Five questions and five answers previewing the Seattle Seahawks' opponent, the Baltimore Ravens, with Turron Davenport of the Baltimore Times.
Here are five questions and five answers previewing the Baltimore Ravens, the Seattle Seahawks’ opponent Sunday.
Q1: The Ravens have remained competitive despite a ton of injuries. How have they been able to do that?
A: The main thing that has allowed the Ravens to remain competitive has been John Harbaugh. He inspires the team to compete every week. It’s amazing that they’re able to stay competive despite their inability to create turnovers. They find a way to keep games close. A lot of their games have been decided late because of a big play given up by the secondary.
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Q2: Who can Seattle fans expect to see play QB for the Ravens Sunday?
A: Matt Schaub missed practice again Thursday but said he has all intentions of playing on Sunday. He has incentives in his contract that kick in with more playing time so I’d expect to see him out there. Harbaugh said they don’t have to give him extensive reps in practice. Marc Trestman, the team’s offensive coordinator, spoke to the media Thursday and hinted that the team is prepared to move forward with Jimmy Clausen as the quarterback. He also said that he wouldn’t rule Schaub out. The Ravens have installed a package of plays just in case Schaub can’t go. Clausen has taken most of the snaps. Bryn Renner was signed to the practice squad this week as well.
Q3: Can you give a brief scouting report on Kamar Aiken? Seems like an under-the-radar player.
A: Kamar Aiken is a tough, big bodied receiver that does a good job of getting off press coverage. Aiken does most of his damage on in-breaking routes (slants, digs, crossers). He doesn’t present much of a threat as far as yards after catch is concerned. He’s a possession receiver that is strong at the catchpoint. Aiken has become one of the most targeted receivers in the NFL since Steve Smith Sr. was injured. Aiken is a former journeyman having spent time with on the practice squad with the Bills, Patriots and Bears.
Q4: Baltimore’s run defense stats are pretty good — what has been the key to that?
A: Defensive tackle Brandon Williams does a great job of penetrating into the backfield and disrupting plays. He is almost unmovable at the line of scrimmage. Chris Canty is a veteran that makes plays up and down the line as well. C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith do an excellent job of filling the gaps. Mosley is as good as it gets when it comes to tracking down the ball carrier. Courtney Upshaw aggressively sets the edge which funnels outside runs back inside to Smith and Mosley.
Q5: Is the atmosphere at the stadium changing with the losses this season? Will it still be a tough one for the Seahawks to go in to?
A: This season has been one in which the Ravens have struggled to win at home. They have a 2 – 3 record at M&T Bank Stadium. The atmosphere won’t be as tough as it used to be. It’s not the same as past years. The fans have are fed up and will boo the Ravens relentlessly after a bad play.