The Baltimore Ravens got past the New England Patriots, during Wild Card Weekend, and now face a tougher challenge heading towards the 2010 Superbowl. The Ravens are a run first team with a solid defense. NFL oddsmakers at BETUS.com have the Baltimore Ravens as +1200 underdogs to win the 2010 Superbowl . Be sure to get your Baltimore Ravens 2010 Superbowl Picks, Odds & Predictions in early at BETUS.com
The Ravens ran over the Patriots 33-14 thanks to RB Ray Rice. Ray Rice opened up the game with an 83-yard touchdown run up the middle on the game's first play from scrimmage, from then on it was all Ravens. He went on to finish with 159 yards and two TD’s on 22 carries. QB Joe Flacco got no air time during the game as his 18th ranked pass game threw for a grand total of 34 passing yards. They started their season out great, but since their bye week 7 they’ve struggled to pass. With a poor passing game, the Ravens rely on their two dimensional running game thanks to the tandem of RB’S Ray Rice and Willis McGahee . Ray Rice’s 1,498 yards rushing and nine TD’s, has emerged as one of the best all-purpose backs in the league. RB Willis McGahee is also getting it done; he has 606 yards rushing and is their main scorer with 14 TD’s. They have the fifth best ground game in the league that usually averages 137 yards a game. Well, Rice and McGahee ran over the Pats last week for 210 yards. If they face a team with a solid rush defense they’ll have to air the ball. Their top WR Derrick Mason has 1,036 yards receiving and seven TD’s and needs to be at his best against some of the leagues better cornerbacks and safeties. During the regular season the Ravens we nt 4-4 SO on the road while averaging 21.6ppg and allowing 20ppg. The Ravens are 3-0 SU all-time on the road in wild-card games and tied the Cowboys with the most playoff wins in a decade on the road (six).
On defense, the Ravens are back and solid as ever! They are ranked third overall, with a eighth ranked pass defense and a fifth ranked rush defense. They allowed the Pats 61 yards on the ground and 154 yards in the air. The Ravens have never allowed a 100-yard rusher in 11 playoff games, the third-longest active streak in the NFL . But, the remaining teams left fighting for the 2010 Superbowl are high powered offensive teams that thrive on throwing the ball. Linebacker Ray Lewis, among the more better players in the postseason, he leads a group that makes big stops and is capable of coming up with big plays. Their weakness is a secondary that allows too many long plays, which could pose a serious problem in the playoffs against passing teams. With a second-quarter interception, Ravens S Ed Reed now has six in six playoff games, while LB Terrell Suggs has five sacks in his last four playoff games.
Their next challenge will be the Indianapolis Colts, on the road, against their second ranked pass game.
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