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    This is how we stack up against the RAVENS

    VIKINGS--------------------------------RAVENS
    282.5 ypg (26th) ---Offense--- 289.9 ypg (24th)
    191.4 ypg (22nd) ---Passing--- 190.8 ypg (23rd)
    91.1 ypg (28th) ----Rushing--- 99.1 ypg (18th)
    325.4 ypg (24th) ---Defense--- 290.1 ypg (6th)


    Those jerks on NFL Network picked the Ravens to beat us. In a lot of ways, this game is very similar to the Arizona game a few years ago. We lose this game and we are out of the playoffs for sure.

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    Re: This is how we stack up against the RAVENS

    :roll:

    What do those jerks at NFL Network know?

    I'll never watch that again!

    (at least for the rest of the night) :wink:

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    Re: This is how we stack up against the RAVENS

    "michaelmazid" wrote:
    Ravens--------------------------------Vikings
    282.5 ypg (26th) ---Offense--- 289.9 ypg (24th)
    191.4 ypg (22nd) ---Passing--- 190.8 ypg (23rd)
    91.1 ypg (28th) ----Rushing--- 99.1 ypg (18th)
    325.4 ypg (24th) ---Defense--- 290.1 ypg (6th)

    Those jerks on NFL Network picked the Ravens to beat us. In a lot of ways, this game is very similar to the Arizona game a few years ago. We lose this game and we are out of the playoffs for sure.
    WOW! is our defense really ranked sixth now?

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    Re: This is how we stack up against the RAVENS

    [size=18px]Postseason Still On Vikings' Christmas List[/size]

    (Sports Network) - All the Minnesota Vikings want for Christmas is a playoff berth.

    As for the Baltimore Ravens, who will play host to Mike Tice's team on Sunday night, the opportunity to play the role of spoiler will do just fine.

    Minnesota missed out on a chance to improve its postseason chances last week, falling at home to the Steelers, 18-3, to snap a six-game winning streak. The Vikings entered Week 16 still in the NFC Wild Card hunt along with the Buccaneers, Redskins, and Cowboys, but would likely have to win their final two contests and get some help to advance to the postseason for a second consecutive year. Minnesota was two games back of NFC North-leading Chicago as Week 16 began, needing a win and a Bears loss to the Packers on Sunday in order to remain in the division title mix. Minnesota will play host to Chicago on the final day of the regular season.

    There will be no playoff implications for the Ravens heading into the Christmas night affair, but Brian Billick and company will have a chance to build on Monday's 48-3 rout of the Green Bay Packers. Baltimore is trying to avoid its first 10-loss season since Billick took the helm in 1999, and also has a chance to emerge from the AFC North cellar. The Ravens and Browns were both 5-9 heading into Week 16, and the teams will square off next Sunday in Cleveland for a battle to stay out of the basement.


    SERIES HISTORY

    The all-time series between the Vikings and Ravens is knotted at one, with Minnesota taking a 38-28 road decision in 1998 and Baltimore returning the favor with a 19-3 home victory in the 2001 regular season finale. The latter game was the first in the tenure of Tice, who had taken over for Dennis Green on an interim basis.

    Billick is 1-0 in his career against the Vikings, for whom he served as an assistant coach from 1992 through 1998. Tice is 0-1 head-to-head against both Billick and the Ravens.


    VIKINGS OFFENSE VS. RAVENS DEFENSE

    After playing efficiently throughout the Vikings' six-game winning streak, Minnesota quarterback Brad Johnson (1390 passing yards, 8 TD, 4 INT) failed to consistently move the offense in the team's loss to the Steelers. Johnson completed 16-of-30 passes for 143 yards in the game, failing to lead a touchdown drive and also tossing a pair of picks. Johnson's passer rating for 2005 dropped to 83.7 following the outing. Four Minnesota wide receivers had multiple receptions against the Steelers, with Koren Robinson (20 receptions, 1 TD) and Travis Taylor (42 receptions, 2 TD) catching three balls each and Nate Burleson (20 receptions, 1 TD) and Marcus Robinson (30 receptions, 5 TD) contributing two receptions apiece. Tight end and Vikings receptions leader Jermaine Wiggins (59 receptions) was held to two catches for nine yards while battling a sprained left ankle. Wiggins is expected to be in the lineup this week. The Minnesota line allowed two sacks last week, and has now surrendered an NFC-high 51 on the year. The Vikes are 22nd in the league in passing offense (191.4 yards per game).

    The Ravens come into Week 16 ranked seventh in the league against the pass (183.3 yards per game), and are fresh off their biggest playmaking game of the season. The Baltimore secondary intercepted Green Bay quarterbacks Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers a total of three times, and nearly had three more picks slip through their collective hands. Cornerbacks Deion Sanders (25 tackles, 2 INT) and Samari Rolle (30 tackles, 1 INT) each had interceptions, and safety Chad Williams (44 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT) came up with an interception, a sack, and a forced fumble in the win. Baltimore had three sacks altogether in the win, with end Terrell Suggs (59 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 INT) and outside linebacker Adalius Thomas (72 tackles, 7 sacks, 2 INT) both breaking through along with Williams. Thomas capped off the Baltimore scoring by returning a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown late in the contest.

    The Minnesota running game struggled mightily in the loss to the Steelers, with running backs Michael Bennett (392 rushing yards, 23 receptions, 4 TD), Ciatrick Fason (63 rushing yards, 3 TD) and Mewelde Moore (556 rushing yards, 27 receptions, 2 TD) combining for just 48 ground yards on 16 carries. Bennett and Fason also lost key fumbles in the defeat. Bennett was the most successful member of the trio, carrying 11 times for 43 yards, and will remain the starter for the Baltimore game. The Vikings rank just 28th in the league in rushing offense (91.1 yards per game) as Week 16 begins.

    Baltimore is 13th in the league in rushing defense (106.8 yards per game) going into the Minnesota game, and was not challenged much on the ground by a Green Bay team that fell behind early and was forced to take to the air. Before the Ravens opened up the big lead, the team did allow Green Bay running back Samkon Gado to accrue 45 yards on six carries. Vying to halt more big runs will be the Ravens linebacking corps of Thomas, Tommy Polley (81 tackles, 3 sacks), and Bart Scott (78 tackles, 4 sacks). Scott recorded a team-high 11 tackles and had a fumble recovery versus the Packers, while Polley chipped in with six stops. Baltimore run-stoppers Kelly Gregg (51 tackles, 2 sacks) and Maake Kemoeatu (35 tackles) were quiet in the win over Green Bay, combining for five tackles on the night.


    RAVENS OFFENSE VS. VIKINGS DEFENSE

    Fresh off his best game of the 2005 season and perhaps his entire pro career is Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller (1359 passing yards, 8 TD, 9 INT), who completed 19-of-27 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in the win over the Packers. Boller's passer rating of 136.8 moved his 2005 mark up to 71.9. The signal-caller's favorite targets were tight end Todd Heap (69 receptions, 6 TD) and wideout Derrick Mason (74 receptions, 2 TD). Heap caught nine passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns in his top game of 2005, and Mason chipped in with five catches for 97 yards in the contest. The Boller TD pass that did not go to Heap was caught in one- handed fashion by third wideout Randy Hymes (11 receptions, 2 TD), marking Hymes' lone grab of the game. Blossoming rookie and No. 2 receiver Mark Clayton (36 receptions, 1 TD) was held to two catches for 24 yards against Green Bay, but also rushed three times for 14 yards and scored the second touchdown of his career on the ground. The Ravens line did not allow a sack on Monday night, but has surrendered a total of 38 on the year. Baltimore is 23rd in the league in passing offense (190.8 yards per game).

    Boller will be operating against a playmaking Vikings secondary, one that has accounted for 22 of the team's 23 interceptions thus far in 2005. At the heart of that effort is free safety Darren Sharper (41 tackles, 8 INT), who was named to his first Pro Bowl as a member of the Vikings earlier this week. Sharper had three tackles in the loss to the Steelers, but neither he nor any other member of the Minnesota defense managed a pick off of Ben Roethlisberger. Elsewhere in the secondary, strong safety Corey Chavous (59 tackles, 2 INT) had five tackles in the Pittsburgh loss, and cornerback Antoine Winfield (89 tackles, 4 INT) pitched in with four. A Vikings pass rush that had struggled for most of the season tallied four sacks against the Steelers last week. Rookie end Erasmus James (21 tackles, 4 sacks) posted his first two-sack game as a pro, and fellow linemen Kevin Williams (32 tackles, 2 sacks) and Lance Johnstone (16 tackles, 7.5 sacks) also broke through to "Big Ben." The Vikes allowed just 149 yards through the air against the Steelers, and now rank 22nd in NFL passing defense (211.1 yards per game).

    Another of the encouraging aspects of the Ravens' win on Monday night was the play of running back Jamal Lewis (743 rushing yards, 27 receptions, 4 TD), who has endured major questions about his desire and attitude in 2005. Lewis carried 22 times for 105 yards and a touchdown against the Packers, marking just his second 100-yard outing of the season. Also involved versus Green Bay was backup Chester Taylor (436 rushing yards, 34 receptions, 1 TD), who made his six carries count for 37 yards. The blowout also meant some extended time for third-string back Jamel White, whose first six attempts of the 2005 season went for 17 yards. Baltimore is now 18th in the league in rushing offense (99.1 yards per game).

    The Vikings had trouble containing the Steelers' power running game last week, allowing Pittsburgh to control the clock and the field position game with 142 yards on the ground. Seeking to avoid a repeat performance will be Minnesota's defensive tackle tandem of Kevin Williams and Pat Williams (58 tackles, 1.5 sacks), who combined for eight tackles versus the Steelers in a losing effort. Also active against the Steelers were linebackers Sam Cowart (75 tackles, 1 sack) and Raonall Smith (29 tackles), with Cowart's nine tackles leading the team and Smith ranking among Minnesota leaders with four solo stops. Following last Sunday's effort, the Vikings now rank 19th in NFL rushing defense (114.2 yards per game).


    OVERALL ANALYSIS

    The Ravens played inspired football on Monday night against the Packers, but take some pause when picking them to do it again, as Baltimore has not posted back-to-back strong performances yet this season. Minnesota has something to play for this week, whereas Green Bay did not, and the Ravens could be about to experience the difference. Look for the Vikings to make some big plays against a Baltimore defense that is not immune to giving them up, and expect the playmaking Viking secondary to force some miscues off of the still turnover-prone Boller. Minnesota wins a narrow, low-scoring battle on Christmas night.



    Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Vikings 16, Ravens 13


    12/22 15:46:31 ET

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    Re: This is how we stack up against the RAVENS

    I think this is a great week for the Vikings. The Ravens offense focuses on the running game which has been our strongest point on defense. I think this will play right into the Vikings defensive scheme forcing the Ravens to throw the ball alot which will lead to a couple of turnovers by our secondary.

    All I can say about their D right now is that thank god Ray Lewis is out!! I dont see our offense doing a lot in this game, doing just enough for us to pull out the win. Our defense will be keeping us in this game.

    Overall, I dont care how large or narrow the victory is as long as we can pull it out.

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    Re: This is how we stack up against the RAVENS

    "whiteboy" wrote:
    "michaelmazid" wrote:
    Ravens--------------------------------Vikings
    282.5 ypg (26th) ---Offense--- 289.9 ypg (24th)
    191.4 ypg (22nd) ---Passing--- 190.8 ypg (23rd)
    91.1 ypg (28th) ----Rushing--- 99.1 ypg (18th)
    325.4 ypg (24th) ---Defense--- 290.1 ypg (6th)

    Those jerks on NFL Network picked the Ravens to beat us. In a lot of ways, this game is very similar to the Arizona game a few years ago. We lose this game and we are out of the playoffs for sure.
    WOW! is our defense really ranked sixth now?
    Not my team. My teams ranked 24th in defense.

    The Ravens are ranked 6th.

    I think Michael has the Vikings & Ravens in the wrong columns!

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    Re: This is how we stack up against the RAVENS

    i wish the vikings were ranked 6th

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    Haha I was gonna say I know our defense has gotten better lately, but there is now way we are ranked 6th.

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    Re: This is how we stack up against the RAVENS

    thats a little bit of a reach
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    Re: This is how we stack up against the RAVENS

    This is the correct stats/standings;

    Vikings----------------------------Ravens
    282.5 ypg (26th) ---Offense--- 289.9 ypg (24th)
    191.4 ypg (22nd) ---Passing--- 190.8 ypg (23rd)
    91.1 ypg (28th) ----Rushing--- 99.1 ypg (18th)
    325.4 ypg (24th) ---Defense--- 290.1 ypg (6th)

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