Preview: Ravens Battle Vikings in battle of the purple

MINNEAPOLIS — The Ravens leave the familiar confines of M&T Bank Stadium yet again to venture north to take on the other team in purple, the Minnesota Vikings. After a dreadful overtime loss last week to the much maligned Chicago Bears squad, the Ravens limp into week 7 falling apart at every juncture. G/T Tony Bergstrom was cut and replaced with a familiar face, WR Grif Whalen, who spent the preseason with Baltimore.

In a losing effort last week, the WRs once again could not catch the ball for the life of them, one of those tipped passes ended up becoming a 90-yard pick-six by Baltimore native and Calvert Hall Alum Adrian Amos. That play was a back-breaker for a team that had clawed its way to find anything even slightly resembling an offense. Although the Ravens had two special teams touchdowns, the miscues made by their offense and their inability to stop Jordan Howard (who carried the ball 36 times for 164 yards), made overtime a nightmare in M&T. By the end, the stadium was occupied by what looked to be about 30,000 fans.

Things To Look For:

  1. Brandon WilliamsHe has practiced two days consecutively this week and is striving to make his return this week. How effective can he be after missing a month of football? Chances are he still isn’t 100% and probably won’t be for the rest of the year.
  2. Ravens WRs: If anything comes out of this group there should be cause for celebration. Hey, if Eli Manning can do it, why can’t Joe Flacco? Am I right? *Crickets*
  3. Case Keenum: The more-than-solid backup will be likely be without his top target in Stefon Diggs. But that won’t stop Keenum from playing lights-out in front of the home crowd. The QB looks to make his mark and who better to do it against than the Baltimore Ravens?
  4. Vikings Defense: The Vikings defense is lauded by many folks, who praise it for being one of the most suffocating defenses in recent history. They have their flaws, but as a heavy zone scheme squad, they know how to make up for small miscues. Look for the Vikings to abuse the Ravens in this matchup, its looking dim for the Birds.

Details: 

Date: Sunday, Oct. 22

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Location: US Bank Stadium — Minneapolis, Minnesota

Channel: CBS (check local listings)

Stream: CBS All Access

Broadcasters: Trent Green, Greg Gumbel, Jamie Erdahl

Radio: WBAL News Radio 1090 , BaltimoreRavens.com

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