Ravens Playoff Preview

January 02, 2013 | Jeffrey Gilley

The Baltimore Ravens have made the playoffs for five straight seasons which in today’s NFL, seems impossible. For this playoff run, the Ravens will face the Colts in what will most likely be Ray Lewis’s last home game. In the previous four playoff runs, they have never lost the first game.

It is truly difficult to imagine the Ravens losing to Andrew Luck and the Colts. Even though the Colts are a good team, their magical run could come to an end in Baltimore.

If the Ravens win, it will be because of their run game. Last week against Cincinnati, they almost reached one hundred rushing yards by the first quarter! The Colts dont have nearly the presence inside as the Bengals do and we know Ray Rice will be motivated to run hard for Ray Lewis.

The only way the Ravens lose this game is if Joe Flacco turns the ball over multiple times. But Joe has been great at home and had one of the best games of his career against the Giants.

If the Ravens want to make the Super Bowl, they will have to face a gauntlet of elite offenses (remind you of the 2000 Super Bowl run?) led by Andrew Luck, Matt Schaub, Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning. The Ravens have faced three of those teams this season and are 1-2 against them with the two losses coming against the Broncos and Texans, both of which beat the Ravens by a significant margin.

I am going to predict a Ravens victory. The Ravens are a better team and have a lot to play for. Dont forget, Ed Reed’s future uncertain as well. Ray Rice will have two hundred plus all-purpose yards and several touchdowns.