Orlando Ledbetter:You have to step on the field with confidence, being a little cocky, being arrogant, but being humble at the same time. It definitely is the way to be out there as a cornerback. If you are just out there going through the motions, you're going to have a lot of bad plays. The Baltimore Sun's Mike Preston had an in-depth assessment of Ravens' linebacker Sergio Kindle in practice on Monday:In the one-on-one blocking session, Kindle got mauled by tackles Ramon Harewood and Kelechi Osemele. It's not often that you see a defensive player's knees buckle, but Kindle's caved in twice as if he had just gotten hit with a Joe Frazier left hook. Ravens Player to WatchRay Rice won't see many touches in Thursday night's game against Atlanta, but he is still sure to entertain in the few attempts he does get to run with the ball. Rice was the NFL's second-leading rusher in 2011, accumulating 1, 364 yards on the ground.
The Ravens were the second-best run-stopping team in the league in 2011, while the Falcons were sixth-best at shutting down the run. Both squads boast 1, 300-plus-yard rushers in Michael Turner and Ray Rice, so the matchup to look for will certainly take place on the ground. PredictionPreseason games are always difficult to predict, seeing as neither team plays its starters long enough for them to make much of a difference. Still, I expect both defenses to show up and make their fair share of plays.
What makes Rice even more of a threat, though, is his ability to dominate in the passing game. Rice caught 76 balls last season for 704 yards. There is no denying that Rice will once again be the Ravens' crutch on offense when the going gets tough and things break down for Flacco. Falcons Player to WatchMatt Ryan will be under more scrutiny than any other Falcons players in 2012. Ryan has been praised since entering the league as a winning quarterback, yet he has zero playoff wins to show for all of his regular season success.
Huntley has thrown two interceptions, so the pressure can also affect his decision-making. Why The Ravens Could Cover The SpreadTyler Huntley is the starting quarterback without Lamar Jackson and has gone 1-1 in his starts. Huntley has thrown for 413 yards without a touchdown and two interceptions. On the ground, Huntley has rushed for a touchdown.
Ryan is 0-3 as a starter in the postseason, and at age 27 is in desperate need of proving he can win the big game in Atlanta. Although Thursday night's matchup with Baltimore won't vindicate Ryan as a clutch postseason passer, his presence under center against a strong defense is worthy of a look early on. Key MatchupIt will be each team's rushing attack vs. the opponent's rush defense. Both Baltimore and Atlanta ranked in the Top 10 in rushing defense by yardage last season.
Atlanta has been solid on offense, ranking 15th with 21. 9 points scored per game. Atlanta’s defense has been an issue, allowing 23. 8 points per game, which ranks 22nd in the league. Atlanta needs to pressure the quarterback better, totaling just 19 sacks. Baltimore’s offensive line has struggled, allowing 33 sacks.
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NFL Odds: Falcons Vs. Ravens Prediction, Odds And Pick - 12/24/2022The Atlanta Falcons will travel to take on the Baltimore Ravens in a Christmas Eve afternoon NFL matchup at M&T Bank Stadium. With that said, it’s a good time to check out our NFL odds series, which includes a Falcons-Ravens prediction and pick, laid out below. Atlanta is somehow still alive in the NFC South despite their 5-9 record. However, head coach Arthur Smith seems to be looking toward the future as Desmond Ridder is now the starting quarterback. Three wins could possibly mean a playoff berth for the Falcons. Baltimore, at 9-5, is squarely in the playoff picture, sitting in second place in the AFC North. Without Lamar Jackson, the team has won two of their last three games.
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Once again, the Ravens will be without their star quarterback, but have been treading water while they wait. Here are the Falcons-Ravens NFL odds, courtesy of FanDuel. NFL Odds: Falcons-Ravens OddsAtlanta Falcons: +6. 5 (-110)Baltimore Ravens: -6. 5 (-110)Over: 34. 5 (-110)Under: 34. 5 (-110)Why The Falcons Could Cover The SpreadThe Desmond Ridder era started with a whimper rather than a bang. Ritter completed 13 of his 26 passes for 97 yards without a touchdown or interception in last week’s loss. Ridder also added 38 yards on the ground. Atlanta focused on the ground game last week, leaning heavily on Tyler Allgeier and Cordarrelle Patterson.
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8 yards per catch in 2011, and had 14 receptions of 20 or more yards. In his second NFL season, Smith promises to become a featured weapon in Baltimore's passing attack. Fantasy owners should be watching Smith in the early moments on Thursday night to see if they think he's worth a top pick in their summer draft. What They're SayingRecently acquired cornerback Asante Samuel has already made his presence felt on the Atlanta Falcons this summer. Here is Samuel's take on the best mindset to have when stepping onto the field as an NFL corner, courtesy of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D.
Allgeier leads the team with 743 rushing yards, scoring two touchdowns, while Patterson leads the team with six rushing touchdowns and is second with 618 yards. Atlanta has rushed for 2, 297 yards and 14 touchdowns as a team. Baltimore has been good against the run, holding opponents below 1, 200 yards. RookieDrake London leads the team with 603 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Losing Kyle Pitts for the season hurts, but London and Olamide Zaccheaus have stepped up in his absence.
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