The Ravens got good news when Terrell Suggs was announced as active for today’s game against the Broncos. Unfortunately, the Ravens will be without Ray Lewis, Bernand Pollard, Jameel McClain, Dannell Ellerbe, and Marshal Yanda. I will actually be starting at Linebacker for the Ravens today. In all seriousness, the Ravens are extremely banged up heading into a critical matchup with the Broncos. Denver is 10-3 and has been one of the hottest teams in the NFL after a slow start to the season. They have MVP candidates on both sides of the field in Peyton Manning and Von Miller. Manning has been incredible this year, especially considering the injury he is coming back from. Sitting out an entire year seems to have done some good for Manning, who at this point may be the front runner for MVP. With some great weapons in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, Manning’s first season in Denver has been something special.
On the defensive side of the ball, Von Miller has dominated opposing offensive lines. The second year player has 16 sacks and 6 fumbles forced. He is having a season very similar to Suggs last year when he won Defensive Player of the Year. Miller may be a lock for the award this year. He has led the defense to a top 10 ranking in both pass defense and rush defense. The Ravens offense struggles will be really tested today.
This is the first game with Jim Caldwell calling the plays. You have to imagine there won’t be many major changes considering how late it is in the season. They may get a jump start though with the clear signal that they have to start performing. Many of the offensive players have taken blame for Cameron losing his job, so they are likely going to take it is a sign to start performing. It won’t be an easy task for Caldwell, but it will be a great audition for the job next year. Baltimore is 9-4, and on a downward spiral with two straight losses. Injuries have really caught up with the Ravens and put them in a tough situation. They are still in the playoffs, and favorites to win the AFC North. If they can find their feet, they still have a shot to make a play for the Super Bowl. It all starts today.