Friday Morning’s Crabs and Beer

October 30, 2009 | Glenn Clark

On Fridays, we only seem to care about the Ravens around here.

Here are your weekend picks……

Ravens 26, Broncos 21

I would be REALLY concerned if the Broncos had the ball at the end of the game, though. I think the Ravens will win; but I’m not anywhere NEAR as confident as Drew Forrester is….

Navy 20, Temple 16

The Mids will be without Ricky Dobbs again, and needed a miracle to beat Temple last season-and this Owls team is MUCH better. I’ll take Navy in Annapolis; but this will be tougher than you might realize.

Richmond 49, Towson 12

…..with no offense to the Tigers

Let’s see what everyone has to say…

Best of Thursday’s WNST Blogs……

Glenn Clark says Brandon Marshall will test Ravens secondary after previous struggles with tall receivers like Sidney Rice, Chris Henry and Vincent Jackson

Nestor Aparicio offers links to trailers for Michael Oher movie “The Blind Side”

Intern Super Jack says Glenn Clark, Drew Forrester both picking Ravens

Derek Arnold remembers some of Kyle Orton’s finest moments

And from the rest of the world…..

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Ray Rice’s size makes him elusive

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Dwan Edwards having ‘fun’ with more playing time

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Greg Mattison, Terrell Suggs concerned with Marshall’s ability to get ball AND his ability to make plays after catch

The Official Site’s Mike Duffy says Tavares Gooden wore non-contact jersey in practice Thursday with head injury

The Official Site says Fabian Washington knows he must go for arms instead of ball when playing much taller receivers

The Official Site says Cam Cameron believes Denver DC Mike Nolan ‘good football coach’

Denver Broncos Official Site’s Gray Caldwell says Kyle Orton thinks week off will have Broncos well ‘prepared’ for Baltimore

The Sun’s Ken Murray says Ray Rice has gone from ‘curiosity’ to ‘NFL sensation’

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Chris Carr/Ed Reed need to do more with punt returns, stop Orton from making big plays, control time of possession

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens can’t allow Brandon Marshall to burn them, Flacco to get beat up, Broncos’ defense dominate 2nd half again

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens aiming to start new streak of not allowing 100 yard rusher after giving up 100+ to Cedric Benson and Adrian Peterson in last two weeks

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Hauschka still has time to prove himself

7 of 7 Sun analysts pick Ravens

The Sun’s Mike Preston says Samari Rolle, Wally Williams think Dawan Landry, Ed Reed affected by neck injuries

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Fabian Washington still starting, but Lardarius Webb getting more first team reps

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Brendon Ayanbadejo at 1 Winning Drive Thursday, reported he’s ‘ahead of schedule’

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Reed, Flacco, Jarret Johnson, Hauschka, Tyree full participants in practice

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Derrick Mason ‘respects’ Champ Bailey, doesn’t ‘fear’ him

The Sun’s Jamison Hensley says Ravens have given up 22 pass plays of over 20 yards

The Sun’s Edward Lee says Chuck Pagano accepting blame for struggles

The Sun says Mike Nolan’s defense similar to Marvin Lewis’

The Sun remembers Ravens’ ’03 win over Danny Kannell, Broncos

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Correll Buckhalter, Knowshon Moreno have combined to rush for nearly 700 yards this season

Carroll County Times’ Aaron Wilson says Jared Gaither (neck) did not practice Thursday

Denver Post’s Jeff Legwold says Broncos will aim to keep ball out of Derrick Mason’s hands

Denver Post’s Mike Klis says Dumervil, McBean, Brian Dawkins all putting together ‘surprising’ performances for Broncos

Denver Post’s Mark Kiszla says Ray Lewis’ ‘reign of terror is over’ with Ravens’ defense struggling

The AP’s Tom Withers says Browns fans planning “Free The Birds”-type protest for Monday Night Football game against Ravens

4 of 8 USA Today analysts pick Ravens

SI’s Peter King picks Ravens 20-16

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer picks Ravens 26-23

4 of 7 Sporting News analysts pick Ravens

NFL.com’s Vic Carucci says Ravens ‘longshot’ to make playoffs due to success of Bengals, Steelers

NFL.com’s Gil Brandt says Terrell Suggs will have to figure out a way to get around Broncos OT Ryan Clady

NFL Network Analysts Brian Baldinger, Shannon Sharpe pick Ravens; Joe Theismann picks Broncos

ESPN.com’s James Walker gives Champ Bailey advantage against Derrick Mason

ESPN.com’s James Walker says Todd Heap feels ‘a little urgency’

Talk to you from Owings Mills.

-G

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