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Scouting Report: Ravens are carbon copy of Chargers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    Chargers' next opponent: Baltimore Ravens (4-6); 1:15 p.m. Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium

    You want disappointment? Check out the Ravens.
    Think the Chargers are the most disappointing defending division champion in the AFC this season? Maybe not. The Ravens were 13-3 last year, including a victory against the Chargers, but like San Diego they also flamed out in the first round of the playoffs. They've been mediocre most of this season, posting three of their wins against the NFC West and the other one against the Rams. The Ravens have lost four straight games, and since they're not in the AFC West, they were urged by the Baltimore Sun yesterday to begin looking to next year.
    Baltimore's problem is the same as it has been for years: a lack of offense. The Ravens are averaging barely 300 yards a game, are tied for the league lead in turnovers, and their offense has just 12 touchdowns in 10 games despite excellent players like running back Willis McGahee and receiver Derrick Mason.
    The defense, the best in the league last year, is led by coordinator Rex Ryan, who interviewed for the Chargers job that went to Norv Turner. His aggressive defense has been good but not good enough to overcome all the offensive miscues. – JAY POSNER

    PROJECTED STARTERS
    OFFENSE
    WR 89 Mark Clayton
    LT 75 Jonathan Ogden
    LG 60 Jason Brown
    C 62 Mike Flynn
    RG 66 Ben Grubbs
    RT 78 Adam Terry
    TE 88 Quinn Sypniewski
    WR 85 Derrick Mason
    QB 7 Kyle Boller
    FB 37 Le'ron McClain
    RB 23 Willis McGahee
    DEFENSE
    LE 93 Dwan Edwards
    NT 97 Kelly Gregg
    RE 92 Haloti Ngata
    OLB 95 Jarret Johnson
    iLB 52 Ray Lewis
    iLB 57 Bart Scott
    OLB 55 Terrell Suggs
    LCB 21 Chris McAlister
    RCB 22 Samari Rolle
    SS 26 Dawan Landry
    FS 20 Ed Reed
    SPECIAL TEAMS
    P 4 Sam Koch
    K 3 Matt Stover
    THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
    Kyle Boller: This will be Boller's fifth start of the season in place of the oft-injured and mostly ineffective Steve McNair. The Ravens won the first two, against the Jets and Rams, but lost to the Bills and Browns. Last week Boller passed for 24 yards in the first half and 255 in the second, when he became the team's all-time leading passer with 7,154 yards.
    Willis McGahee: With help from his team's outstanding run defense, McGahee has outrushed every opposing running back this season. The former Buffalo Bills back ranks third in the league with 851 yards, including three 100-yard games. He has scored a rushing TD in five straight games.
    Ray Lewis: Longtime star at linebacker is tied for the NFL lead with 92 tackles, although the Ravens credit him with 139. Baltimore coaches credited Lewis with 22 tackles in last year's game, the third-highest total of his career. He has 25 career interceptions, second among active NFL linebackers (Donnie Edwards, 28).
    FAMILIAR FACES
    Ravens coach Brian Billick was an assistant at SDSU from 1981-85. Offensive coordinator Rick Neuheisel played for the Chargers during the strike year of 1987. Wide receivers coach Mike Johnson was the Chargers quarterbacks coach in 2000-01. Linebackers coach Jeff FitzGerald coached at SDSU from 1994-97. Fullback Justin Green is a San Diego native who played at USD High and Mesa College.
    INJURY REPORT
    Defensive end Trevor Pryce suffered a torn pectoral muscle and likely will miss the rest of the season. Safety Gerome Sapp (thigh), wide receiver Demetrius Williams (ankle), cornerback Samari Rolle (undisclosed illness) and tight ends Todd Heap (hamstring) and Daniel Wilcox (toe) all missed the Cleveland game. It's not known whether any will play this week.
    LAST MEETING
    With Marty Schottenheimer coaching so conservatively he earned a trip to Dean Spanos' woodshed, the visiting Chargers blew a 13-7 halftime lead and lost 16-13 to Baltimore on Oct. 1, 2006. LaDainian Tomlinson rushed for 98 yards and the Chargers limited the Ravens to 206 total yards.
    SERIES HISTORY
    The teams have played just five times since the Ravens moved from Cleveland. The Chargers won the first two, in 1997 and '98, but since Brian Billick took over as coach, the Ravens are 3-0, including both meetings in Baltimore. The teams also met 16 times before the move and the Chargers held a 9-6-1 advantage.
    DID YOU KNOW?
    The Ravens have a 13-game streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher dating back to Larry Johnson gaining 120 yards last December. It's the longest such streak in the league. Johnson and Travis Henry are the only running backs to gain 100 yards rushing in the last 30 games against Baltimore.
    DID YOU HEAR?
    “You've got to take the mentality that we'll run the table with six wins. You have to do that. Unrealistic? Sure, like any team, but you have to take that attitude. Then you find out after San Diego where we are after that.”
    – Ravens coach Brian Billick, on his team's slim playoff hopes
    KEY STAT Baltimore is averaging nearly three turnovers per game (2.6) and only the Saints (minus-10) have a lower giveaway-takeaway differential than the Ravens' minus-9. On the 17 TDs allowed by the Baltimore defense, the average starting position has been the Ravens 49-yard line.

    UNION-TRIBUNE
     
  2. Buck Melanoma

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    Turkey yesterday, crow on Sunday!!! :lol:
     

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