on offense.
As I mentioned earlier the Broncos have the top passing attack in the league, averaging 339.5 yards per game. Surprisingly, the Ravens have the top pass defense in the league, allowing only 119 yards per game. I was one of the doubters of the Baltimore secondary before the season and after four games I can admit I was wrong. Even without Ed Reed they have been able to limit big plays in the air and not make stupid penalties. Probably because Frank Walker was shipped out of town faster than "Dinner For Schmucks" left theaters. I'm fully convinced Lardarius Webb has the skills to eventually become one of the best cornerbacks in the league and with role players like Chris Carr, Cary Williams, and Josh Wilson playing well there is no reason the Ravens can't shut down the Broncos scrap heap receiving corp.
Ravens 24 Broncos 17
Even though the Broncos offense has looked good, only two quarterbacks have been sacked more than Orton. That's before he played the best defense in the NFL. Haloti Ngata and company will pressure him all day long and he won't be able to throw like he has through the first four games. Flacco plays well at home and the Broncos defense doesn't scare me. I would have trouble naming another player other than Champ Bailey in their starting lineup. Ravens are 4-0 at home against the Broncos all time and I think they win in a game that will look closer on paper than it will be in real life.
Fantasy stud: Ray Rice 125 yards rushing 1 touchdown 4 receptions 53 yards
Fantasy sleeper: Brandon Lloyd 5 catches 65 yards 1 touchdown
Best spot to booze/eat after the game: Mother's Bar and Grille in Federal Hill.