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I think it will be a close game especially through the first half similar to the home game last year except this time the Ravens will be the one pushing the colts around.
I think there are a few major factors that will influence the outcome of the game.
The last two games Freeney ate Odgen up but Odgen has been playing the best ball of the last few years this time around. The major thing that was missing in the game last year was a power running game against the Colts small ends. I believe that Billick will start by calling numerous runs to the left side to let Odgen and Mughelli get a few early shorts in on Freeney unlike Matt used to.
The crowd noise will also be a big factor since the Ravens will audible and move around at the line a lot much like last year and Manning will not be able to audible as much as he normally can. But watching the offense and defense of the Colts and Ravens play each other last year was probably the highlight of the year for me, it was like a chess match.
The Ravens secondary might have trouble against Wayne and Harrison. Cmac has been playing great ball this year I expect him to contain, not shutdown, Harrison for the game and possibly get a pick along with his customary two pass interference calls per game. The real question mark is how will Rolle be able to play against Wayne. If Rolle gets beat early deep it will be a long day for the Ravens since it will force them to commit a safety over the top all game on him, rather then being able to mix the coverages up more.
The Ravens Defensive Line against the Colts offensive line is the most importart matchup though. I expect Suggs and Pryce to win most of the one on one matchups they get but the real problem is going to be getting to Manning without him being able to step up. If Ngata and Gregg are able to get penetration against the middle three of the Colts, it will be the end for Manning as he will not have a strong pocket to avoid the outside rush.
lol what has led you to make that comment? peyton is arguably the best QB in the game and he's never been to a SB.
you're really contradicting urself with alot of ur statements.
first you say that the colts step up in big games,
and then you say that peyton doesn't choke, his teammates collapse around him. :?
I'm talking about this team as in this season's team. They have played well and won every big game they've played this year. Broncos, Patriots, Chiefs, Bengals, Giants. The team typically did collapse around playoff time in the past. I'm talking about different teams.
Terrell Suggs, Adalius Thomas, Bart Scott, Trevor Pryce, all of which have at least 9.5 sacks. They will be all over Manning. If he thinks he's had it rough against Pittsburgh of '05 and the Patriots of '03/4, he hasn't seen anything yet.