Preview of Seahawks Versus Ravens Game: A Fan’s Take

Things do not get any easier for the Seattle Seahawks, who have had their share of struggles this season. Despite heading home to the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field, the Hawks will face a 6-2 Baltimore Ravens team that is coming off a big win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Will the Seahawks be able to harness the energy of the Seattle crowd, or will Seattle be looking at a 2-7 record on Monday morning?

A stingy defense

The ageless Ray Lewis(notes) leads the Ravens, and that defense is as good as ever. So far this season, Baltimore is 5th in the NFL against the pass the 3rd against the run. That does not bode well for a Seahawks team that is 30th in the league in rushing yards and 23rd in passing yards. Marshawn Lynch(notes) did have his best game of the year against Dallas, but I can't say that I expect that sort of performance every single week.

Solid offense

Overall, the Ravens offense is not the best in the league, but they certainly have some weapons and Joe Flacco(notes) is a savvy quarterback that knows how to play well in big games. His game-winning drive against the Steelers was impressive, and it showed that he is not afraid to step up in traffic and make the big throws. Seattle has been good against the run in 2011, but their secondary still needs a lot of work.

A team in disarray

The Seahawks have scored a grand total of 28 points over the last three weeks, while giving up 63. I wish I could say that I saw some improvement in this team, but they still seem to be struggling to find their identity. Is Pete Carroll's plan unfolding as he expected? Or is each week a new adventure? Perhaps the Ravens will experience a letdown after their big win against the Steelers. However, the Seahawks are not exactly a trap game. As much as I am always hopeful, I am not necessarily optimistic about this game.

Sources:

http://espn.go.com/nfl/team/_/name/bal/baltimore-ravens

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/teams/sea/schedule

The author lives in Los Angeles, but grew up in Seattle and still roots faithfully for the Seahawks. He has been rooting for the Hawks since the old school days of Jim Zorn and Steve Largent.

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Updated Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011