As the Baltimore Ravens fly out to St. Louis to battle out with the Rams this Sunday, here are some key matchups to look out for.
Ravens conditioning vs Rams hurry up offense
The Rams deployed a Patriots-like no-huddle offense for a brief period against the N.Y. Giants. The Giants were so unprepared for it that they started faking injuries to buy some extra time. Ray Lewis will have to be on top of his game when it comes to calling defensive assignments to match Sam Bradford’s play-calling.
Ravens No. 2 vs Bradley Fletcher
Fletcher looked like the Rams best corner on Monday Night Football. He plays on the right side, so it will be interesting to see which Raven will be the number two receiver to line up against him, with Lee Evans still nursing an ankle injury. If Evans can’t go, it will be Torrey Smith, with an outside possibility of a Tandon Doss-sighting. Anquan Boldin should be paired up against Justin King.
Bryant McKinnie vs Chris Long
Bryant Mckinnie will have his hands full with defensive end Chris Long, who is the Rams best pass rusher. Long, who has both size and speed, can be a force to reckon with. Long needs to be neutralized for the Ravens offense to have any success.