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[News] Underdog Ravens Using Snubs As Fuel

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Hardly anybody outside of Baltimore is giving the Ravens a chance to win.

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FIRST!!!!! ESPN rides Peyton Manning soo hard its crazy. If Flacco didnt throw the pick 6 that score is 27-24 Broncos......We didnt get "destroyed" as most folks seem to want to imply....
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Yeah I think the media and Broncos fans might be writing a check that the Broncos may not be able to cash. I'm mad and I'm not even a player, so I can only imagine how the players feel. I almost feel sorry for the Broncos....almost *sly smile*
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idc what ppl say. Im not hearing any talk about Manning going against a Defense that was missing half of it starters...Haloti and Suggs played threw injuries and still are. Our best 3 linebackers were out that game(Lewis,Ellerbe,McClain) And our safety Bernard Pollard didnt play. Those are our best defenders and we are still missing our #1 cb. So forget all these critics and ESPN. How about they look at the stats since we started getting our players back? They have been good against run and pass. Plus some younger players have stepped up the that premier lvl. Pierce on offense and Kruger, Graham on Defense. Now having our best players with the fuel of being underdogs and wanting to get Lewis his last superbowl title this game should be intense and not just some walk in the park like the media blows it out to be like.
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Peyton dosent win playoff games or cold weather games one hit on him and hes gonna b rattled the whole game were not the same team they faced our o-line made improved changes our blitz packages was looking good.were gonna kick dener butt
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As 4evermore23 said, KEEP BLITZING. It worked really well last week. I hope our team is ready for 20 degree or lower weather.
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Flacco needs to realize that, in the regular season you earn your paycheck and in the post season you make your legacy. This is the perfect game to start that legacy and earn his respect
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Well, then call me "hardly anybody". There are plenty of us outside of Baltimore that believe in the Ravens. We just don't work for the sports media...
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If we werent a successful franchise, didnt have productive seasons on a consistent basis, and didnt constantly keep making it to the playoffs...We would never get any media attention or any attention from people outside of Baltimore. One of the things I love most about our team is that WE MAKE the media and outside people talk about us, because of how we play every game. Sure we might have our embarrassing or pathetic low moments, but we always turn it around and have shining brilliant moments. We dont get favored or love like the Pats, Steelers, Broncos, Falcons, etc... but we handle our business and force ourselves amongst those teams that are put on a high media pedestal. I just love it!!!! The NFL, media, and outside fans hope, wish, and pray that we screw up and end up a laughing stock team and organization, but unfortunately thats just not in our nature! Whether the media loves us or not WE COULD CARE LESS!!! BEAT Denver and whoever we get in the AFC championship and bring home that Lombardi.
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It's great to read how confident our players are. I look back at the last 3 years and see losses on the road to good playoff teams . I wish I was as confident as our players.
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@steelraven AMEN!!! Preach that truth! Flacco better have saved everything for this postseason run. If there was ever an opportune time for Joe to silence critics and shut the media up with their jokes and disrespect, now is his chance. Show up Peyton Manning like you did Brady last year, and then repeat that level in the AFC championship...then just shine in the Superbowl and claim your legacy amongst the TRUE ELITE. When you have a superbowl ring on your finger thats what tells people you are elite, not fancy stats and records!
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If I was our players I would be confident as well. We are battle tested, yes we lost some very heart-wrenching games in the past, but that is something to build on. This team has been through all kinds of adversity. They know what I means to scrap and claw. The Broncos have won one playoff game in the past 15 years. They are not battle tested and hardened like our players. We will see how Peyton enjoys playing in freezing temperatures. It should be a good one.
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I was thinking, if Joe can go toe-to-toe with T Brady and be successful, there is absolutely no reason he can't do the same with Peyton. He just needs to "get this monkey off his back" kind of thing.
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Cant wait to see the media%u2019s reaction when they dont see this miraculous blow out they are all expecting by Denver and how they react when we BEAT I mean (upset, since we are underdogs) Denver!!!
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Apparently everyone wants to see a Brady vs. Manning Championship Game, then a Brady/Manning vs. Rodgers Super Bowl. Let's rain on their parade! Go Ravens!!!
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How many Denver fans believe that Manning or any man for that matter can sustain a Ngata or Mt. Cody sack? We're in full attack mode!!!
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i feel good about saturdays game. we can beat them. special teams must cause turnovers and the return teams hopefully will put the offense on a short field
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Last time I checked the Broncos were made up of a team of men that breathe like us, bleed like us, play the same game as us, but dont fight like us! Enough is enough. Im sick of all of the nonsense. But the reality is it has been that way all year so what more can we really expect. I just want our Ravens to shut all of this nonsense down for good and go all the way. We all know that if we beat Manning they will find a new way to hate on us and make up excuses to why manning lost. Its way past time to go in and take it! LETS GO RAVENS... ALL THE WAY BABY!!!
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Like Ray said, this is a lot like 2001 when we went to Tennessee and everyone was sure the Titans were going back to the Super Bowl. Granted, the Ravens had already knocked them off once that year, but no one believed they could win two games in Tennessee. Can't wait to see if history can repeat itself!
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Pees will have to use a heavy rotation at both linebacker and D-Lineman so that we don't get too winded in the thin air at Mile High. Going up early will help, but keeping the guys fresh out there with a good rotation to keep the pressure on Peyton will be what ultimately decides the game. Can't count on getting any good blind side hits on Peyton, he gets rid of the ball too quick, but we should be able to elevate to knock some of the quick slant passes down at the line of scrimmage like the Texans. If our DB's play for Manning getting rid of the ball quick they should know that the routes will be intermediate and may be able to jump some routes with good man and smart zone coverage. So, after we beat the Broncos, will they declare the Ravens the team to beat at that point. "Don't hold your breaths"! Actually looking forward to the Ravens slaying a lot of dragons this playoff. Knock off the Broncos for the earlier loss at the Bank, then smack either Brady or Schaub around, preferably the Texans so that we can get that L back and all that's left is the big dance.
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I said it before, in 2000 this was exactly the same crap coming from the media and the talking heads. We were the underdogs that whole season. The Ravens always play better when there the underdogs. Thats why they play the game, the talk doen't matter. If these folks think it's going to be the same as December 16th game they are way off track. The changes in the O line with Mckinnie at Joe's back and Yanda back is a huge difference. The D has several players back and healthy (though we will still miss Webb). We already know how to beat Manning and thats to keep him under pressure, The D didn't do that last time but they are back and in full force. Let um talk, it makes our underdogs want to kick more "A".
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Ravens are 38-9 (.809, 1st place) since 2008 when favored, 11-15 (.423, 10th place) when underdog.

League average is .670 when favored, .330 when underdog.

We win 20.7% more often than can be expected when favored, and 28.2% more often than can be expected when underdog.

Interestingly enough, we are .336 when underdog in team history, so much worse overall than in recent years. Overall in recorded history, teams are .340 when underdog, so we're worse than average in our team history, but a lot better lately. Actually, make that about average, because since 1996, teams are .332 when underdog.
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I want this win so bad I can taste it.

I will be the first to admit, I was not very nice in my assessment of where we stood as a team leading up to the NYG game. But, alas, I am not to proud to admit my mistake and say that we have been a very different team since I wrote those misguided words.

I was at NYG and last week against Indy and we looked AWESOME. I think we could have beaten anyone the way we played against the Giants and if you take away Little Ray-Ray's fumbles, last weekend was not a beat down it was a MASSACRE.

GO RAVENS!
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[quote name='Zeus' timestamp='1357752522' post='1299567']
How many Denver fans believe that Manning or any man for that matter can sustain a Ngata or Mt. Cody sack? We're in full attack mode!!!
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I don't know about Cody but Ellerbe will hit the timing perfectly and destroy Manning.
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I just hope the Ravens feel the same as their fans. I have become more and more confident in a Ravens win as the week goes on. This is so much better than if BAL was favored.
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Put Ihedigbo at nickle on a play, blitz him outside of Suggs with Kruger coming from the other side. Out of the 3, one will land a hard hit.
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I love all this Baltimore doesn't have a chance against Denver talk. Reminds me of when we we're suppose to lose ot the Pats in the 2010 Wild Card round cause we lost to them in the regular season, Titans in the 2008 Divisional round cause we lost to them in the regular season, and now lose to Denver cause we lost to them in the regular season. Keep talking cause while we fans may be listening, the Ravens players probably don't give a crap about "suppose to's"
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Yea we got beat period. New day new game(like Ray say's "it's what happens on the inside of those lines this Saturday that matters" Denver is good enough to win in between the lines. The Ravens are also good enough. I'm a strong beleiver that if your there you belong there. Peyton is one smart cookie. He sat back last year and watched potential teams that he would go to, analysed them(like the greats that study film for game day)and choose the most complete team to migrate to. He wants to win now. I as a Raven fan will be feeling good if the Ravens cause him to play for at least another year.
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Watching that openning video when you first click on the site, made me remember that it was the RAVENS that put RGIII in the condition that he's in today.

We here in Bmore,are all sorry about that Robert. It wasn't peosonal. Just business...
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We'll win this game Manning is no running threat we need to contain the run, blitz and knock his teeth out. Go Ravens!
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I cannot wait for Sunday to hear pundits discussing our chances being negligible against either the Pats ( they barely lost by a point in Baltimore) or the Texans ( the Ravens were literally mauled by the Texans earlier)! That will be music to my ears because that can only mean one thing - New Orleans!!! Go Ravens and rub it in deep and hard into all the nay sayers!
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Peolpe fail to realize that what happened in regular season is history.This is the play offs and it's whole new season.Peyton knows,that's why you won't hear him talk smack.
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all of this chatter against the Ravens really doesn't matter. why not? cause IF they win....WHEN...they win this game (against Peyton & broncos)....the talk will be the same next week IF they have to face Brady & the patriots or Schaub and the Texans. so at this point it doesn't matter what is being said. the RAVENS need to go out there and silence the noise. end of story!

~Mili
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@Hardhitters- That's something that I have not seen to often, CB blitzes. Whether its a nickel or 1st or 2nd. The idea would be hit the weak side of the O-Line, have safety help with a LB in a buzz zone to help against a quick slant or quick pass in general, and bring that CB off behind a pass rushing LB. Ravens usually are in 3-4 with Kruger and suggs or Upshaw on the edge, Ellerbe/McClain and Lewis in the middle. Say the offense lines up weak I left, or having a weak side being on the left, have Cary or a nickel blitz behind Suggs or Upshaw. Do it when they are in a 3 wide set if using a nickel, it's out of character for the Ravens to have a nickel against 2 WRs. Press against the slot, then have Ihedigbo, Brown or whomever hit the line hard and go for the sack. Ideally it'd be the blind side, but I like hitting wherever there are less blockers, for obvious reasons. These are professionals, give them a play, tell them what to look for and allow them to adjust if need be. I think that is one problem with Pees. It doesn't seem like the D can adjust the way they did with Ryan or Pagano.
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Also, add some stunts into the mix. It seems like it's all straight on for the D line. Or some stunt OLB blitzes. Line Kruger up on the outside, have him stunt inside of Jones or whoever may be the end at that time, and throw off the RT. Kruger is great at getting off the edge, he showed that last week, but it will be gameplanned against this week, I guarantee it.
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We Thrive as the underdogs. We coming for ya Denver. Hit Manning and keep hitting him. Pound the rock and play Smashmouth Baltimore Football.
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@Ravens4Life

The idea of it being Ihedigbo is to be sure it's a hard hitter landing (secondary power blitz), sending Brown (secondary smart blitz) because he knows how to blitz off of Suggs moves. I would almost never send a 1 or 2 (cornerback) at Manning because it takes longer and Manning's awareness is above average. But that's just one play, whoever fail blitz at the line jump for the swat or to blind Manning's downfield vision. And even if this play was run while they had a 2 receiver set who would say Ihedigbo is a nickle and not a small LB, he can stop the run if the play is checked down or audibled out of as well.

This play also keeps the secondary intact with 4 out there and a front line of 6. Both corners sit on routes, Reed stay high and Pollard high the TE while a MLB low him (Coverage). It's ultimately a one man blitz being [color=#555555][font=Arial, sans-serif][size=3][background=rgb(225, 227, 228)]Ihedigbo.[/background][/size][/font][/color]
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"nobody on the outside dictates how we play on the inside"

Nobody like Ray, baby!!

LET'S GO RAVENS!!! DOMINATE!!!!
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The thing I hate about this game is people brag about Denver's "#3 defense and #1 offense". People should know that those rankings are based off of stats and Denver is in the easiest division in the AFC besides maybe the AFC East. We have half our defense back we didn't have before and we played the Broncos a few days after the switch in offensive coordinator. I'm not saying Baltimore will win but it will be a close game and all of these critics saying Broncos are going to fly by easily are morons.
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Sorry about the double post I'm new to this but if the Ravens were playing with the Raiders, Chargers, and whoever the heck other team is then we would be on top even with Flacco. I love Flacco and I am a die hard Ravens' fan and I just wish I saw a little more consistency from Flacco. But overall a great quarterback and the best at deep balls.
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[quote name='trevorsteadman' timestamp='1357762181' post='1299718']
The thing I hate about this game is people brag about Denver's "#3 defense and #1 offense". People should know that those rankings are based off of stats and Denver is in the easiest division in the AFC besides maybe the AFC East. We have half our defense back we didn't have before and we played the Broncos a few days after the switch in offensive coordinator. I'm not saying Baltimore will win but it will be a close game and all of these critics saying Broncos are going to fly by easily are morons.
[/quote] Yup. Good post. I accidentally negged your post. Sorry
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Ravens have to do 2 things to win:

1)Limit Denvers running game. I'm not naive, there's no chance we can stop it, but at least create some 3rd and longs and force Manning to throw.

2)Once Manning is forced to throw via limiting the run, HIT THE OLD FART TO THE GROUND! He has to feel the taste of blood in his mouth by the end of the 1st half! Even if it means taking couple of penalties. That's the only way to bring down his confidence and force him to make bad decisions.
I only hope the refs won't start protecting the old man like they do with Tom-crybaby-Brady.
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What is so different about this week? The Ravens are always snubbed by the media talking heads.
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The Ravens' need to get a good pass rush on Peyton Manning. He's near perfect but not perfect. We need to stay in a zone most of the time and cross blitz in the middle. Peyton Manning's accuracy is spectacular but if you have 3 guys around each area its hard to squeeze it in or to keep it at a short play instead of 30 yard passes.

I am from Utah and yes it is harder to breathe here but if you go to higher elevation for 1 day you will get used to it they will be ok. But if it does snow I think the Broncos have the advantage because of all the snow here. But as long as we cut off most of Peyton Manning's targets and force them to the outside the out of bounds is a great defender.
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