2. How will a depleted receiving corps fare?
3. Will the Ravens be able to protect Joe Flacco?
4. Will Eli Manning be a big factor?
5. Will the Ravens win the turnover battle?
The Ravens now have a plus-two turnover margin as they have forced six turnovers over the past two weeks, including four interceptions in a 41-13 win over the Houston Texans. The Giants are extremely careful with the football, tied for second in the NFL for the fewest turnovers with just nine given away.
Terry’s footwork will be tested severely by the combination of speed and power of Tuck, a formidable lineman who leads the Giants with eight ½ sacks. Tuck has the polished repertoire of pass-rushin g moves and burst off the edge with a great first step to give most offensive tackles fits. The Ravens will need to be highly aware of where he’s lining up from snap to snap to try to contain him. Terry is more than solid in pass protection and is expected to step in for Willie Anderson, who is sidelined with a sprained left ankle. This may be Terry’s most difficult matchup so far this season. The Giants occasionally flop the former Notre Dame star to the right side with Mathias Kiwanuka, who’s not an easy assignment.
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"It’s a team where you have to prepare very hard in the film room, on the practice field, and try to just play as smart as you can, knowing that they are going to make some plays on defense. And you can’t just turn the ball over or make the costly mistakes that they can rely on.”
"We knew that at the end of the season last year we were playing great football, but we wanted to become a team that could play great football all year round and really compete each and every week. So that’s been our drive, to just be more consistent, and not just be a team th at fluc tuates being hot and being cold."
"I think as a young quarterback, and even anybody, you get better every game. You get more comfortable with what you’re doing, kind of finding your identity of what plays you like, what plays you really have a great feel for, and you just feel comfortable no matter what the defense is."
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital