It’s time for our weekly segment of Buy or Sell brought to you by Glen Burnie Motorsports. Each week, we pick three topics and let you know if we’re agreeing (buying) or disagreeing (selling) with the statement. Then, you vote and tell us what you think.
THE RAVENS WILL EXPLOIT THE PATS ON THE GROUND
The New England Patriots come to town “boasting” the NFL’s 31st-ranked run defense, allowing 132.5 yards on the ground per game and 4.4 yards per carry. Even ignoring Knowshon Moreno’s monster 224-yard day against them in Week 12 the Patriots have still given up 4.3, 4.3, and 3.9 yards per rushing attempt over the past three games – they are absolutely vulnerable against the rush.
The Ravens on the other hand, have struggled to run the ball all season. They actually had some success against the Lions’ strong front on Monday night though, averaging 4.3 yards every time they ran it. The last time they saw a run defense as porous as the one New England brings to town was in Week 11 against the Chicago Bears, when Ray Rice had his best game of the season.
So what happens when the movable object meets the stoppable force? Will the Ravens pound it against the Pats?
BUY: The health of Ray Rice’s injured thigh could affect this quite a bit, but I’m inclined to think that the Ravens will indeed be able to run the ball Sunday. I think we’ll see more of Vonta Leach than we have since the Chicago game, and my hope is that he’ll be rested and ready to plow through some fools after taking just 24 snaps TOTAL over the past three games. Bernard Pierce had a nice run early in Detroit, but still dances around too much. In addition, even though we haven’t seen it since Joe Flacco complained about it, I wouldn’t be totally surprised to see the Wildcat pop up again.