Sunday, November 23, 2008
NFL .............. RAVENS HARBAUGH FEW DOUBTS AHEAD OF EAGLES FLYING VISIT .......
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES @ BALTIMORE RAVENS
Very little went right for the Ravens last week in their 30-10 loss at the Giants, no one has much joy running the ball against the miserly Baltimore defense usually, but New York rushed for 207 yards. That really hurt the Ravens pride and I expect that there will be a price to pay, with the Eagles settling the bill. They will certainly not face the same threat on the ground from the 26th ranked Philly rushing offense.
I am willing to forgive Baltimore that loss, it was their third consecutive away game and tiredness sets in after what was, basically, a month on the road. At home they have been very solid and only lost to the unbeaten Titans, Tennessee clinching a come from behind win, with an 80 yard touchdown drive late in the game.
Baltimore know that this win is key, they now trail division leaders Pittsburgh by two games, with time running out, but have still to host the Steelers, so victory over the Eagles is key. They will certainly have plenty of "insider information" on their opponents, as Ravens first year coach John Harbaugh, spent the previous decade on the Philly coaching staff, most of it working directly under Andy Reid. He spent nine seasons in charge of the "special teams"there and is certain to have a few tricks up his sleeve to make use of all that knowledge. Home win.
6 points Ravens money line 1.83 general quote.
NEW YORK JETS @ TENNESSEE TITANS
Titans remain unbeaten and are looking to become just the 13th team in history to go 11-0. They might well do it, but face stiff competition from the improving Jets and regardless of which team emerges victorious, I expect it to be very close and it is the visitors plus the points for me.
We (subscribers) have been with the Jets virtually all season and they have looked increasingly more like the real deal each and every week. Team leader Brett Favre isnow in sync with his receivers, has eliminated the errors from his game (touch wood) and completed almost 80% of his passes over the last two weeks, which included a fine and key divisional win in New England. That came in a short week, so the Jets have had a full ten days to prepare for this game.
Favre has been helped greatly, by the Jets improved rush attack, led by Thomas Jones, who is looking for his third straight 100 yard game.
Titans have, unsurpisingly, given up the fewest points in the NFL, with only the Colts scoring over 17 points against them. However, it is in their last two home starts that they have looked most vunerable recently, the Colts led until late in the 3rd period and Green Bay took them to overtime, with 288 yards of passing yardage. That will have Favre licking his lips in anticipation and coming here with so much confidence, they know that their position at the top of the division is safe, they look good value with the start.
6 points New York Jets +5.5 points 1.95 + ..... 1.99 in places.