Torrey Smith Primed for Big Game


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Smith has been hampered with an ankle injury all week, but isn’t a real threat to miss this Sundays game.  He has had extra rest with the Ravens off since last Thursday, so he really shouldn’t be impacted much, if at all.  Torrey has been on a bit of a tear lately, unfortunately coinciding with the loss of his younger brother.  He has been playing with a heavy heart, but that has only seemed to jump start his game.  In the last two contests he has averaged over 100 yards per game and has added 3 scores to that.  The speedster is easily one of Joe’s favorites targets, and look for the deep threat to take advantage of a Chiefs battered up secondary.

Normally I would have expected Baltimore to lean a little more on the run against the Chiefs Defense.  They have a ton of talent specifically designed to slow down the passing game.  Brandon Flowers is a very strong, borderline shut down corner when healthy.  Eric Berry is a rock solid safety with a ton of athleticism.  Tambi Hali is one of the better pass rushers in the game, even though he doesn’t get as much recognition.  However, Flowers has battle injury early in the year, and was listed on the injury report with a heel ailment.  He is probable to play, but maybe not at 100%.  DL Glenn Dorsey has been ruled out, so the Ravens can put a little more attention on the main sack threat in Hali.  Berry is also coming back from injury and has yet to be fully effective.

The Chiefs offense will also be missing an important piece in backup RB Peyton Hillis. Hillis had some big games against the Ravens when he was a member of the Browns, so they may miss him a bit for this contest.  However, this will just force the electric talent Jamaal Charles to be on the field for more snaps, which is probably bad news for Baltimore.  The key to the Chiefs offense is Charles and Baltimore will need to find a way to stop the red hot RB.

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