It's Saturday and that means it's time for our key Baltimore Ravens of the week. The Ravens are traveling to Cleveland for an AFC North matchup against the Browns with both teams needing a win to gain a game in the standings.
There are always several key players in every game, but we do our best and examine the matchup to determine the key players for the Ravens.
The left tackle is now the guy without any question as Baltimore has traded away Bryant McKinnie and have rid the team of any controversy whatsoever. Monroe is going to be critical tomorrow as the Browns sport the sixth best pass rush in football in terms of sacks per game and protecting Joe Flacco's blind side is going to be vastly important. Not only is Monroe's ability to protect Flacco going to be big, but his ability to seal the edge on running plays needs to improve as well if this Ravens running attack is going to return to its' 2012 form.
Look, it's an AFC North division matchup, does anyone actually believe it is not going to be a hard nosed, hard fought game that will come down the final quarter? Tucker is going to be important in any divisional game because they always seem to be close, thus the Ravens cannot afford a miss from him. Baltimore will have to take advantage of every scoring opportunity they are presented with, and of course that means Tucker will be key for the Ravens.
With Kelechi Osemele ruled out, and likely to be out the rest of the season, Shipley is now the next man up at the guard position and has become one of the most important guys on the offense. Osemele was slowed down by his back injury and it was easily visible, thus Baltimore is hoping that a healthy Shipley will prove more effective than an injured Osemele on the line.
Terrell Suggs has been a man on a mission in the sack department this season and there is no question that the presence of Dumervil on the other side has helped Suggs, but this week the Browns are not going to let Suggs be the guy who beats them. Enter Dumervil, who will need to find ways to beat the protection to get to Browns quarterback Jason Campbell. If there is one thing we have learned about Campbell during his NFL career, it is that he gets extremely uncomfortable when under constant duress and Dumervil will be one of the most important players in that regard for Baltimore.
Jones has played pretty darn well since returning from his sprained MCL injury, and his performance tomorrow is going to be a huge factor for the Ravens. We have seen that Jones can change the complexion of a game at any moment, whether as a receiver or returner and we have a feeling that he is due for one. Jones has gotten close to breaking a couple returns, and his ability to flip the field position battle is going to be crucial.
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